Back to School season is well underway, and now is the best time to start collecting what is needed for yourself or the student in your life. Back-to-School sales are popping up in countless US retailers right now so don’t miss this opportunity to gather up all the needed materials to kick off the school year the right way.
If you’re not sure where to start, we have taken the time to compile a list of the top back to school supplies to make for a great school year. Now all you have to do is pick and choose what is right for you.
Wanna scoop up all of the back to school essentials in one neat little package? Crayola knows you do. That’s why they created the Crayola Supply pack. Crayola supply packs basically compile all of the basics a grade school student might need and wraps them up in neat little packages tailored to a range of grades. For example, the sixth through eighth grade supply pack includes portfolios, spiral notebooks, pens, colored pencils, washable markers, dry erase markers, index cards, scissors, ruler and the list goes on. With the absolutely exhaustive list of items in a Crayola supply pack, students will never find themselves unprepared no matter what tasks are thrown their way.
Lugging around a bag filled with text books can add some rather unwelcome back pain to the stress of a full course load. Lighten the load with an E-reader. The most popular of these would be the Amazon Kindle, which allows users to carry countless books around with them in one handy device. With this wonderful device, students can have an entire year’s reading list at their fingertips.
The Freshman Survival Kit is like the post-secondary school version of the Crayola Supply pack. It is meant to give those getting their first taste of dormitory life what they need to get off to a good start. This one comes with a dry erase board, a flash drive, notepad, sticky-notes, index cards, book light, multi-tool, stress ball and various writing implements. If this one doesn’t do it for you, you can always make your own, but buying a pre-made kit like this does tend to make it easier.
This one is a no-brainer. If you are going to school, you are going to need a backpack to carry around… so many things. This EcoCity Classic Backpack combines style and function in a way which has made it a very popular choice. It contains a main compartment and a front zipper pouch, along with a zipper in the back meant to keep a laptop safe. It also has side pouches which are great for storing a water bottle or umbrella.
Hunger negatively impacts learning. That is a fact. This can be remedied by bringing along a nice full lunch to school every day. There is just the matter of storing it safely until that glorious noon-hour bell rings. A good lunch bag gets the job done right, and the right one can do a lot to enhance the lunch experience. For example, this PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag from Bed Bath and Beyond contains a freezable gel that can be frozen the night before, keeping your lunch cold for up to 10 hours. Hopefully you won’t have to wait that long before you dig in.
One freshman survival essential that you won’t find in any pre-made freshman survival kit, is a mini-fridge. These dorm friendly devices fit nicely into even the most cramped of living quarters, while providing much needed refrigeration to yogurt, milk, energy drinks and any other food a student might need to fuel those late-night study sessions.
There was a time when assignments would be entirely researched with library books and typed out on a typewriter. Those days are long over. Now a computer is an absolute necessity for students, especially those starting post-secondary education. A laptop is the preferred device for these purposes as they can be taken to class, the library or used at home. The good news is laptops are cheaper than they have ever been before. Bestbuy.com has them starting at less than $200.
As most school assignments have moved towards the use of computers, a removable storage device like a USB drive is an undoubtedly essential. This enables students to carry around assignments and research to different computers, without having to upload these things to the internet. This makes them the most secure and reliable way to make sure you have access to your data, wherever you are. Newegg tends to have pretty good prices on them, with some drives reaching up to 256 gigabytes of storage capacity. That is enough for an entire school career.
A tablet can be a good supplement to a laptop, or it can be good all by itself. The real value in tablets is their amazing portability. They are great for taking notes on the go, or doing some quick studying on the bus. These are perfect for those who do not want to lug around a laptop and a bunch of notebooks all day.