Back to school shopping is a big deal for both children and their parents. For kids, it’s an exciting time where they get the chance to choose their school gear. Most parents know what their kids need as far as classroom supplies go (many institutions provide a convenient list). There are a few other school supplies that are not a part of the enclosed list from school, but still important for everyday at school. Below is a list of essential items your children need when going back to school:

Stainless Steel Lunchbox

This is one the most important things for any child to have during school time. Your child’s lunch is quite possibly their second most important meal of the day, so you should invest in it.  Packing a home cooked meal will ensure that they are eating a truly healthy lunch which will help them focus throughout the school day. It will also go a long way towards teaching them healthy eating habits. Also, stainless steel lunchboxes are safe and durable as well. You will only have to buy a lunchbox once in a school year assuming your child doesn’t lose it.

School Bag

This is another important thing topping the back to school shopping list of children and parents. Look for bags which are light weight and well-made to carry an entire days’ books and stationery.  Make sure the bag is right size for your kid’s age and has comfortable shoulder straps that fit well.

Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is one of the most important things your child can do for their health. Buying them a water bottle they like will get them started on thinking about hydration and start them on good drinking habits. Stainless steel water bottles are great for children because they are durable and nontoxic. Plastic water bottles can leach into your child’s water, which is something you don’t want.

Small Umbrella or Cap
You never want your children to have to walk home in the rain or sun without some type of cover; that’s how they get sick. Give your child a small umbrella that they can keep in their bag and you won’t have to worry about them being caught out in scorching heat or rain.

For children out there, going back to school after their summer break is an important event. They look forward to sharing their vacation stories and holiday experiences with their class. They are equally excited to flaunt their new school gear and that’s why it’s important to choose them well. While you are shopping, make sure you are choosing the best in terms of comfort, quality and safety as well!