The summer holidays are in full swing and you’re likely to have 1000 things on your mind; from how to keep the kids entertained, how to keep the house clean, and how to prepare for your holiday. However, one thing that you may not be planning for (but definitely should be) is the new school year!
Now is the perfect time to be getting the back to school collection organised for September. It may sound a bit early to begin thinking about it but the later you leave it the more you will have to rush to get everything, and the more likely you are to forget something or encounter the dreaded ‘out of stock’ items!
To help you make sure you have everything that your children need for the return to school, we’ve created a checklist for both parents and students. Use our checklists as a guide to what you must have prepared for the new school year.
Back to School Checklist for Parents
If you have young children then this checklist is for you. This checklist is a very useful guideline to help you avoid the back to school chaos.
Create your own back to school supplies list
It’s so important to make sure that your child goes back to school equipped with everything that they need. But with so many options out there it can be difficult to know what to buy for your back to school supplies. The list below outlines the standard items that you must have:
Pen (consider buying one good pen to use regularly and a pack of biro pens as spares)
Correction fluid (e.g. Tipp-ex)
These are common across every subject throughout all school years. However, depending on which subjects your child studies, you may find additional supplies are required such as:
Let’s cover some of the back to school clothing essentials. Your child’s school may outline a preferred list of uniform, but if they do not then use our checklist for clothes below:
Four shirts (or polo shirts if this is the uniform)
Two pairs of trousers or skirts
One school sweatshirt or blazer (a spare is often a good idea)
During the holidays is the perfect time to experiment with new school lunch ideas. If your child has a packed lunch then why not try variations of their favourite to mix it up a bit. We don’t recommend trying this when they return to school as they may not like it and be in a position where they don’t have lunch!
This is also a great opportunity to better understand how to ‘back to school shop’ on a budget as you will have time to compare prices between supermarkets, making sure you can provide a great lunch without breaking the bank.
Update the Calendar
If your child’s school have already posted their calendar for the new school year then take this time to include any relevant dates on your home calendar. This will be a great time saver and can help make sure that you don’t forget any important occasions. You can also add these events to your phone calendar.
The list below outlines items that you may have from the previous school year, but may need replacing:
School Bag or Backpack
Belt (if needed)
Gloves, hat and scarf
Jacket (you can use an existing jacket if it’s in good condition)
Back to School Checklist for Students
We’ve also created a back to school checklist for college, university, or even secondary school students who need to buy their own supplies. If this is for you then enjoy these tips and simple back to school life hacks.
Organise Your Wardrobe
If you no longer wear a school uniform then you’ll need to ensure that you have your own suitable clothing to wear. Check your school guidelines to know what back to school outfits you can wear, some may prohibit certain brands or designs.
Make sure you have enough clothes for a week, and if you’re fashion savvy then you will save time by deciding what outfits look great during your summer holidays.
If you do have to wear a uniform then you will still need to purchase school shoes. We recommend purchasing these as early as possible and wearing them a few times prior to the new school year to ensure they fit well.
Knowing how many back to school outfits you will need is dependent on whether or not you need to wear a uniform, but a good rule of thumb is to have a minimum of four potential outfit choices.
Buy Your Supplies
Start by creating your very own ‘back to school supplies list’. Take inspiration from what you needed last year, and think about the subjects that you will be studying. Use our supplies checklist from the parent’s guide for inspiration.
You can always use any supplies from the previous school year, but try to think if there are any back to school supplies that you need that you won’t already have. The last thing you want is to find yourself ill prepared on your first week back!
Make sure that you have considered whether or not you will need the following:
Notepads (as these are provided in some schools you may not require these)
Although the checklists above include a lot of the ‘must-have’ items for you or your child, it’s not necessarily an exhaustive list. If you can think of anything else that you will need then add this to the bottom and keep yourself well prepared for the new school year!
Make sure you do one special thing during all of your preparation and organisation for the return to school, and that is to enjoy the holidays! If you have any time off or are going on holiday, then don’t distract yourself too much with the worry of being organised. Begin as early as you can and you will have nothing to worry about.
One last thing to remember is this; even if your child has to wear a uniform to school, they can still show off their style by choosing a pair of boy’s school shoes or girls school shoes that look and feel great.