My Back To School Essentials

I love back to school shopping, mainly because I can buy a TON of random office supplies without my family thinking I’m crazy. From grade school to college, my back to school shopping has definitely changed so I split my shopping list into to categories. The first being, ” school related” and the second being “home”.

I have plenty of supplies in my stash at home, but the few school related things I like to stock up on every year/semester are

  • post its
  • paperclips
  • page flags
  • pens
  • mechanical pencils
  • black and colored ink
  • 24 pound paper
  • highlighters
  • 3 subject Five Star notebook
  • file folders / accordion folder

These are things I use for studying or for keeping my documents organized. I’m super picky when it comes to things like paper and pen quality, so my go-to brands are Five Star, TUL, Post- It, Uni-ball, Sharpie, and basically any big name brands that carry quality products, most found at Office Depot.

For planning purposes, I don’t mind using fun pens and cute Target sticky notes, but when I am studying I don’t want to worry about my pen going out or my sticky notes not sticking properly, and I also prefer to keep all school supplies plain; with out decoration and 100% functional.

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My “home” school supply shopping list is very different. These are the things I like to make sure I have by the time school starts.

  • candles
  • water bottles
  • hand sanitizer
  • hand lotion
  • granola bars
  • shoes
  • jeans
  • sweater
  • comfy t shirts
  • sweatshirts
  • bobby pins
  • hair ties
  • dry shampoo
  • chap stick
  • pack of gum
  • makeup (if anything is running low)

When the semester starts, I am usually pretty busy and most likely stressed, so I don’t want to worry about clothes shopping, finding comfortable walking shoes, or running out of my daily cosmetics.

I ALWAYS burn a candle when I sit down to study, so I stock up on different relaxing scents like pineapple creme, vanilla, pumpkin, peonies, lemon poppyseed, green tea, lavender, and other scents that aren’t too harsh.

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Being comfortable is my MAIN focus when getting ready to head to class, so I like have plenty of options when it comes to clothes and shoes. I own about 50 sweaters/ sweatshirts because even if its hot outside in the beginning of fall, it’s most likely freezing in class. Same goes for pants. I always wear something that doesn’t constrict me so I can relax and focus on the task at hand.

For shoes, I like to wear a comfortable pair of athletic shoes, slides (that are easy to walk in) or boots when it starts getting chilly.

I also like to keep hand sanitizer and hand lotion in my backpack along with some type of lip balm. I also keep a hair tie and bobby pins with me in case I may want them.

Last but not least SNACKS. Being out of the house for hours at a time, I’m bound to get hungry or thirsty. I buy waters in bulk and always have one in my back pack, and usually keep a granola bar or bag of almonds to hold me over until lunch or dinner.

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