22 Back-to-School Gear Must-Haves for 2018
1. Steady Sloths
Because after struggling through a looooong morning routine, you’ll smile when you see your own slow mover slip this backpack on. $23.
2. All the Llamas
A line of colorful mammals inching along just might be the magic that helps your kid learn to measure. $2; Staples stores.
3. Shiny Things
4. A Winged Book Bag
Perfect for your angel, this lightweight pack has a zippered slot where you can slip last-minute notes. $44.
5. Bendable Kid Specs
6. A Nod to Minecraft
Want a smart, sneaky way to please your Minecraft-obsessed kid? Put this thermos in his lunch box! $15.
7. This Face!
You see the wee wings and toothy grin, and then it hits you. This lunch box is… a hanging bat. Dying! $15.
8. Cactus Love
We’re prickly about being force-fed trends, but we’re stuck on succulents. This pencil case from buy-one-give-one Yoobi is the best. $6.
9. JanSport for Smalls
JanSport’s SuperBreak is mini and ultralight, but the design of the universe feels big. $48.
10. Stitch Fix Kids
Order a box of eight to 12 pieces from brands like Hanna Andersson and Nike to come to your door. Keep what you like ($10 to $35 per item), and return the rest. Sizes 2T to 14.
11. Hued Glue
It’s a have-to-have ingredient for DIY slime, but Elmer’s glitter glue is a legit item for your school-supply list too. $5.50/bottle.
12. A Mermicorno!
ZoLi x Tokidoki’s insulated jar keeps your kid’s mac ’n’ cheese warm for six hours, and this one’s got a unicorn-mermaid on it. Win. And win. $30.
13. Graphic Dinos
Our mom editors flipped for these line drawings on Zip & Zoe’s bag. We all agree that a side water-bottle pocket is key. $30.
14. A Stockpile of Pencils
15. A Light Lunch
We’d love this bag even if it didn’t come in pink camo, because it’s small enough to fit in little backpacks. $20.
16. Love Notes
Twelve cards in six shapes let you slip a quick message in with your kid’s sandwich. Our suggestion for Day 1: You’re going to rock this year! $12.
17. Smiling Sneaks
A new year calls for new kicks—and these monsters are both comfy and adorbs. Plus, they’re so light your preschooler will feel even speedier in them! $40.
18. Far-Out Socks
Summertime play does a grubby number on socks, but a few fresh cotton blend pairs will perk up a kid’s supply. $14.50 for three.
19. A+ Pack
Cult-fave baby-carrier-brand Tula is coming to preschool. Its impeccably crafted (and cute) backpack features magnetic closures and a sliding chest clip. $79.
20. A Rainbow Notebook
21. A Rocket Tee
Ready for blastoff! $26; oshkosh.com.
22. A Bedazzled Backpack
This article originally appeared in Parents magazine as 'You're Welcome; 22 Things That Will Delight You And Your Kid All School Year.'