Must-Have Supplies for the First Day of School

Change of Clothes
Ted Morrison
We asked Jan Harp Domene, national president of the PTA, to explain what stuff your little student really needs to bring on the first day of school.
Ted Morrison
Ted Morrison

Art Supplies

Ask the teacher for specifics. And remember: Those markers should be washable!

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Ted Morrison

Luggage Tag

Attach it inside the backpack so no one can see your contact info.

Avoid brown-bagging your little one's lunch. Find the perfect lunchbox, whether your kid is just starting preschool or is a school veteran.

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Ted Morrison

Two-Pocket Folder

Keep permission slips, class announcements, and your kid's art in one place.

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Ted Morrison

Alcohol-Free Antibacterial Wipes

Kids need these to clean their hands and desks so they won't swap germs.

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Ted Morrison

Tissues

The teacher will be grateful -- he usually has to buy them for the classroom himself.

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Ted Morrison

Blanket for Reading and Naptime

Don't buy a huge one: Your child needs it for comfort, not warmth.

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Ted Morrison

A Family Photo

Just be sure it won't make your child more homesick.

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Ted Morrison

A Change of Clothes

The teacher will need it on hand if your kid gets messy or has an accident.

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