Top 5 Stylishly Savvy Back to School Essentials Every Child Needs

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Burton, Converse, Fjällräven, Herschel Supply Co., hydro flask, Instance, JanSport, Klean Kanteen, Mizu, Nalgene, Native, The North Face, Vans. Top 5 Stylishly Savvy Back to School Essentials Every Child Needs

It’s that time of year again. Early mornings kick-started by irritating alarm clocks and rushing out the front door to make the first bell. Some kids love it, while others dread it. The same can be said for parents.

While back to school time has its unpredictable (and predictable) ups-and-downs, one that you control is ensuring your kids are ready for school with the right gear.

With these top 5 practical and stylish class essentials, you’re going to be able to turn the back to school blues into back to school grooves.




Kid’s Metalhead 18L 

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The North Face

Youth Recon Squash

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Herschel Supply Co.

Youth Heritage Backpack

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Disney High Stakes 25L

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First, your child is obviously going to need a backpack. You’re going to want to choose a pack that’s large enough to hold all their school gear, but that isn’t too big that it becomes uncomfortable and doesn’t fit them well.

Lucky for you, we carry many youth backpacks in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes, meaning you’ll be sure to find one that suits the specific needs of your child.

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Water Bottle

12 oz bottle

Hydro Flask

12oz Standard Mouth Bottle

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Klean Kanteen

12 oz Kid Kanteen

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Tritan Narrow Mouth 16oz

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Whether your child is sitting in class or out playing soccer at recess, hydration is crucial. A readily available water bottle is convenient and allows them to fill, carry, and drink as they wish instead of lining up at the water fountain. Choose the right bottle that functions easily and looks unique – so that they won’t lose it. A refillable water bottle will also help to eliminate unnecessary plastic bottle waste.

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Lucky Socks

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Toddler Girl’s Pop Box Socks

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Girl’s Hello Kitty Socks

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Toddler’s Monkey Box Socks

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Kid’s Snakes N Bones Socks

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Everyone should have a few lucky pairs of socks. Whether your child has a test that day or a softball game that evening, a pair of well-made socks is a great addition to any outfit. Throw in a selection of styles that range from cute to straight-up funky looking, and you’ll be sure to spice up your kids’ wardrobe with socks that they’ll be excited to show off at school.

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Light-Soled Shoes

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Big Kid’s Monaco Low 

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Kid’s Sk8-Hi Zip

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Kid’s Old Skool V

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Kid’s Unisex Chuck Taylor Core Ox

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Some schools ask that students have a pair of indoor shoes with a white, or fair coloured, sole to avoid leaving scuff marks on the polished floors. These shoes are usually worn for Physical Education class or are simply requested to be put on by your child once they have arrived indoors. Whatever their foot size, we’ve got a selection of kids and youth shoes that your child will surely get a kick out of wearing at school.

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Warm Hoodie or Jacket

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The North Face

Girl’s Reversible Breezeway Wind Jacket

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Kid’s Fox Sweater

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The North Face

Toddler Logowear Full Zip

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The North Face

Boy’s Flurry Wind Hoodie

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When the fall temperatures start, walks to school and playing outside during recess can become chilly activities. Ensure your child is prepared for cooler temperatures by packing them a warm hoodie or jacket in their school bag. There is nothing less enjoyable for both kids and parents than having them start the school year with a runny nose.

Whether your child enjoys going back to school or not, equipping them with some of the savvy gear listed above will at least ensure they’ll be ready for the classroom and school yard.

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