Backpacks and Lunch Essentials for Back to School
We are in the final stretch of summer days here in Connecticut. My first grader returns to school on August 31st! That means it is time to start our back to school shopping.
Over the summer I’ve been going through ALL the kids stuff. Taking a careful look at all the inventory of their closets, shoes, socks, underwear, backpacks and lunch boxes. I even sorted through all the leftover baby gear and toys that we’ve been holding onto for nearly 7 years. It was a project but the closets are ready to go, I have my lists, and I’m ready to restock and resupply what we need.
This year will be the first time we have all three kids in some level of school. Anthony starts his first year of preschool. A two day a week program for three hours in the morning. This is Valentina’s last year of preschool – she will go three days a week for four hours. And, Gabriella is a seasoned elementary schooler starting first grade.
Lots of moving parts every day with school and activities and that is why I am trying my best to feel I am ahead of all the madness by filling out the calendar, getting the house semi-organized for the new school year and making my lists of things to buy.
I may not actually get ahead, but checking things off on a list really does some wonders for my mind. I’m a paper and pencil and list maker. Nothing more rewarding than crossing things off.
Gabriella’s backpack and lunchbox from kindergarten is still all in great shape. (YAY!) She picked out items from Potty Barn Kids, and although it was a splurge – it lasted and still has life left in it! I’m gonna order her a new lunchbox container so I’m not washing the same one every single night. I like the Stainless Steel options for Gabriella as I find it keeps her food cooler, longer and she is gone from 8:30am – 3:30pm. It is worth the higher price for her food to not be all jolted around on the bus and throughout her long day. I also purchased a THERMOS insulated stainless steel food jar last year that has held up great. Gabriella was getting sick of sandwiches so we added this to have hot lunch options like mac and cheese or chicken nuggets or even soup!
Valentina has a small SKIPHOP backpack and SKIPHOP matching UNICORN lunchbag from her days of Mother’s Day Out. I do need to get some new EASYLUNCHBOXES Bento lunchbox containers and grab her a new reusable water bottle. The EASYLUNCHBOXES are great for keeping things organized for a preschooler. Val eats lunch at school and then I pick her up right after. For her age, three items is just enough for her to manage during her 25 minute lunch. Anthony eats no lunch, but also has a SKIPHOP backpack. I just love SKIPHOP products and they wash and wear so well! Backpacks under $20 and lunchbags under $15. I pack the kids snacks for road trips in these lunch boxes and bags too so they are used almost year round.
Rule is one item for each year of their age – so if you have a three year old, pack three things – it you have a six year old pack six things. Gabriella gets four lunch items and two snacks. Val gets 2 lunch items and one snack.
I really prefer a water bottle that is STAINLESS or GLASS – I just find the plastic gets a funny taste to it after awhile and I don’t like it at all. I hand wash all our reusable water bottles too and prefer them to have a cover that closes off where you put your mouth. That way when my kids are off for the day I know the mouthpiece on their bottle is closed off to anything else touching it. YUCK! Germs! We had out share last year and I’ve become more mindful of ways to avoid germs if I can help it!
Are you ready for back to school? Is there anything you need to restock or order new this year?