Detroit Mom-Recommended Back-to-School Essentials


Summer is coming to a close and soon enough, those alarms will be set for early morning school wake-ups. Can you believe how quickly summer flew by? As much as we wish summer could stay forever, it’s time to start thinking about trading in the water tables and bathing suits for back-to-school essentials.

If your child’s school supply items lasted the entire previous school year, you can sit back and kick up your feet because you, my friend, don’t need any new back to school essentials. But if you need to replace some of those well-loved items, or want to try out something new, you’re in the right spot!

kids sitting outside brick building with backpacks on

Nothing quite hypes up a new school year like new school supplies. But, with so many options out there, it can be hard to know which backpacks or water bottles will be the best fit for your family. Together with our team and local moms from our community groups, we’ve put together a list of Detroit Mom-recommended back-to-school essentials that your family is sure to love.

Here is a list of popular back-to-school essentials:

Backpacks, Lunch boxes, and Snack bags

Let’s start with the items sure to get the most use. That backpack needs to be sturdy, durable, AND on-trend. And the lunch box or snack bag? Easy to clean and sure to keep cold foods cold, and hot foods hot (or, warm). Here are some of the backpacks, lunch boxes, and snack bags we recommend!


Lunch Boxes

Snack Bags

First Day of School Signs

Everyone loves those first day of school photo-ops, and what better way to celebrate a new school year than with a fun, new sign? These are great because they are reusable, so year after year you can watch your kids grow with the same sign, from preschool all the way to high school. Do they still pose with this sign in high school? Let me know. I have a long way to go until my kids are that age!


With so many schools incorporating technology into the daily classroom experience, a pair of headphones are a must for your child. It can be helpful for your child to have their own pair of headphones to cut down on germs. You can easily slip them into a gallon-sized plastic bag with your child’s name on the front!


With the worry of losing an item at school, having your child’s name on things is a great idea. I speak from experience (former elementary school teacher here!) when I tell you that things go missing ALL the time in the classroom. The lost and found is a great place to look if something goes missing, but with your child’s name in it, it will be even easier to return to the owner. If you have a cricut machine, you could even make your own! If not, check out these label brands.

Locker items

For the middle school and high school students, a locker is quite important. Equally as important as its use, is making sure it is neat and organized so that homework doesn’t get lost and coats don’t get stuck in the door. And, if a phone or computer will be spending time in the locker, make sure it has a lock screen to keep the contents secure if it gets lost. Here are some other helpful locker items to have.

Organizational products

Keeping all the things organized all the time can be a dream–or, a nightmare. It just depends on your personality! I love to organize everything, but sometimes it’s a little overwhelming. If the thought of organizing stresses you out, here are a few products to make your life a little easier when school starts.

Water Bottles

It’s important to stay hydrated, and a great water bottle is key to this. When your child is at school, you want one that will not only keep them hydrated but that will also last the entire school year (or maybe even longer!). There can be so many options to choose from, so we’ve narrowed it down for you!

We hope this list of back-to-school essentials is helpful as you prep your kids for the back-to-school season. Nothing can compare to the excitement of finding out your child’s teacher, visiting the school, and seeing your kids smile as they greet friends both old and new. Wishing you a successful start to the school year!

There’s still some time left to enjoy these hot summer days. Check out our list of ice cream experiences you have to have!

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