27th August, 2019

The Back-To-School Checklist: Here’s Everything your Child Needs

By Adam B

The next school year is almost upon us, and for you that means one thing: The dreaded back-to-school shopping list.

We decided that we’d try and take the stress out of shopping and provide you with a list of everything your child needs for their return to school.

There probably isn’t as much as you think, and it doesn’t have to cost you the world either.

This list means you can quickly buy everything you need and then relax with a cuppa. Sound good? Then let’s take a look…


  • Shirts
  • Trousers
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Jumpers
  • Tights
  • Shoes
  • Socks


  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Socks
  • Trainers
  • Swimming trunks / costume
  • Goggles
  • Pencil case
  • Handwriting pens
  • Pencils
  • Coloured pencils
  • Calculator
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Highlighters
  • Maths set (protractor, setsquare, compass)


  • School bag

We polled some of our readers and asked what their favourite lunchboxes were, to bring you our recommended options! 

Tula - Deep Ocean Kids Backpack

This deep ocean scene is one of many different designs offered by Tula. Designed to be comfy, easy to use and offer lots of storage space, the Tula backpack offers the perfect option for back to school: Get yours today at https://tulababy.co.uk/collections/kids-backpack/products/deep-ocean-tula-kids-backpack 

Little Picture Company - Personalised Clever Fox Mini Backpack

We featured this backpack in 2017 and we're pleased to say the clever fox mini backpack is still one of our absolute favourites! This fabulous personalised mini rucksack is an ideal size for little hands to manage. Get yours today from: https://www.thelittlepicturecompany.co.uk/products/boys-personalised-clever-fox-mini-rucksack

Little Life - Kids Unicorn Backpack

The design of the little life unicorn backpack speaks for itself, perfect for any aspiring princess! With a spacious 6 litre capacity, this backpack is ideal for children aged 3 and up, The chest strap ensures it stays secure and you can reach out quickly to your child with the large sturdy grab handle. Get yours today at: https://www.littlelife.com/products/kids-daysacks/big-unicorn

  • Lunchboxes

We polled some of our readers and asked what their favourite lunchboxes were, to bring you our recommended options! 

Miko the Panda Lunch bag

For only £3.95, Miko the Panda is sure to put a smile on your child's face every lunchtime. Miko is kind to the planet as he is completely made from recycled plastic bottles. Miko will keep your food fresh with his insulated foil lining and can fold flat for easy storage. Get yours today from Rex London: https://www.rexlondon.com/miko-panda-lunch-bag

The Elephant Box

The Orginal Elephant Box is big and beautiful! it's deep enough to pack a full hearty and healthy meal, fridge and freezer friendly for keeping lunch fresh. Completely made from stainless steel the elephant box won't stain or carry odours from yesterdays lunch, easy to clean, dishwasher friendly, it's simple and strong design will stand up to any punishment! Get yours today from: https://elephantbox.co.uk/products/elephant-box

On The Farm Kids Lunch Bag by Sophie Allport

The on the farm lunch bag would suit any aspiring young farmer! Made from polyester; it's easy to wipe clean and fully insulated to keep food fresh and cool! The easy-carry handle and zip closure make transport to and from school a doddle. If tractors aren't your child's thing, Sophie Allport has dozens of different designs to suit everyone! Get yours here today: https://www.sophieallport.com/collections/kids-lunch-bags/products/on-the-farm-lunch-bag

Panda Packaging - Bamboo Lunch Box

A truly eco-friendly option, the panda packaging bamboo lunch box is made from sustainable materials with the goal of reducing plastic pollution. Its sleek and simple design means it's easy to clean, lightweight and durable. 

Get yours today at: https://www.wearthlondon.com/bamboo-lunch-box

Tyrrell Katz - Lunchboxes

Available in a range of colourful prints, with sweet (and informative) illustrations to appeal to every small-child obsession from dinosaurs to unicorns. Its dishwasher, freezer and microwave friendly making this a super practical and fun option 

Get yours today at Tyrrel Katz: https://tyrrellkatz.co.uk/kids-lunch/lunch-boxes

  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Packed lunches

Check It Over

Be sure to check through this list once you think you’ve got everything. The last thing you need is a mad rush to the shop the day before your child starts school.

Hopefully, this list has taken at least some of the stress out of back-to-school buying.

Happy shopping!

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