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Our Mega Back-To-School List For Stress-Free Prep

As the back-to-school buzz starts, we know you’re gearing up to go shopping for supplies, and prepping your little scholars – and the to-do lists are multiplying…

But fear not! We’ve got your back with the ultimate guide to back-to-school essentials that will make this transition a breeze.

In this article, we’ll break down the essentials, offer tips on preparation, and guide you through the chaos with a smile. 

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Mega Back-To-School Checklist

From the nitty-gritty of stationery shopping to the finer points of health check-ups and safety talks, our comprehensive checklist covers it all. 

Back-to-School Essentials

⬜ Backpack with name tag
Lunch box with lunch bag 
Water bottle 
⬜ Art smock or apron, uniform, and accessories
⬜ Umbrella 
⬜ Foldable waterproof coat
⬜ USB flash drive
⬜ Tablet, e-reader, notebook, or computer
⬜ Packaged healthy snacks
Name labels
⬜ Calendar or diary

Check out our guide to choosing the best lunchboxes and insulated lunch bags.

You might also want to review the best kids water bottles.

Preparation Tips

Back-to-School Clothing

⬜ New or secondhand uniforms
School shoes
Running shoes for P.E.
⬜ Gym socks and gym bag
⬜ Hat
⬜ Matching socks
⬜ Coat
⬜ Beanie and scarf
⬜ Clothing labels

Check out our guide to the best school shoe styles.

Clothing Checklist

Back-to-School Shopping: Stationery Must-Haves

⬜ Notebooks, folders, and binders
⬜ Staplers and fasteners
⬜ Non-toxic crayons, pens, textas, and highlighters
⬜ Pencils and erasers
⬜ Pencil sharpener
⬜ Rulers
⬜ Glue sticks
⬜ Scissors
⬜ Calculator
⬜ Pencil case
⬜ Index cards and sticky notes

Stationary must haves

Back-to-School Preparation Tips

⬜ Buy supplies early and prioritise based on school requirements.
⬜ Recheck the school booklist, just in case!
⬜ Check and complete any required school paperwork. Including fees, and enrolment forms.
⬜ Add important school dates to the calendar.
⬜ Book a haircut. Find the best kid-friendly hairdressers in Melbourne here.
⬜ Clean school bags, lunch boxes, and water bottles. 
⬜ Ensure all items have names labeled. Check out the best places to get name labels here.
⬜ Plan healthy snacks and lunch ideas. 
⬜ Ensure kids’ vaccinations are up to date.
⬜ Book appointments for dental checkups and eye checkups.
⬜ Familiarise kids with public transport routes and safety rules.
⬜ Teach kids about physical and traffic safety.

Back to school essentials

Tips For a Stress-Free Start to School

⬜ Create/update the morning and evening routines.
⬜ Prepare the night before for that first day, to avoid last-minute rushes.
⬜ Have some tissues handy (hopefully only happy tears!)
⬜ Inspect and try on the school uniforms and shoes to ensure they still fit.
⬜ Mend any holes or tears in school clothing.
⬜ Polish the kids’ school shoes.
⬜ Organise a school bag storage area (an absolute must at our house!)
⬜ Research and schedule any after-school activities.
⬜ Discuss any worries or concerns with your children about starting a new year of school – Listen, be honest, and offer support. 

Check out our post: 9 Tips on How To Help Your Child With School Anxiety

Stress free start

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About Amy Gardner

Amy Gardner is a tourism communications consultant who loves epxloring Melbourne. As a new Mum she is passionate about local adventures and uncovering unique experiences of food, art, music and travel.

With a Bachelor of Business and over a decade of tourism industry experience, Amy has a strong passion for creating and promoting exceptional visitor experiences. On the side of her freelance digital marketing work, Amy has developed Seniors in Melbourne, Melbourne’s first travel website specifically targeting the senior demographic.

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