All the Back to School Gear Kids Needs to Start the Year Off in Style

The coolest backpacks, supplies, tech accessories and more!

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Portable Power

Urban Outfitters

Available in alien or pizza shapes, this battery pack and micro USB cord keep gadgets charged on the go.

Buy it! Icon Power Bank, $20;

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Adorable Germ Fighter

Bath and Body Works

This fuzzy holder clips onto a backpack and fits a 1-oz. hand sanitizer, like Bath & Body Works' PocketBacs (5 for $8).

Buy it! Pomeranian Pom, $10;

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To-Go Drinks

Crate and Barrel

The snap-close top prevents spills, and the built-in straw means there's no need to tip it to sip.

Buy it! Kids Water Bottle, $25;

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Eco-Friendly Carryall


Made from 100% recycled polyester, the streamlined style is also loaded with pockets—including one hidden in the flap.

Buy it! ReNew Transit Backpack, $85;

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A Smarter Cable Caddy

West Elm

This set of four cubes is weighted and magnetic to keep cords on the desk and untangled.

Buy it! Cable Blocks, $25;

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Sweet Erasers


Mistakes are easier to handle when kids can correct them with these sprinkle-topped cuties.

Buy it! Donut Erasers, $6 for 5;

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Poppin Pencil Case


The classroom organizer is topped with kids' favorite fidget toy in durable silicone.

Buy it! Zipit Pop Pencil Box, $12;

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In-Locker Lighting

Pottery Barn

Battery-powered and mounted with a magnet, the 4.25-in. fixture adds style and functionality to a cramped space.

Buy it! Iridescent Pendant, $25;

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Throwback Backpack


The '90s schoolyard must-have is back in fashion—this time with a laptop pocket. This black-and-white design is meant to be colored in by your kiddo!

Buy it! Superbreak Plus Backpack, $40,

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Stay-Cool Lunch Box


Stick it in the freezer, and the gel-filled lining turns the whole bag into a long-lasting ice pack.

Buy it! Classic Soft Sided Lunch Box, $24;

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Tech Protection


Fit for a 16-in. laptop or tablet, this ripstop nylon sleeve is padded for extra insurance against crammed lockers.

Buy it! Puffy Laptop Sleeve, $32;

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Labels That Last

Name Bubbles

The customizable styles stay stuck on supplies (and clothes) all year. Plus they're dishwasher-, microwave- and laundry-safe.

Buy it! Custom Labels, $39 for 89;

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Durable Staple


This design from the Japanese basics brand has extra padded straps and is water-repellent.

Buy it! Less Tiring Backpack, $30;

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Inclusive Art Supplies


This bundle includes 12 crayons and colored pencils for every skin tone — plus all the usual colors of the rainbow. (The company was founded by an 8-year old girl!)

Buy it! Bellen's More Than Peach Creativity Pack, $13;

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Plastic-Free Upgrade


A single reusable silicone sandwich bag will replace countless disposable ones. They can go in the dishwasher, freezer, oven and microwave!

Buy it! Ziploc Endurables Medium Pouch, $10,

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