The Ultimate Back To School Supplies Checklist
July 24, 2020

After weeks away from the classroom, it takes some preparation before going back to school. Going to bed earlier, cutting short the mornings in bed and getting used to a routine that’s more in line with term time. But what about back to school supplies?

Keeping track of the new trends that your kids want, but still making use of what’s left over from last year can be a challenge. From pens and pencils to uniform and sportswear, take a look at this ultimate back to school supplies list.

1. Stationery

In the good old primary school days, it’s likely that children were supplied with all the stationery and books they needed. However, once they make the leap to secondary school, they might be expected to bring in their own supply of pens, pencils, books, calculators and extras for every lesson.

Here’s our top 10 list of stationery essentials to start secondary school as a #Winner!

  • Lined notebooks for each subject – We find that different colours for different subjects works well.
  • Pencil case – Retro or modern, there’s so many options!
  • Black or blue biros – you can never have too many.
  • Pencils – from drawing graphs, to sketching a masterpiece, we have them all!
  • Highlighters – Go bold with vibrant colours, or cool as a cucumber with pastel shades.
  • Pencil Sharpener – Got to be able to keep those ideas flowing.
  • Eraser – If we aren’t making mistakes, then we aren’t learning!
  • 30cm Ruler – We even sell space-saving foldable ones too!
  • Colouring pencils – Ideal for learning by colour.
  • Non-toxic glue stick – The boss of every pencil case!

We’ve all been there, you’ve decked your school bag out with the coolest stationery for a fresh start of term, only to find that your lunch box has leaked! Covering  exercise books helps them to stay protected from spills and damage, cover each book in a sticky plastic covering. Your child can even get creative by using a glitter book covering and fun stickers to showcase their personality and get excited about each lesson.

Little Added Stationery Extras Your Kids May Need:

  • Compass
  • 360-degree protractor
  • Set square
  • Scientific calculator
  • English dictionary
  • English thesaurus
  • Dictionary for each foreign language studied
  • Memory stick
  • Earphones

2. Uniform

It doesn’t seem like five minutes since you were buying the last lot of uniform, but it’s that time again! We’ve covered the basics in our shopping list below:

  • Polo shirts or button-downs (3 or 5, depending on how often you want to use the washing machine
  • Jumpers or cardigans x 2
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Grey or black trousers/skirts x 2
  • Waterproof coat

Depending on the school’s uniform, a blazer with the school crest as well as a tie may be needed and don’t forget, it’s a tradition to have uniform that’s way too big at the start of the year, there needs to be room to grow into it!

3. PE kit

It’s safe to say that most PE kits of children get lost at some point. For this reason, stick to the affordable basics that you can easily replace if items are lost or get too stained to be salvaged:

  • PE bag (drawstring totes are easily accessible and affordable)
  • Gym shoes
  • T-shirt or polo shirt
  • Shorts
  • Socks

4. Core Extras

  • School bag
  • Lunch box
  • Water bottle
  • Combination lock
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Packaged tissues
  • Plasters

Let your child choose a fun lunch box that you can then fill with a delicious meal to keep them going throughout the day; a leakproof, reusable water bottle that your child can fill up to stay hydrated all day without wasting plastic bottles is also a great idea.

While the school may supply plenty of hand sanitising stations and encourage more hand washing throughout this time of COVID-19, it’s worth giving your child a pocket-sized hand sanitiser to carry with them in case running water and soap are not available.


5. Name labels

Lastly, don’t forget to label everything (not your child though, unless ABSOLUTELY necessary!) Your child’s name should be in their uniform clothing, on their books and in their P.E. bag. Fabric pens or Sharpies usually do the trick for clothing, though sticky labels can be used to mark lunchboxes, water bottles and pencil cases.

One-stop shop for back-to-school supplies

Having one place to tick off several of your back to school supplies list can be a lifesaver. That’s exactly what we provide at Ryman; with a wide variety of back to school essentials and great offers, we can make the process easy and enjoyable for children and parents alike!