Best back to school supplies TechnoBuffalo 2022

Making sure you have everything you need to get your children prepared for school can seem like an overwhelming task. Whatever grade they are going into, there always seems to be something vital that you might have missed. Thankfully I have missed all those things in my years of being a parent, so you don't have to. Here is a great guide to help you organize for your kids going back to school.

Asus Chromebook Flip C

Best Chromebook: ASUS Chromebook Flip C214MA-YS02T

Staff Pick

The ASUS Chromebook Flip C214MA-YS02T is the best Chromebook for students because it provides an excellent experience in a compact, durable package. The 11.6-inch screen is easy to see in a wide array of angles — even in the Florida sunshine — and the zinc alloy hinge allows you to rotate the screen around 360 degrees into tent or tablet mode as needed. A 2-in-1 Chromebook lets your student interact with lessons and content however they want: with the keyboard and mouse or directly with the touchscreen.

$273 at Amazon
Crayola Bulk Crayons

For the whole class: Crayola Crayons Bulk

If you have young children in K-4, then your teacher's supply list likely has crayons as a priority. It is possible to buy Crayola crayons in bulk to help your teacher and to cover those less able. This box of Crayola crayons has 24 packs of 24 colored crayons. Enough for an average classroom. It won't be enough for the whole year, but at least it is something.

$32.69 at Amazon
LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle

Best water bottle: LifeStraw Go water filter bottle

The 23-ounce LifeStraw Go water filter bottle is a wonderfully sturdy water bottle that can be used to filter your h2o for everyday drinking or for keeping you hydrated during extreme outdoor adventures in the middle of nowhere. You may not like the water coming from a school fountain or the idea of sharing so that a Lifestraw bottle will filter out 99.9999% of contaminants from the water.

$36 at Amazon
Hamelin Ruled Notebooks

Make all the notes: Hamelin college ruled notebooks

When you are in college, the most important tip is to take notes and to take them often. Writing down everything helps cement that knowledge into your mind and lets you come back to it afterwards. These three notebooks are lined, ready to take copious notes in your lectures. I like that they have three different colors, making it easier to separate out for your different classes.

$10 at Amazon
Sharpie Gel Pens

Write it right: Sharpie S-Gel

Obviously, pens were going to make it onto this list. You can't work without them, and you'll need a lot of them over the course of a school year. I really enjoy these gel pens from Sharpie as they roll on the paper smoothly and can keep up with my chicken scratch handwriting. They can stay wet for a little while, though, so make sure you let them dry before you close your notepad.

$12 at Amazon
Bentgo Kids Lunchbox

A modern lunch: Bentgo kids lunch box

We've come a long way from the metal lunchboxes I had when I was a kid. My daughter has one of these Bentgo boxes that let us add some much-needed variety into her diet. She even gets to have some ranch dressing because each small compartment is sealed, stopping any liquids from spilling into the other foods. The compartments are the perfect size for a child too, with room for snacks and a main sandwich.

$25 at Amazon
Mr Pen Geometry Set

Cover the angles: Mr. Pen Geometry Set

If you are just starting in High School, you will likely be embarking on a new type of Math. Get a good leg up on it and order one of these geometry sets from Mr Pen. It has everything you need to measure angles and draw perfect circles, something you will definitely need every day of your adult life. I promise...

$10 at Amazon
Crayola Kids Face Masks

One a day: Crayola Kids Face Mask

Masks are an essential part of life these days, but making sure your child has one that is clean every day can be a chore. Crayola has this nifty five-pack in various colors, so you can give your child a fresh mask each day and clean them all at the weekend, saving you time and hassle throughout the week. My daughter loves these, especially has I added some vinyl images with my Cricut!

$20 at Amazon
Desired Tools Padlock

Keep it secure: 4 Digit Combination Lock

School lockers need locks. It's a standard thing across the United States, so you'll need to pick one up. This combination lock is the perfect size to fit a school locker and is easy to set up. Just make sure you keep the code handy at home. My boy forgets his code every week!

$12 at Amazon
High Sierra Backpack

Keep everything safe: High Sierra Loop-Backpack

Having a great backpack can help organize your child day and reduce the stress of moving from class to class. These High Sierra backpacks have plenty of space to separate your books, lunch and electricals to make it safer to carry everything. It even has a dedicated pouch for your tablet/Chromebook and a strong clip on the front for your water bottle.

$35 at Amazon
Elmers Gluestick

Stick together: Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks

Another bulk buy for the classroom, these Elmer's glue sticks are used across the country in classrooms K-8. When you can pick up a pack of 30 for such a low price, it feels like a no-brainer to help your child teacher cover the necessities. We managed to pick up four packs of 30 for our daughters pre-K teacher, and she was over the moon.

$7 at Amazon
TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator

Best Overall: Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator

Pre-loaded with 12 useful applications, the TI-84 has been a mainstay for college math students for several years now. The list of functions this has is too long to add here, but suffice to say it can do just about any calculation, from Matrix operations to statistical plot definitions. Anything you need, the TI-84 can likely do it.

$120 from Amazon

Everything you need

When looking at what you might need for back to school supplies it is important to think about what grade your child will be going into. If your child is young, K-6 for example, then having a good lunchbox like the Bentgo kids lunch box and school supplies like Elmer's glue sticks are going to be more important than a Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator.

If your kid is off to college — they grow up so fast! — they will almost certainly need a good calculator as well as these excellent Hamelin college-ruled notebooks to take all the notes needed to succeed.

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James Bricknell James currently has five children, so he is intimately aware of how frustrating dealing with school stuff can be. Over the course of 25 years of being a dad, he's managed to narrow down some great options.

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