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Back To School Essentials | Shopping List

Back to school time is rolling around again and we can sense the stress in the air as parents rush out to get the essentials. From PE kits to pencil cases, there’s a lot to remember when it comes to getting prepared for a new year, and we all know that having the right things will make your mornings run far smoother. While it’s easy to get carried away with a million and one things that you think your kids will need, we’ve streamlined the shopping list into the must-haves. Taking away some of the stress and helping get your little ones prepped, here are your back to school essentials. 

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  1. Dr. Martens Men's Archie II Polished Smooth Leather Derby Shoes - Black
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    Dr. Martens Men's Archie II Polished Smooth Leather Derby Shoes - Black

    When it comes to school shoes, you’re going to want to invest in quality. Being put through their paces on rough playgrounds, making sure their school shoes are as durable as possible is a must. And there’s no brand more durable than Dr. Martens. With a size range that goes down to a 3, secondary school kids can walk into school with shoes that are stylish as well as sturdy. 

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  2. Clarks Women's Couture Leather Ballet Flats - Black
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    Clarks Women's Couture Leather Ballet Flats - Black

    If in doubt, get some Clarks shoes. The holy grail of school shoes, Clarks are a household name that is really trusted when it comes to durable, smart shoes. Their ballet pumps are a firm favourite as they look cute and dainty, but are built to last. 

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  3. LEGO Lunch Box with Handle - Sand Green
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    LEGO Lunch Box with Handle - Sand Green

    This square box in the classic LEGO brick design is the perfect pick for a cool lunch box. Featuring a soft silicone handle making it handy for transportation with plenty of room.  The lid of the box is easily opened and locked with the small clip and is attached to the bottom. It makes it suitable even for small LEGO fans who want to carry on the LEGO adventure on picnics, in school or wherever they go.

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  4. Alessi Lunch Pot Food à Porter - Grey
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    Alessi Lunch Pot Food à Porter - Grey

    Helping make lunchtimes more sustainable, Food à porter is a collection of food and beverage containers that allows you to carry your lunch with you wherever you want. Designed by Japanese designer Sakura Adachi just like fashion accessories, Food à porter containers have a refined design, for a trendy lunch box option characterised by meticulously defined colours, details and finishes.

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  5. S'well The Blue Granite Water Bottle 500ml
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    S'well The Blue Granite Water Bottle 500ml

    Staying hydrated is so important for energy and focus, so a water bottle is a definite back to school essential. Once again helping make the return to school be more sustainable by helping ditch plastic water bottles, S’Well bottles keep drinks cool for 40 hours and hot for 18, so you can send them off with a cuppa in the morning. Coming in a huge range of colours and designs, you can even let your little one pick their own design.  

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  6. Rains MSN Bag - Green
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    Rains MSN Bag - Green

    To carry their PE kit, books and must-haves, a sturdy backpack is a back to school essential. Needing to be durable through any weather, the RAINS backpacks are ideal with their high-duty material and waterproof finish. Big enough to fit anything they could possibly need, but the minimalist design stops this backpack looking bulky, making for a perfect smart school bag that’s sure to last.

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  7. Barbour Boys' Liddesdale Quilted Jacket - Navy
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    Barbour Boys' Liddesdale Quilted Jacket - Navy

    As the colder months roll around, a reliable and waterproof coat is a must-have. A Barbour jacket is always a good investment as the brand’s long history and respected name means their coats are built to last and stay looking smart. Water-resistant while always looking neat, a Barbour jacket is a great option for the back to school essential coat to top off their school uniform. 

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Written by Sarah Atkinson



Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

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