Back to School Shopping Guide

It’s time to get ready for back to school again, but this time might be a little different. I hope all of the parents, students, and staff are being safe. I really hope your school is being smart and doing 100% remote learning so no one has to be exposed to COVID-19. It’s the best way to do it, and we have the technology! Stay safe out there everyone.

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eBags Pro Slim Laptop Backpack

I am loving this laptop backpack, mostly because it works as a briefcase, too. It has plenty of space for everything you need and even a spot for shoes if you need it. Lots of pockets. Comes in brushed indigo, solid black, heathered graphite, sage green, or true navy. Retails for $139.99, but as of this writing you can get it for $55.99!

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OGIO Alpha Convoy 320 Backpack

Another cool backpack is the OGIO Alpha Convoy, and it comes in this awesome mustard color, as well as black, charcoal, dark grey, haze, punk splash, and sage. It’ll hold everything you need.

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STM Goods DUX Surface Laptop 3

Upgrade your Surface Laptop 3 with an STM Goods DUX laptop case. It works with the Microsoft Surface laptop 13.5-inch and 15-inch. It protects your laptop in style with a transparent cover where you can only see the edge and even has a spot for your Surface Pen.

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Polaroid Now i‑Type Instant Camera

You may have seen that Polaroid has made a comeback in recent years. This is the latest Now i-Type instant camera. The design and colors this one comes in are spectacular. Get it in white, black, red, blue, green, yellow, or orange. Point, click, and keep your photo. This one has autofocus for better focus on your photos. Capture some great memories with this Polaroid instant camera.

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OOLY The Modern Desk Writing Super Set

I am in love with this Modern Desk Super Writing Set from OOLY. It comes with all of this:

If you’re feeling the shopping here, grab some of these too:

This would make a great gift set for students or writers!

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Staples Pep Rally Pastel Product Collection

Isn’t this collection so cute?! Grab your binders, pencil cases, pencil pouches, zipper pouches, pencils, pens, folders, notebooks, and hard cases all in these cute pastel colors!

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Precise Marklighter2

The Precise Marklighter2 has two tips: a chisel tip and a fine tip. Highlight or write with them. The vivid colors are nice and they are smear-resistant. Less smudging when writing or highlighting.

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FriXion Fineliner Erasable Marker Pens

Pilot just keeps coming out with new, incredible writing utensils! These FriXion Fineliner Marker Pens are a 2020 Product of the Year winner. These marker pens erase cleanly, write smoothly, and are nice to the paper you’re writing on. They come in 12 different colors, perfect for anything. Available in assorted packs of 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12.

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Cymbiotika

Cymbiotika offers a variety of vitamins and minerals in liquid form. They source from high-quality plant-based nutrients. No fillers, chemicals, sugars, additives, preservatives, or GMOs. The line of nutrients from Cymbiotika includes Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3 and K2, CBD Sleep Tonic, and CBD Heal-All.

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CleanWell Botanical Disinfectant Wipes and Sprays

Clean Well with CleanWell Disinfectant Wipes and Sprays. Keeping everything clean is more important now than ever. Kills 99.99% of household germs with botanicals. No harsh chemicals and no rinsing required. Just wipe and go. Perfect for all of the hard, non-porous surfaces in your home.

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HEX Performance

Did you know most dryer sheets have a was on them that gets released in the dryer cycle and gets on all of your clothing? Neither did I! Hex Performance makes wet dryer sheets without the wax. These sheets remove odors (perfect for workout wear and anything teens wear), protect the fabrics, is hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, and biodegradable. I’ve switched, and so should you.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES

Healthy snacks and drinks are so important all year, but especially during school. Add these to your pantry or fridge.

Daiya Vegan Cheeze Slices and Sticks

WHAT?!?! That’s what I said when I tried these and realized it’s vegan cheese! My husband and I went vegetarian in January and are now working to become vegan. We were about to give up on finding an alternative to cheese when Daiya sent us their slices and sticks. They are amazing! I now keep my fridge stocked with these.

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Good Karma Lunchbox Cartons

Comes in vanilla lightly sweetened or chocolate. A delicious alternative to cow milk, especially for those of us with lactose-intolerance. Plus, plant-based alternatives are just better for you. I absolutely love these and wish they existed when I was a kid! Pop ’em in the lunchbox.

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Reed’s Real Ginger Ale

I love a good, real ginger ale, not that stuff filled with sugars. Reed’s Real Ginger Ale is tasty and good for you. It’s made with 2,000 milligrams of real ginger with nothing artificial. I prefer the zero sugar option.

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Vita Coco Pressed

Vita Coco is always a favorite in this house, and the new Pressed selection is no exception. It tastes more like coconut and comes in a variety of flavors, including mango coconut, pineapple coconut, strawberry banana, and original coconut water. It tastes great and contains natural electrolytes to keep you hydrated.

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Juicy Juice 100% Juice boxes

Juicy Juice apple juice is the best! There is no added sugar. It’s 100% juice. Tasty and convenient!

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Artisan Tropic

Snackable Plantain and Cassava Strips from Artisan Tropic are my new favorite snacks. I’ve never tried plantains or cassava before, so I was a little skeptical. The cassava strips remind me of kettle-cooked chips, at least in the texture. They’re a little salty and a little sweet. The plantain chips were a little softer but also tastes great. I love them both! My favorite are the sea salt cassava strips.

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Lenny & Larry’s

Lenny & Larry’s plant-based protein cookies are always a treat. These ones are super crunchy, but they also have softer ones (which I prefer). Check them all out at the link above.

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Bobo’s Nut Butter Protein Bar

I love the chocolate chip peanut butter bars! Perfect for a quick breakfast or mid-morning snack, they are packed with protein (about 10 to 11 grams per bar). Plus, they are sweetened with 100% organic honey, not sugar or other sweeteners. These delicious bars come in Peanut Butter with Banana, Almond Butter with Cherry, Almond Butter and Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chip and can be found in Whole Foods and Amazon.

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GoGo squeeZ Fruit on the Go

I’m a huge fan of GoGo squeeZ, and now buy it every week when I go grocery shopping. I love being able to grab one in the morning or any time for a quick, easy, healthy, and no-mess snack. AppleApple is my favorite, but there are also Apple Banana Mango, Apple Cinnamon, Apple Banana Strawberry, Apple Peach, Apple Strawberry Pomegranate Spinach, and more.

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Krusteaz Oat Bite Mix

No turning on the oven and heating up your already hot home. These oat bite mixes from Krusteaz are no-bake. Comes in chocolate chip and cinnamon oat. There’s no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. They’re made with oats, flaxseed, and chia. So yummy!

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Barebell’s Crunchy Fudge Bars

Barebell’s protein bars are perfect for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack before practice. The new flavor is crunchy fudge, but also comes in other flavors. There’s no added sugar.

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Perfect Hydration

Perfect Hydration is alkaline water that has a pH balance of 9.5+, is purified, ionically charged, and contains electrolytes.

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Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars

These are a good alternative to sugary snacks. These are just strawberry and banana. They come individually wrapped as little bars. It contains fruit and vegetable purees and juices. Nothing else. So good!

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Koia Protein Shakes

Koia Protein Shakes come in a variety of flavors including cocoa bean, cold brew coffee, chocolate peanut butter, and chocolate banana. They are dairy and soy free.

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Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks, Berry Patch

These were surprisingly tasty to me. I love Annie’s organic products! These fruit snacks are made with real fruit juice, have no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, no synthetic colors, and no preservatives. You have to try these!

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CVS Health Calming Sleep Magnesium +, Sugar Free

This is a great sleepy time powder with chelated magnesium, melatonin, L-thaeanine, and GABA. Drink this and sleep well!

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CVS Health Effervescent Sport Hydration Tablets

Thank you, CVS! I remember cheerleading in high school and I’d have to go down to the store or use the school’s vending machine if I needed a drink. With these, you can bring them anywhere and just plop a tablet in your water bottle when you need it. I love the portability of these.

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Del Monte Veggieful Ready To Eat Veggie Bowl

Reach for a healthy mid-morning or afternoon snack. This ready to eat veggie bowl is delicious and so easy and convenient. These are a 2020 Product of the Year winner!

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Gold Emblem Abound Heart Healthy Trail Mix

The Gold Emblem Abound Heart Healthy Trail Mix has little chocolate pieces, almonds, walnuts, pepitas, raisins, and cranberries. It’s a great snack anytime.

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Hint Water, Blackberry

Okay, I love Hint Water! It’s not for everyone, though. It really has just a hint of flavor in it, and nothing else. If you want something filled with flavor and sugar you can pick up any other soda or drink. This one is for people like me who want a tiny bit of flavor with water. No calories, and no sweeteners.

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RightRice Medley

RightRice Medleys are a great alternative to starchy rice. RightRice is made with ancient grains and vegetables. It’s packed with nutrition and protein.

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OXIGEN

Okay, I am missing this water right now. I’m usually a water-is-water type of person, but these were different. I felt so good and hydrated after drinking these. Stephen Curry is the owner of OXIGEN that is pH balanced, contains electrolytes, and boosted oxygen. The bottles are made from recycled bottles and are recyclable. I need to go get some more!

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Rudi’s Organic Bakery

Rudi’s Organic Bakery breads are so good. My favorite is the whole wheat. It’s all organic with 17 different choices.

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Life’s Grape

This is one of my new favorite healthy snacks (I’ve picked up a few writing this piece!). Dark chocolate covered vine-dried grapes (yes, raisins). These raisins taste way better than any other raisins I’ve had before. And the dark chocolate, well, that seals the deal.

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Beanfields Vegan Cracklins

I went vegetarian in January and am starting to go vegan, so I’m learning about new foods to eat and alternatives to the usuals with animal products. Beanfields makes these vegan cracklins in a variety of flavors for those missing their pork cracklins.

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RX Kids Protein Snack Bars

RX Kids Protein Snack Bars make a great anytime snack. They come in strawberry, chocolate, double chocolate, and peanut butter chocolate chip. Toss them in the backpack for later.

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RX A.M. Oats

RXBAR AM Oats come ready to go. The core ingredients are all listed right there on the front: one egg white, 9 almonds, one date, and a third cup of oats. No B.S. Flavors include maple, chocolate, vanilla almond, and apple cinnamon.

Isopure Zero/Low Carb Protein Powder

I’ve tried so many protein powders and been disappointed, but Isopure is different! I’ve been having a cup of oat milk with a scoop of Isopure Zero/Low Carb Protein Powder every morning for breakfast. It’s delicious AND low in calories AND high in protein.

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Nicky LaMarco is a content writer and strategist with more than 16 years of experience.

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