School Bag Essentials


Back-to-school means stationery, school uniforms and school bags. But what to pack to ensure your little ones are fully prepared for the new school year? Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered with this list of school bag essentials. 

School Bag Essentials

Books

Textbooks

Kids need a lot of textbooks! History, Geography, Life Science, Physical Science, Mathematics, English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Life Orientation, Visual Art, Computer Science, Business Studies, Accounting; the list is endless. However, it is a school bag essential. If your kids’ school doesn’t have lockers, pack necessary textbooks according to their timetable to lighten the load.

Notebooks

Apart from all the textbooks, kids also need notebooks for each of their subjects to make notes and complete exercises in. Notebooks come in a range of soft covers, hard covers, thin, thick, small and big. Most schools will specify the type of book necessary for each subject in the required stationery list. Just remember to keep some spare books or an examination pad handy in case one of the books runs out. We love the bulk options available at Makro, that way you can buy all the notebooks all your children will need in one swoop, and maybe have a few extra for next year.

Diary

Kids have a surprisingly busy schedule with their various classes, extra mural activities, homework and after school activities. Help them stay organised with an awesome diary. These are available in all shapes, sizes and colours. This is a great way for them to add a personal touch to their school stuff. The diaries and journals available at PNA makes us wish we were teenagers again.

Files

Let your kids keep a flip file handy to keep spare pages such as worksheets, notes and school newsletters safe from the rest of the rumble in their bags. Most stationery stores have a wide range of files, but we are fond of the options at Westpack.

text books

Stationery

Essentials

All stationery cases need a few essential items. These include blue and black pens, an HP pencil, an eraser, sharpener, ruler, glue, scissors and calculator. Even in adulthood, we need these items on a regular basis. CNA has a diverse range of all your stationery needs.

Organises

One of the best things about stationery is that it helps us stay organised in a fun and creative way. We suggest keeping some sticky notes or notepads handy, as well as a range of colourful highlighters. Check out The Crazy Store for some affordable and fun choices.

Something Extra

As we said before, we think stationery is super fun and creative. So why not indulge in fun stationery? We’re talking colour and glitter pens, in many different shapes and sizes. We love the paw pens available at Typo.

stationery

Food and Drink

Lunch

Kids need nutrients to keep their brains fuelled all day long. Pack them a healthy lunch consisting of carbohydrates, protein, fruit and vegetables. Check out this article for some healthy lunch ideas.

Snacks

Remember, kids wake up super early and spend just about the whole day learning and running around. One meal just won’t cut it. So, pack some extra snacks for them to nibble on throughout the day. Good snacks include fruit, vegetables, nuts, biltong and yoghurt. Read this nifty article for some more healthy snack ideas.

Water

We want our little ones to stay hydrated. Pack them a bottle of water along with their juice, Milo or drinking yoghurt boxes to keep them hydrated through all their sports and long classes. Woolworths has some great lunch bag and water bottle options for the little ones that will keep their lunch, drinks and snacks cool and lasting throughout the day.

lunch box

Other

Extra Murals

We recommend having a separate bag for extra mural items, as there is already so much stuff loaded into their school bags. Pack a sports bag with the correct sporting shoes, clothing and, don’t forget, a pair of clean socks. Some of these uniform store specialise in school sporting uniforms too.

Health & Beauty 

Remember to include health and beauty essentials in your kids’ school bag. These include a bottle of hand sanitiser, sun block, feminine hygiene products for older girls, tissues and plasters. Also, if your child has any health issues, it is very important to pack the necessary healthcare products such as glasses for children with eyesight problems, an asthma pump for kids with asthma, an Epi-Pen for allergies, insulin for children with diabetes, etc. It is also important to inform the school and/or teachers about any such health problems.

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