Back To School Goodies & Must Haves

It is almost that time of year! I feel like there are two kinds of people in this world. Those who squeal with excitement when Target puts their school supplies out and those that run away as fast as they can avoiding it at all cost. I always loved back to school time and starting each school year fresh!

One of my favorite items to get before school started was a good bag. The items I have shown below are great options for students or teachers!

You can save a lot of money by packing your own lunch for school so you might as well have cute accessories to do that! The thermos, bento boxes, and salad container are great ways to add some variety to your lunchtime meals. You don’t just have to have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

Let’s be honest, teachers live for the fun accessories! It’s a close second to a serious stack of jeans passes. I’ve included some good must haves for the classroom that are great fo both teachers and students.

  • Change up the look of your district issued laptop with a cute snap on case or some personalized decals.
  • Blue light glasses are a great addition these days! Teachers and students are staring at technology for much larger portions of the day.
  • Extended phone chargers are great for the classroom. Sometimes outlets aren’t in the most convenient spots so having a long cord makes life a little easier.
  • Chapstick. Need I say more? This Aquaphor is one of the best!
  • Teacher Lanyards for your school ID. These are a fun way to display your badge or student ID and keep it accessible!
  • Under the desk fan or space heater! Every district or dorm room is different. Sometimes it is hard to control the temperature in the room so a small fan or portable heater can make the room more comfortable.
  • Obviously a good planner is a MUST! I cannot recommend Erin Condren Planners enough! They have several options for students and teachers. They also have the cutest add-ons like stickers, pens, different covers and place holders!

This part is a no brainer! Fun pens and pencils make studying/lesson planning/grading WAY more fun! The pencils that I listed are life changing as well as the erasable pens. I firmly believe that you can never have enough Post-It Notes, so you might as well order them in bulk.

I also think that having a snack drawer is important. Nobody works well when they are hungry! Keeping a drawer of moderately healthy snacks is great for both teachers and students. Amazon has great options to buy in bulk.

This section just has some options to make your space a little more personal. Honestly, these items are good for your classroom desk, dorm room desk, cubicle, or home office!

The single cup Keurig is a bit of a splurge but if you can’t make it down to the teacher’s lounge for some coffee this can be a life saver! I also listed my favorite Amazon slippers because sometimes after a long day in work shoes, it’s nice to just slip on come comfy slippers while you wrap up work for the day!


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  1. 8.1.19
    KRistin Rutty said:

    I love it!!! I am a college student and I am about to stock up! I am a planner junkie and I will def be getting the Erin Condren academic planner!

  2. 8.1.19
    Crystal said:

    Love it! I’m a teacher and all of this is perfect!

  3. 8.1.19
    Jenn said:

    Lots of cute & fun stuff here!

  4. 8.2.19
    SArah k said:

    Thanks for putting all of this together. I know you work really hard on your Ebola posts. Thanks girl!

    • 8.2.19
      SaRah k said:

      Blog. Not Ebola. Wow. ??‍♀️

      • 8.2.19
        Jamie speer said:

        Awe man! I thought,”wait, she talks about Ebola somewhere? That’s kinda interesting! I’ll read it.”

  5. 8.2.19
    Kaylie Egner said:

    I’m not even in school & I need ALL THAT IS IN SIGHT

  6. 8.2.19
    Shelley said:

    This is AWESOME! This teacher actually is enjoying thinking about going back to school, just because of your great item stuff here!

  7. 8.2.19
    Ashley said:

    LOVE the slipper idea. Sometimes it’s been so bad after a day of teaching and I’ve had to bite the bullet and roll barefoot. ??

  8. 8.2.19
    Mj said:

    I love this! I will be starting my second year of teaching in a few days and this is spot on! Flair pens are a must!! And I think I’m gonna invest in some blue light glasses, yay!!

  9. 8.2.19
    Laura said:

    Loved this post! I need to buy some things to make my desk more personable! Question, do you have a big calendar you keep up somewhere in your house for like you and Jake to stay on the same track? I need to get one so the boyfriend and i know whats going on but i never know of a cute option lol or if dry erase is a pain or not. Love this post girl!

  10. 8.2.19
    Alysha said:

    The links keep going to pinterest?

    • 8.2.19
      Katy Roach said:

      Hey girl! Sometimes it will do that depending on where you click on the image. It’s so strange! I just tried every link in the last pic and they all worked!

  11. 8.3.19
    Kacie said:

    Love all these teacher suggestions! Can you do a teacher basics wardrobe???

  12. 8.4.19
    Deidre said:

    This is such great round up! I love how you went over and beyond just back to school clothes. So so good

  13. 8.4.19
    Mackenzi Otto said:

    This is great, I am a 2nd year teacher! Once again you are amazing! You are always thinking about all your followers!

  14. 8.9.19
    Christon Calvert said:

    YES! Obsessed with all of these!!! Thank you girls for doing this!!!

  15. 8.9.19
    Amanda said:

    Love! I teach kindergarten ESL and all these are great finds! Thank you!

  16. 8.9.19
    Care said:

    These are all such great finds! Thanks for putting them all in one place!

  17. 8.11.19
    Meghan said:

    I am an elementary teacher and all of these are awesome!!! Yay for such good finds ??

  18. 8.12.19
    Sarah said:

    Hey Katy! Would you have any recommendations on a good men’s briefcase or work bag? Thanks in advance girl! XX

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