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Back to School Essentials Based on Amazon Reviews

Anyone else still prepping for back to school (or as teachers lovingly refer to it, BTS)? We’re starting kindergarten in the next couple of weeks, and my eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw the school supply list! I mean, who has time to round up dozens of supplies?

That’s why I’m taking advantage of the wisdom of the masses when it comes to BTS essentials: I’m talking Amazon reviews. Heck, if a water bottle has over 5,000 reviews putting it at 4.5 stars, that’s good enough for me!

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For the littles, parents love Skip Hop’s collection of animal themed backpacks. Although we’re partial to the unicorn, you can pick from a butterfly, cat, cow, panda, elephant, bumblebee, and so many others!

Back-to-school best buys

Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Backpack, Unicorn, 4.5 stars, 3,442 reviews

Bigger kids can’t go wrong with JanSport’s SuperBreak backpack.


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JanSport SuperBreak Backpack, 4.5 stars, 560 reviews

And thousands of teenagers have put this puppy to the test:

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JanSport Classic Mainstream Big Student Backpack, 4.5 stars, 2,129 reviews

Lunch bags

Apparently, Skip Hop’s backpacks are as good as their matching lunch bags.

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Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie Insulated Lunch Bags, 4.5 stars, 1843 customer reviews

In case animal lunch boxes aren’t your thing…

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BUILT NY Gourmet Getaway Neoprene Lunch Tote, 4.5 stars 1,255 reviews

Bento containers

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EasyLunchboxes 3-Compartment Bento Lunchbox Containers, 4.5 stars, 3,294 reviews

Water bottle

We have friends and family who swear by this bottle, but…

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CamelBak Kids Eddy Water Bottle, 4.5 stars, 2,351 reviews

…if you’re looking for a Thermos-style bottle, this is the way to go.

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Thermos Funtainer Bottle, 4.5 stars, 5,081 reviews

Ice packs

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Fit & Fresh Cool Coolers Slim Lunch Ice Packs, 4.5 stars, 2,762 reviews

Pencil case

Okay, it’s not the prettiest pencil case I’ve ever seen, but this thing has so many pockets and containment systems that the Bujo enthusiast in me is wanting one for myself!

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LIHIT LAB Pen Case, 4.5 stars, 669 customer reviews


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RainStoppers Kids Umbrella, 4.5 stars, 450 reviews

 Have you got any BTS tried and true favorites? Share the love!

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One thought on “Top Back-to-School Essentials Based on Amazon Reviews

  1. No back to school list is complete without mention of LLBean backpacks. They have a nice assortment of sizes and colors/patterns and they are durable! The only backpacks I know of that last through multiple school years. For my money, they are the best out there!

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