back to school supplies for all agesAsk anyone who’s bought school supplies a few times and they’ll tell you it’s never too early to start thinking about back to school. It’s far easier to plan ahead and organize everything when you’ve got the rest of your summer ahead of you than it is to cram it all in at the end of August, and it’s not time consuming either. All it takes is a half hour or an hour of planning or shopping and you’ll be set.

Whether you have a child heading to elementary school, you’re off to college, or you’re looking for tools for continuous learning, Best Buy has you covered. Here’s a checklist of school essentials for every category of student heading back to school.

Back to school supplies for elementary school

back to school backpack Heading back to elementary school means loading up on the usual essentials, but there’s a few supplies you may want to add this year that can help your child learn all year long.

The perfect backpack

There’s a lot of choice in kids backpacks this year, and you’ll find great bags in your child’s favourite character from Heys or they can choose a cool bag from Swiss Gear, Burton, and others. The only rule of thumb is to choose a bag they love, and make sure you pick one with enough room for your child’s books, binders, and lunch kit.

Lunch Kit

Some backpacks come with a lunch kit, but if your child wants to try something new this year there are upright lunch kit sets with hard plastic containers to store your favourite snacks.

School supplies

Crayons, markers, pencils, scissors, and loose sheet paper are all must-haves on the back to school supply list and they’re easy to buy in bulk on Best Buy.

Wonder workshop robotCraft supplies

Ask any teacher and they’ll tell you that crafting can help facilitate learning. Stock up on craft supplies to engage your child throughout the school year.

STEM toys

Learning to code is a big part of our children’s future, and STEM toys (science, technology, engineering, and math) help them learn to code and learn more about robotics in such a fun, easy-to-relate to way they’ll never know they’re learning too.

For children in elementary school, you’ll want to bring home Osmo Interactive IPad Learning Kits or Osmo Coding Jam, and you’ll be amazed at what your child can learn when he or she has a robot companion like the Wonder Workshop Dash Interactive Robot Toy. 

High School Supplies

They’re a little older, a little wiser, and more grown up than you’re ready for: high school students require a different set of school supplies than elementary school.

backpack for teenBackpacks for high school students

With extra books, binders, and a laptop, high school students need a backpack with room to spare. Some popular choices of back to school backpacks are available from brands they love like Jansport and Helly Hansen.

Graphing Calculators

A graphing calculator or scientific calculator is a must-have for high school level math, and you may want to inquire with your child’s teacher as to which functions he or she will need before you buy.

graphing calculatorBinders

Your high school student will need one or two binders with dividers so they can organize their classes.


High school requires more than just lined paper, so don’t forget to pick up some graph paper at the beginning of the school year.

Art supplies

If your teen is taking art this coming term, you’ll want to find out what type of art supplies they will need to complete their course.

Trigonometry Kit

When trigonometry is on the course list this school year, you’ll want a kit to help your teen work through the problems.

Back to college supplies

ASUS 2 in 1 laptopCollege supplies are tailored toward the type of classes you will be taking, but there are a few basics everyone must have when attending college.

Back to school laptop

A great laptop is an absolute must-have for college, and there’s a lot of options for any student depending on what classes they’re taking and what their laptop needs are.

A 2-in-1 laptop like the ASUS Zenbook Flip gives you a gorgeous 1080p display that rotates 360 degrees for use as a laptop or a tablet. With a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 and 256GB solid state drive providing the speed and power, you can work on your projects, write that term paper, and game in your downtime.

Backpack for college

college backpack A backpack for college has to be big enough to fit your laptop, tablet, smartphone, and maybe a snack or two to get you through the day. Choose a backpack from the Northface or Lowepro and you’ll have room for everything.

Print your term paper whenever you need to

When it’s time to print a term paper at 3 am, you won’t want to leave your room to do it. That’s why a printer is an essential school supply for any college student. Choose a printer like the Canon PIXMA printer and you’ll be able to print your papers, colour brochures, and even your favourite images to decorate your room’s walls.

USB flash drives and back ups

samsung flash driveSaving your files is a must in college, and having a USB flash drive or portable hard drive will help make sure your homework makes it safely to school when it’s completed.

Pens, papers, and more

Although you use your laptop or tablet for much of what you do in college, you’ll find you still need standard school supplies like paper, pens, and pencils.

Focus on continuous learning

If you’re taking a class or two this fall or you’re teaching one yourself at work, these are some of the supplies you may need.

android tabletTake your tablet everywhere

A tablet is great for high school and college, but it’s an even better tool for a professional who’s expanding his or her skills with a new class or course.

Tablets are a lightweight option that slides easily into any briefcase or messenger bag, and an Android, Apple, or Windows tablet can be used with Word and Excel so you won’t need to take your laptop. There are also many different apps you can use for both note-taking, organization, and to increase your productivity.

Boards for presentations

boards and presentationsMaking a big presentation in class or at work or just trying to stay organized in your home office? Set yourself up now with whiteboard and presentation tools and you’ll never stress about not being prepared.

You’ll be able to keep track of everything with a HOMCOM Magnetic White Board or navigate your presentation with the Canon Wireless Presenter. It has slideshow controls, volume controls, and a laser pointer to help get your point across efficiently.


messenger bagMessenger bags and brief cases

You can carry all of your presentation tools, laptop, tablet, and more in a brief case or messenger bag. There are available from great brands like Thule, Roots, and more.





Right now is the perfect time to shop for essentials for back to school. Check out everything available for all different types of students on Best Buy.


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