Kid studying Planning for the back to school rush has looked a bit different over the past few years. While things are still a bit up in the air for the new school year, the best way to prepare for this fall is to get everything organized for school supplies right now. All it takes is a half-hour or 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 back to school essentials for every category of student heading back to school in five main categories: storage, snacks, homework help, teacher supply checklist, and health and safety.

Get everything you need for back to school today at Best Buy.

Storage to keep you organized

Heading back to school means choosing items you can use to store your homework, lunch, and laptops. A backpack is the perfect storage choice when you’re on the go.

The perfect backpack for back to schoolParkland backpack

There’s a lot of choice in kids backpacks this year, and you may want to choose a hybrid backpack that works for both school and any after-school or home school excursions you’ll take. You’ll find great bags in your child’s favourite character.

Parkland backpacks and Parkland laptop sleeves are a great choice for all ages because they are vegan and made from recycled materials. Parkland also makes great laptop and messenger bags if you prefer to sling your bag over your shoulder.

For tablet sleeves and stylish backpacks for teens, you’ll want to see what’s new with Herschel. It’s a Canadian brand that’s trendy and stylish. Take a look at this blog post if you’d like to read more on backpacks and see a few that do double-duty.

Take your snacks on the go

lunch kit for back to schoolWater, snacks, and a hot drink; when you have the right gear, you can take your favourite food or beverages with you.

Lunch kits for back to class

Soft sided, hard sided, or drawstring lunch kits keep your food fresher than a paper bag. Take a look at all the types of lunch kits you can choose. You may even find one with your favourite characters.

Soup or coffee to go

A travel mug or thermos is the perfect way to transport hot drinks or hot food items. Choose your favourite style of travel mug or thermos and keep a piping hot beverage with you this fall.

back to school water bottleWater bottles keep you hydrated

Having your own water bottle means you can stay hydrated no matter where you are. You can choose all types of reusable water bottles, both big and small.

Homework help is here

Getting your homework done is easier when you have a helping hand. The latest technology makes it easy to complete homework, print it out, back it up, and present it.

Laptops help you complete back to school assignments

A great laptop is an absolute must-have for high school and college students, and it has never been so important to have one with the power and versatility to help you work almost completely online. There are 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 will give you a gorgeous display that rflips over for use as a laptop or a tablet, or even in tented mode. With a speedy processor and a solid-state drive providing the storage, you can work on your projects, write that term paper, and game in your downtime.

Take your tablet everywhere

tablet for continous learningA tablet is great tool for anyone in school or taking courses.

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 note-taking, organization, and to increase your productivity.

USB and flash drives back up papers

USB Drive back to schoolSaving your files is important when in high school and 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.

Just tap to print

When it’s time to print a term paper at 3 a.m. or you need to quickly upload a printed document and send it to your professor, a printer is essential. The latest printers connect to Wi-Fi so you can print from your phone or tablet.

Present your ideas


boards and presentationsPresenting that big paper or just showcasing your latest project to your class? Set yourself up with whiteboard and presentation tools and you’ll never stress about not being prepared.

You can choose from standard whiteboards to wireless presenters with a laser pointer to control your next slideshow.



Find every back to school supply on your list

Every class gets a list of school supplies, and you can check them all off right now by shopping the wide selection of papers, pens, and notebooks on Best Buy.

Standard back to school supplies

Crayons, markers, pencils, scissors, and loose sheet paper are all must-have school supplies for in-person and online school. They are also great to have at home.

graphing calculatorCraft and art supplies

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

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.

Notebooks, planners, and binders

Your high school student will need one or two binders with dividers so they can organize their classes. There are also other notebooks, planners, and smart options like Rocketbook reusable notebooks to organize your notes and your homework.


For both online and in-person classes, high school requires more than just lined paper. Don’t forget to pick up some graph paper at the beginning of the school year.

Desk organizers

It’s easier to complete your homework when your desk isn’t a mess. A desk organizer keeps your pens, paper, and other supplies neat and tidy.

Batteries are school supplies too

You may need batteries for your calculator or other devices. Stock up at the beginning of the school year and you’ll have them on hand when you need them.

Smart toys for when your kids are taking a coding class

smart toys for back to schoolIf your child is taking a coding class or part of their curriculum is learning to code, you’ll want to check out smart toys.

Smart Toys are great to have at home to help kids learn to code and learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math. They are fun, easy-to-relate-to, and they’ll never know they’re learning too.

Back to school safety

There are a few must-haves to stay safe when heading back into the school year.

label makerUse a label maker

To avoid confusion, labelling your child’s water bottle and lunch kit is a good idea. You can use a label maker to add labels to whatever school supplies you need.

Health & safety gear

You’ll want to keep a supply of first aid essentials like bandages in their backpack, and hand sanitizer is a great addition to your child’s lunch kit.

Face masks for back to school

While the rules are always changing, you’ll want to maintain a stock of face masks, including face masks for kids.

Check out the back to school hub

The best way to tackle a new school year is to start early, plan ahead, and choose your school supplies at Best Buy. For a look at everything back to school on Best Buy right now, check out the Back to School Hub.