Back to School 2020: 13 Essentials for The New School Year

Whether you’re sending your kids back to school this fall, jumping head first into homeschooling, or still debating about the best option for your family, one thing is for sure: Back to School season has never been crazier.

With the new school year rapidly approaching, we’ve assembled a list of the 13 must-have products to make life easier as your family embarks on pandemic schooling this fall. Hand sanitizer, masks, and face shields, oh my! We’ve got just what you need to lighten the load in this heavy season.

13 Back to School Essentials in 2020

1. Kids Face Masks

Back to school shopping looks a little different this year, but one thing that’s sure to be on every parents’ list is kids face masks. The CDC recommends all children over the age of 2 should wear face coverings to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. As schools gear up for a different kind of reopening this fall, here are 13 of the best kids face masks for every age, style, and student.

2. Zoey Naturals Hand Sanitizer

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If there’s one thing we’ve all learned during this pandemic, it’s that regular hand washing and using hand sanitizer is not a friend to our skin. Say goodbye to dry, cracked hands and cover your family with safe products from Zoey Naturals this fall. Formulated without the use of harsh chemicals, Zoey Naturals’ Hand Sanitizer spray comes in two incredible scents that will leave your hands feeling soft and smelling amazing all day long. Paraben, phthalate, and sulfate-free, Zoey Naturals is one choice you can feel good about this year. Check out their full line of products at

3. Kids Over-Ear Headphones

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Online learning this fall means school necessities look a little different than years past. Don’t enter a Zoom classroom without a good pair of over-ear headphones. come in a variety of fun colors and come equipped with sound sharing functionality, volume limiting safety, and a foldable headset with microphone for all of those virtual classroom hangs.

4. Funkins Reusable Lunch Bags

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Thoughtfully designed by moms and tested by both teachers and students for optimal functionality, you cannot go wrong with an adorably stylish lunch bag from Funkins. These machine-washable lunch bags are insulated to keep food fresh, and come in a variety of cute designs that are both spacious, and easy-to-pack. The stretchy material holds a wide variety of food and drink containers, including bento boxes and water bottles.

5. SuperBee Wax Wraps

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SuperBee Wax Wraps are the ethical way to reduce plastic waste while keeping foods fresh and contained. Perfect for back to school snacks and lunches, each wax wrap is handmade from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton, sustainably-harvested beeswax, organic coconut oil, tree resin and most importantly, lots of love.

Beeswax, coconut oil, and tree resin are all naturally antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial. The wax wraps keep your food clean and protected, while the coconut oil and tree resin make the wraps sticky so they easily shape around your food or dish.

6. Plum Paper Planner

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Whether you’re looking for a way to keep busy homeschool schedules in check, or simply just need a little bit of normalcy in your life, look no further than the Plum Paper Planner. Fully customizable, you choose everything from the layouts to the cover to the gorgeous designs, prints, and quotes used throughout. You deserve a planner that is intuitive to your needs and will maximize your time this school year. Start customizing today at

7. ThermBot Smart Thermometer

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ThermBot is the smaller, instant, smarter thermometer that will become a game-changer in monitoring your family’s health this school year. ThermBot is the fast and effective way to take someone’s temperature in under one second with 100% clinical accuracy. Its contactless operation makes the process healthy and sanitary. Perfect for those kiddos who just can’t sit still, the ThermBot Smart Thermometer is the best way to get their temperature quickly before they head to school.

8. Blue Light Glasses

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Now, more than ever before, back to school means back to screens. Whether your child is doing full-time online learning, or simply attending a public school this fall, you can plan on heavy use of technology for all things learning. Protect their eyes this year with blue light glasses from Pixel Eyewear. With a large variety of fashionable frames to fit both kids and adults, these breakthrough lenses filter 50 percent of blue light and and eliminate glare from computer screens, smartphones, tablets, and TVs.


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When it comes to loading up on back to school supplies, look no further than OOLY. With fun, colorful and vibrant school supplies for every age and grade Ooly has something for everyone! Shop everything from mini monster scented markers, to stay sharp pencils, journals and calendars, and bring some color to your kiddos’ school year.

10. PeachSkinSheets

Nothing says back to school like the gift of a good night’s sleep. Stock up on bedroom essentials this fall with the help of PeachSkinSheets! These sheets are some of the the best on the market because they are made of a high-performance  SMART fabric that helps warm sleepers stay cool and cool sleepers stay cozy. You don’t have to compromise softness for dryness.

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PeachSkinSheets have a luxurious 1500 thread count level of softness thanks to the brushed peachskin finish on both sides, so they’re extraordinarily soft no matter what side touches your skin.

11. Life in Tents

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For most families, school this fall will look much less conventional than usual. Why not embrace the change and create a comfortable separate learning space with the help of Life in Tents. These luxury tents are crafted to stand up to Mother Nature, and create a beautiful living space right in your very own yard! Your kids may not be returning to the classroom this fall, but with the help of Life in Tents, you can create a 16-foot sanctuary for kids to learn and thrive right at home. Escape from the house and keep them safe in their very own luxury tent classroom, and establish a comfortable space to learn, grow, and flourish this school year.

12. Reusable Storage Bags

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Say goodbye to single-use ziplock baggies, and say hello to the tupperware of the future. This 10-pack of BPA-free reusable storage bags makes it easier than ever to do your part for the planet, and make snacks and lunch time a breeze! The leak-proof design guarantees food stays in, not out, and they’re freezer safe making their possibilities, endless.

13. The Happy Planner

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Give your kids the most productive school year yet with the help of their very own planner from The Happy Planner. With soft, colorful artwork, this 12-month planner is dated from August 2020 – July 2021 and is great for all students and homeschooling. Give them their daily dose of inspiration, and keep them on schedule with this classic back to school staple.

Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

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