Must Have Back to School Checklist

The end of August is a good time to start going through your Back to School needs.  Organization is the key for a stress-free school year.

This year the first day of school is Wednesday September the 8th.

Here is a handy printable checklist for the most common school supplies needed for all ages:


General Supplies

  • Backpack
  • lunch bag 
  • cold pack for lunch bag
  • thermos
  • drink container
  • hand sanitizer
  • tissues
  • indoor/outdoor shoes
  • Labels


Elementary Supplies

  • Glue sticks
  • safety scissors
  • crayons
  • washable markers
  • Pencil case
  • smock
  • change of clothes


College and Highschool Supplies

  • pencils
  • pens
  • 3 ring lined paper
  • duotangs
  • binders 1 per subject
  • erasers
  • pencil sharpener
  • highlighters
  • white out
  • scientific calculator
  • protractor
  • ruler
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Flash drive



  • Combination lock
  • Locker supplies
  • magnetic mirror
  • magnetic calendar
  • shelving
  • lunch money
  • gym clothes


Helpful tips. 

Label everything! From shoes, to backpacks, lunch bags, pencil case etc.  Companies like lovable labels have a variety of washable labels for every surface.

Go for a litterless lunch by using washable drink cups, sandwich boxes, etc.

Check with your school for allergies when buying snacks and supplies ie:  peanut, latex allergies

Check your local flyers for sales


Other links:


Download the Simcoe County District School Board Calendar for 2015/16

Public school directory

Download your Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Calendar for 2015/16

Catholic school directory




Have a back to school tip you want to share?  Feel free to comment or forward this blog to your friends and family or kindly repost on your social media.

Have safe Labour Day weekend!






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