The Best Back to School Supplies for In-Person and Remote Learning

A back to school checklist.

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August 03, 2020
By: Amanda Mushro

Photo By: Westend61

How to Be Prepared for the Year

Back to school will look very different this year. Whether your child will be attending school in person, online or a combination of both, they’ll need more than just a few pencils and notebooks. From items that make setting up a remote learning space a breeze, to all the gear that makes washing hands and social distancing in the classroom a little easier, here’s a back to school checklist for 2020.

Hand Sanitizer Holder

These fun and colorful keychains hold travel-size hand sanitizer bottles and attach to your child’s bookbag. They'll encourage your little one to sanitize their hands throughout the school day.

BUY IT: Amazon, $16

Personalized Mask Lanyard

Here’s how to make sure your child doesn’t lose their mask while at school — mask lanyards. Just attach their mask to the lanyard and they can wear it around their neck. These personalized holders are lightweight, colorful and make wearing a mask at school a little more fun.

BUY IT: Etsy, $8+

Extra Face Masks

Having extra masks around will make getting out the door in the morning a lot easier. These cloth masks from Cat & Jack are colorful and come in a two-pack. Leave a few of these in your child’s bookbag and you’re good to go!

BUY IT: Target, $4

Mask Accessories

Wearing a mask all day can be uncomfortable for kids. These extenders help take the pressure off your child’s ears and are adjustable so they work with most masks.

BUY IT: Amazon, $9

Forehead Thermometer

Many schools will require a temperature check before kids can enter the building. You can help the progress go smoothly with a highly rated forehead thermometer.

BUY IT: Amazon, $50


For remote learners, this lapdesk makes it easy to complete schoolwork anywhere in the house. As an added bonus, there's a storage compartment that will hold all of the supplies they’ll need to get their work done.

BUY IT: Pottery Barn, $99

Weekly Calendar

Stay on top of due dates and keep everyone organized with a weekly calendar. This dry erase board is perfect for mapping out everything your kids need to finish each week and, because it’s a dry erase board, it can be updated as needed.

BUY IT: Amazon, $18


A great pair of headphones will help your kiddo focus on their remote lessons and block out the extra noise in your house. These highly rated headphones are a big kid favorite because of the fun colors and comfy padding.

BUY IT: Target, $20

Dry Erase Board and Markers

While many online platforms allow your kids to write on the screen, having a whiteboard and dry erase maker is a better way to help younger children answer questions, interact with their teachers and jot down notes.

BUY IT: Amazon, $9


Easy to set up and easy to use, this printer is incredibly convenient for your child’s schoolwork needs. It's wireless, so you can hit print from any room in your house.

BUY IT: Amazon, $90

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