My Top 10 Must Haves for Back to School


My Top 10 Must Haves for Back to School

My Top 10 Must Haves for Back to School: I have always loved Back to School.  I love school supplies, I love finding just the right pens and pencils.  I think I enjoy it more than my kids.  I also love buying things for my classroom and prepping for the beginning of the school year.  I have compiled a list of my TOP 10 Must Haves for Back to School in case you might need some fresh ideas!

Top 10 Back to School Must Haves FI

#1 Must Have

I obviously love to hang things around my classroom and to do this I use a few options…one is my hot glue gun set to the COOL setting, this way it avoids peeling the paint off.  The other option is MAVALUS TAPE!  It is durable, strong, and leaves NO residue!  It costs more  (obviously) than masking tape, but it is SO worth it! MAVALUS TAPE ON AMAZON 

Mavalus Tape

#2 Must Have

I *love* paper.  There, I said it.  I love colorful, bright paper.  I love lined paper.  I even love graph paper.  My favorite paper, though, has to be Astrobrights Paper.  I use it for everything! I love the look of it against the black background.  ASTROBRIGHTS PAPER ON AMAZON

Astrobrights Paper

#3 Must Have

My next favorite is Frixion Erasable Markers.  I cannot live without them.  OK, that sounds dramatic.  But I love them and use them for everything at school!  FRIXION MARKERS ON AMAZON

Frixion Erasable Markers

#4 Must Have

Not to sound redundant, but the markers can’t be a must have without the erasable pens!  I have issues when I am writing fast on forms and any other documentation we are forced to do as teachers.  I write fast and make mistakes even faster!  The pens are a savior.  They erase with no residue and save me time from having to copy things over and over! (they have erasable highlighters, but who’s keeping score??)  FRIXION ERASABLE PENS

Frixion Erasable pens

#5 Must Have

A laminator is a must, at least for me.  I’ve had the same laminator for 4 years now and I still love it!  It’s called a Purple Cow…it’s awesome.  PURPLE COW LAMINATOR ON AMAZON

Purple Cow Laminator

#6 Must Have

I print A LOT.  I need a reliable, fast printer.  I recently joined HP Instant Ink and needed an approved HP printer.  There are many that are less expensive, but I needed a “big daddy” printer! lol  HP 8720 PRINTER ON AMAZON

HP Printer

I use my printer with HP Instant Ink.  It is phenomenal.  I pay $10 a month for 300 pages and I never have to buy ink cartridges.  You can get a free month using with my: REFERRAL CODE HERE .

#7 Must Have

The Erin Condren Lesson Planner is one of my favs.  I’ve used one the last couple of years and haven’t regretted it!  If you’d like me to send you a $10 coupon, email me =)  You can see them on the Erin Condren Website.

Erin Condren Lesson Planner

#8 Must Have

A Circle Punch for crafts and back to school.  I have them from 1/2 inch up to 3 inch.  I use them to cut out kids’ pictures, pieces for crafts, and so much more.  The ones I have are mostly Fishers and they hold up very well!   CIRCLE PUNCH ON AMAZON

Circle Punch

#9 Must Have

Who doesn’t love a good anchor chart?  Here’s one of my favorites, it’s by Top Notch and comes with a polka dot border in blue, green, red, or black.  CHART PAPER ON AMAZON

chart paper

#10 Must Have

A great teacher bag is a MUST.  Last year I purchased a Better Life Bags Nicole bag and I am still in love with it.  It’s the perfect size to hold all my junk along with my laptop.  The bags support a great cause and are entirely customizable.  BETTER LIFE BAGS

Better Life Bags

I hope this will give you some ideas of things you can use at the beginning of the year!  Let me know what’s on your list!!

Top 10 Must Haves for Back to School
{This post contains referral links, but is 100% my opinion and all things mentioned are things I truly love!}


  1. Thank you for the supply list! Great ideas! I’ve never used an Erin Condren Lesson Planner and would like to try one this year. Can I get that $10 coupon, please?

    1. I just bought one this year and it is great. Can’t wait to use it. Staples and Wal-Mart have some real good ones if you would like to try one first. They are JUST like the Condren ones but for way less $$$.

  2. Thank you for the ideas! I just placed a whole bunch of items in my Amazon cart. I love the Marvalus Tape. I have been trying different ideas my classroom for years.I never knew about Frixon pens. My daughter used “erasable highlighters” in her rented college text book last year. The highlighter did not erase. Needless to say she ended up paying for the book. I am going to buy her a set of Erixon highlighters and ask her to use them with caution. Og course I ordered a set of pens and markers as well! I could go on and on. Thank you!!!!!!

  3. Love this post!! I am so bad about forgetting things until I’m in the middle of class and realize I’m out of chart paper!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. I really want a new printer, heavy-duty printer!!! I have a huge laserjet printer, how do you think this one compares?

  5. I use Mavalus (or as I call it Marvelous) tape on everything. I am convinced I should buy stock in their company. It is the one thing I must have to help stick things to walls without leaving marks!

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