January 13, 2022


It’s back to school time again, which means uniforms, pencil cases and books are all on the shopping list. If you have no idea where to start when it comes to school supplies, our handy checklist has you covered.

While shopping, sorting and cooking, and all the other related tasks that come with getting the family set for the first day back at school can be overwhelming, a checklist makes a big difference. To make sure that you don’t forget anything, it helps to have a comprehensive list on hand that you can refer to when your head starts to spin. Read on for the ultimate checklist you can use to send your children off to school fuss-free this year – there’s even a handy downloadable at the end of the article. You’re welcome!

Time to Shop

Before your kids start or go back to school, there are a bunch of supplies you need to make sure are all sorted. To start with, of course, you’ll need to buy new uniforms or potentially have last year’s clothing altered to fit your child’s current height and weight. Don’t leave shopping for uniforms to the last minute, as you never know if particular sizes will have to be ordered in or altered before the first day of school. Alternatively, if you’re purchasing uniforms second hand, it may take some time to find the correct type and size for your child.

Most kids tend to need new school shoes, plus running shoes for P.E. lessons and other sport activities, so allocate time to take them shopping for these. Other clothing items you’ll want ready to go are a hat, plenty of appropriate socks to match the uniform, and a coat or jumper. Don’t forget to check that your child also has a working umbrella, and a strong backpack that suits their current size. Since children tend to lose school items on a regular basis, it’s also important to buy some personalised name labels. That way, if your kids leave a hat at the bus stop or forget their jumper on the playground, you’re more likely to have the missing items returned.

When it comes to shopping for stationery, the list can be quite long, so write down all the things you need to buy before you’re overwhelmed when in a store. Stationery supplies can vary a little bit according to which year your child is in at school, but most kids will require some or all of the following items: a variety of coloured pens, plus some standard writing pencils; notebooks, folders and a diary to keep track of classes and homework; an eraser, ruler, pencil sharpener, glue stick and pair of scissors; some highlighters; a calculator; a library bag; and an art smock and/or apron. Computers are frequently used in the classroom these days as well, so many schools will ask students to bring a memory stick to save work completed during the day.

Things to Do

To be prepared for the new school year, there are plenty of other jobs you’ll need to take care of. For starters, book your children in for a haircut and, if needed, a doctor’s appointment and optometrist visit – they might need vaccinations, asthma inhalers, new glasses, or just a check-up. As well, take care of any school-related paperwork, whether that’s paying fees, filling out enrolment forms, or signing your kids up for after-school activities or day-care. If your child is starting at a new school, it also pays to work out their bus or walking route if applicable. Alternatively, you may want to discuss carpool schedules with other parents in advance.

Your child likely already has a lunch box and water bottle from last year that can be reused, but if these are broken or too dirty to be cleaned properly, consider buying new ones. Either way, spend time giving each item a good wash so that they’re all ready to be packed for the first day of school. Also check that you have some handy small ice packs on hand that can be used to keep lunches and bottles cool during the day.

To reduce the morning stress when your kids go off to school (especially for the first couple of hectic weeks), it pays to have a list drawn up of the healthy, yet easily-packed snacks you have planned for the week. Glance over this list on a daily basis to make sure you have everything you need on hand. After all, there’s nothing worse than going to make a sandwich or wrap and then realising you’ve run out of bread!

Follow these tips and remember to take plenty of deep, calming breaths when feeling overwhelmed, and you’ll find the back-to-school mania more manageable than ever.

The Ultimate Back To School Checklist


  • New uniforms or altered uniforms from last year
  • School shoes
  • Running shoes for P.E. lessons
  • Hat
  • Plenty of matching socks
  • Coat
  • Clothing labels


  • Backpack
  • Name labels
  • Coloured pens
  • Writing pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • A diary
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Glue sicks
  • Pair of scissors
  • Highlighters
  • Calculator
  • Library bag
  • Art smock and/or apron

School food

  • Lunch box
  • Food jar
  • Drink bottle

Things to Do

  • Haircut
  • Doctor’s appointment and optometrist visit
  • School-related paperwork
  • Pay fees
  • Filling out enrolment forms
  • Signing up for after-school activities or day care
  • Work out bus or walking route, or discuss carpool schedules
  • Clean lunch box and water bottle
  • Plan easy-to-pack snacks
  • Cover books


  • Umbrella
  • Tissues
  • Memory stick
  • Sunscreen
  • Tablet/laptop

Downloadable Back To School Checklist

Save this handy back to school checklist to your phone. Just press and hold on the checklist below and click ‘download image’ or ‘add to photos’ and it will be on your phone when you need it. You’ll be sorted in no time!

Back To School Checklist

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  • Well I’ve got a lot to do lol. Not even for prep just kindergarten


  • Thank you! With my first off to school this year I feel so unprepared!


  • love the list but I would add face masks, roll on aerogaurd, and a chapstick

    • I agree with that too. I would also add hand sanitiser.


  • This is such a helpful list to have on hand for the future!


  • Wow this is just fantastic. Definitely going to help alot of people out this year.


  • This is a great list. Just reminded me to book my daughter Optometrist appt! Thank you :)


  • My new favourite thing is these checklist. Thank you for the remainder..


  • This list makes it easy not to forget anything. Very helpful.


  • We’re just back from 6 weeks of traveling in Europe and in quarantine (we all tested also positive); I’m not able to sort anything out and to be honest I’m not ready for it.

    • Good list, but go with the list advised by the school of your kids


  • I’m not looking forward to primary with so many big changes, but it will be so good for my kids


  • Good list for those that need it. Still have to wait to see what the school recommends buying.


  • Love a good list like this one. thanks


  • I didn’t realise kids still used stationery.
    My sister in law said all hers use iPads including the ones at primary school!
    I remember when I first started kindy everything was provided for us so the stuff I had I took back home so no one would steal it.


  • Just remember that kids don’t need fancy stuff to take to school – it all ends up in the lost and found so LABEL everything!!


  • Great list especially for the newbies to school to help us on our way.


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