Super School Bag Essentials That Every Student Should Carry


June 8, 2023

Super school bag essentials every student should carry

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Back to school is all about lists and checking them twice! We asked parents and Irish school supply retailer to help us put together this list of school bag essentials.

In addition, we’ve compiled an all-important checklist to help you get organised for back to school. Just download and start the school year as you mean to go on!

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First things first, pick a school bag that works for your child and the level they are at in school. Books are heavy and a well fitted school bag is important for posture and comfort.

Once you have the school bag sorted, decide on a lunch box and drinks bottle, bearing in mind what pocket space you have available.

I was always a last minute panic school bag packer! My Mum would nag me for weeks before I went back to school to get organised and now I find myself doing the same with my own children. I always seemed to manage to have my school books (thanks to my Mum), but beyond that it was a bit hit and miss!

So my advice would be that a few weeks in advance of returning to school, check you have all the school books on the booklist and get them packed into the school bag. Then you are ready to get onto the other essentials that are needed.

Get All Your School Bag Essentials has everything a busy parent might need for during the school year from school books, stationery, learning resources, lunch items etc.

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School Bags Essentials Checklist

You can download this handy school bag essentials checklist to make back to school a little easier.

Stationery and Supplies:

  1. Pens and pencils for writing
  2. Colouring supplies
  3. Pencil sharpener
  4. Glue stick
  5. Highlighters
  6. Ruler
  7. Eraser
  8. Pencil Case
  9. Folders for school notes
  10. Notebooks and copybooks
  11. Calculator
  12. Homework journal

Hygiene Items:

  1. Hand sanitiser
  2. Tissues
  3. Hairbrush/comb
  4. Spare hair ties
  5. Deodorant
  6. Period products
  7. Spare underwear
  8. Sun cream


  1. Rain gear
  2. Gloves, hat, scarf, etc for cold weather
  3. Sports wear for PE


  1. Lunch box or lunch money
  2. Water bottle
  3. Medication (e.g. inhaler, epipen, etc)
  4. Phone and charger
  5. Money for transport
  6. Emergency snack (just in case!)

Finally, be sure you have given up-to-date contact details to the school in case of an emergency.

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