Back to school essentials


It is just 8 days until the kids go back to school and I am knee deep in preparations for their return.

This September, Isaac is moving up to Secondary School, so has a list of essential items that he must have, but do check with your own school as many will have different requirements.


I don’t know how they do it, but my kids manage to fill their backpacks to the brim, with library books, homework and various artwork they ferry back and forth to school.

We would be lost without our Smiggle Backpacks, which not only come in a variety of colours and designs to suit the fussiest of children, but are packed full of incredible features like dual drink bottle sleeves, media device pockets with headphone access and laptop compartments, plus they’re designed for carrying comfort too; featuring even weight distribution, extra-comfortable padding and adjustable shoulder straps to get the right level of support.


Again, Smiggle is our go-to brand for lunchboxes and the kids have the double decker lunchbox, which offer two tiers of great storage so you can separate all your snacks! Lining is BPA free and food grade safe.

Smiggle Lunch Bag

Leakproof Water Bottle

Our kids have to have a drinks bottle for the classroom and one for lunchtime and as every parents knows, there is nothing worse than a leaky water bottle!!

The Ion8 Leakproof is the perfect water bottle to keep up the kids water intake and with it’s 100% leakproof lid you won’t spill a drop and ruin anything in their school bag.

The bottles have a textured grip, so you won’t drop it in the classroom and with its innovative OneTouch lid you can unlock and drink one handed, so ideal for when you are working hard on a piece of work.

Pens & Pencils

Our primary school doesn’t require the kids to provide pens and pencils, however, they will need them to complete their homework tasks.

For Secondary School

Secondary school is a whole different ball game for equipment are the basic are:

  • Helix Maths Set
  • Protractor
  • 30cm Ruler
  • Compass
  • Pencil Case
  • Scientific Calculator

What are your back to school essentials?

9 thoughts on “Back to school essentials

  1. Smiggles is great for back to school stuff, loving this backpack,so fun and a nice way to start school

    Laura x

  2. Joanne says:

    I haven’t reached the school stage yet with my kids but Smiggle looks like a great brand so I will have to remember this when backpack shopping!

  3. We are huge Smiggle fans here. They have everything you need for heading back to school

  4. Jenni says:

    Our kids went back a couple weeks ago (school in Edinburgh starts mid August) and we had to get new school bags. I love the look of Smiggle, but for my P1 I wanted a bag with a chest strap to keep the back from slipping from his shoulders as he’s so small. All school bags in Germany have them, I’m surprised it’s not more common on school bags in the UK.

  5. OddHogg says:

    I love the sound of a double decker lunch box! I might take a look for when we go on days out for the boys lunches

  6. Aww we love Smiggle too! Their fun designs, high quality designs and interactive aspects are winners in our house 🙂

  7. Anosa says:

    Loving the backpack and the bottle too, we seem to go through them like mad.

  8. Sabina Green says:

    A agree a good strong bag is a must and a decent water bottle that doesn’t leak! I love Smiggle,there designs are so cool!

  9. Erin needs a new backpack soon but I didn’t think to look at Smiggle. Thanks!

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