As we get closer to waving goodbye to yet another summer and our little ones (or not-so-little ones as the case may be) get ready to start a new school year, we need to turn our heads to making sure they’re prepared with the right gear.

Our list of back to school essentials will have those tots and teens feeling confident and excited to face the new school year.

For Whatever the Weather

Need a coat that’s equipped to deal with the best and the worst of the great British weather? This waterproof, windproof jacket will keep your child dry and happy. It’s lightweight, so when it’s not needed it can be rolled up and tucked away inside their school bag, fuss-free. As well as offering all-weather protection, the stylish colour block design looks smart and the big kids will love looking the coolest in town.

Lyle & Scott Blue & Orange Panelled Raincoat, £24.99 from T.K.MAXX.


For the Ride

We can’t promise it’ll help with getting them out of bed, but travelling to and from school will never be the same again with this 18 speed Shimano geared mountain bike. Whether you’re heading out with them or they’re capable to go it alone, life on the bike will certainly add some fun to the morning journey. It should help cut out waiting in the busy traffic so they need never be late for school again!

Indi Unleashed Kids Mountain Bike, £79.99 from Halfords.


For the Playground

It wouldn’t be a new school year without a new pair of shoes! Durable yet pretty, your little princess will love kicking around (not literally we hope!) the playground in these patent leather flats. The sturdy soles are supportive and robust enough to get her through more than just a few weeks. They’re slip-on too, so there’s no need for them to get their laces in a twist - these shoes definitely make it into our back to school essentials list.

Dr Martens Black Maccy Girls’ Junior shoes, £50.00 from Schuh.


For the Books

The school bag has got to be one of the best investments you can make when it comes to back to school buys. No matter whether they’re walking to and from school or just carrying it around on trips or between lessons, it’s important it offers the support they need. This lightweight backpack won’t put excess strain on the back, yet it’s large enough to transport their mass of books, lunches, and other bits and bobs. What’s more it’s effortlessly stylish too, so they’ll be pleased to sport it on their back.

Backpack, £14.99 from H&M.


For the little things

Stocking up on stationary is a must for a new school year. To keep the vast amount of gel pens, pencils and rubbers in one place, a pencil case is the perfect accessory. This bright and colourful case includes three pockets to help organise even the widest pen collection.

Be Happy 3 Pocket Pencil Case £4.99 from WHSmith.


For the Homework

In theory this is the perfect purchase for the kids to get their homework done, but in reality this might be used for social media and watching YouTube videos plus some online shopping once the kids are in bed. This ASUS 15.6” laptop in black is perfect for everyday use by the family and perfect for the older kids to write up essays and study.

ASUS 15.6” Laptop from Currys.


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