“New school” supplies you shouldn’t forget

A little extra planning goes a long way to a healthier, happier school year.

By Dan Henry, Contributing Writer, Walmart

Every parent knows the standard school supplies a child needs to start off a new school year: backpacks, pens and pencils, and even electronics like cell phones and laptops. But don’t forget about these extra classroom items to smooth the way.

Hand soap & sanitizers

Get a jump on germs

Ask any teacher – a classroom can be a virtual petri dish of flu and common cold viruses. So tuck a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your child’s backpack, and encourage him to use it several times a day. You could be avoiding days of missed lessons and even protecting yourself from school-germinated bugs. Include some wet wipes, too, to clean up after snacks or lunch.

Sun care

Keep them sun-protected

These days, you can’t be too careful about sun protection. Send them off to school with a healthy application of sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30 – and a bottle or tube to reapply later for recess. Lip balm is always a good idea, too, to prevent cracked lips during the colder months. Colorful water bottles featuring their favorite characters are big now, and a great way to ensure they stay hydrated all through the school day.


Don’t forget these back-to-school must-haves

Be sure to stay well-stocked in children's vitamins all year long. When the inevitable cold comes along, be sure your child has a good supply of tissues – the kind with aloe or lotion helps protect delicate little noses. If you live in a part of the country prone to insect pests like mosquitoes and ticks, child-friendly insect spray is a must. And of course, if your child suffers from seasonal allergies, you’ll want to send them to school with the over-the-counter remedy that’s worked for them before. Most important of all, check with your child’s teacher to see if he or she has a list of recommended back-to-school extras, not to mention a policy for bringing medications to school. It will make for a better, more enjoyable school year for your child and for you.


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