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The coolest gear and supplies for the new school year ahead

by Jordan Muto / / Source: TODAY

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It's that time of year again!

Summer is winding down with school being back in session for much of the country already. Whether your kids are in the classroom or still have a few more weeks of vacation, there's lots of back-to-school shopping to be done.

To make the process easier, Lori Bergamotto of Good Housekeeping did some scouting for you and picked the hottest gear and supplies for the kids to head back to school in style.

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Backpacks

Finding a backpack that kids want to use but that's also functional is never an easy task. Both you and your kiddos will love these picks.

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LED Space Racer Backpack, $44, Bixbee

  Bixbee

LED Space Racer Backpack, $44, Bixbee

These horizontal backpacks are unique in that they help keep weight above the waistline for a safer way for kids to carry their books and school supplies. This space-themed carryall will be a winner with your mini scientist.

LED Fairy Flyer Backpack, $44, Bixbee

  Bixbee

LED Fairy Flyer Backpack, $44, Bixbee

Bixbee has created their horizontal backpacks in a variety of designs and patterns. This fairy princess-inspired one is perfect for your little one who loves all things pink.

My Little Pony Mini Backpack, $5, Hollar

  Hollar

My Little Pony Mini Backpack, $5, Hollar

Hollar has lots of affordable backpack options featuring designs from your child's favorite cartoons, movies and television shows.

Discovery LED Glow Book Pack, $50, L.L. Bean

  L.L. Bean

Discovery LED Glow Book Pack, $50, L.L. Bean

This glow-in-the-dark backpack includes LED lighting, which is an added safety bonus for late days at school or on the playground.

Land of Nod Big Bow Backpack, $25, Spring

  Spring

Land of Nod Big Bow Backpack, $25, Spring

This backpack will be a winner with tweens and teens. From books to laptops, it has lots of room to pack everything.

Land of Nod Lightening Bolt, $25, Spring

  Spring

Land of Nod Lightening Bolt, $25, Spring

This lightening bolt backpack has it all going on. With padded straps and lots of room, it's great for kids as they head into middle school.

Anti-Theft Backpack, $99, Uncommongoods

  Uncommongoods

Anti-Theft Backpack, $99, Uncommongoods

This backpack includes cut-proof material, hidden zippers and secret pockets to protect your most valuable items. It also includes a USB charging pot and water-repellent fabric, making it a must for those on-the-go or who love to travel. It's great for college students or commuters alike.

JanSport Superbreak Backpack, $36, Kohl's

  Kohl's

JanSport Superbreak Backpack, $36, Kohl's

These classic backpacks have moved past the days of solid colors and into the world of fun and funky prints.

M-Edge Graffiti Pack, $35, Evine

  Evine

M-Edge Graffiti Pack, $35, Evine

This backpack will keep your devices charged on the go. It comes with a patent-pending USB interface so you can charge your phone.

Supplies

While shopping for school supplies can be a tedious task, here are a few options to get you going.

Hadron Epoch Cotton Candy Pencil Box Set, $15, Spring

  Spring

Hadron Epoch Cotton Candy Pencil Box Set, $15, Spring

Students might actually like doing their homework with these pink pencils that smell like cotton candy. Plus you might just want them for yourself.

Tiny Rectangle Write-On Labels, $25 for 84 labels, NameBubbles

  NameBubbles

Tiny Rectangle Write-On Labels, $25 for 84 labels, NameBubbles

These unicorn-themed labels are great for everything, from clothes to lunch boxes to homework folders.

Pilot FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Pens, $7, Office Depot

  Office Depot

Pilot FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Pens, $7, Office Depot

These erasable pens come in fun colors like hot pink and electric blue. Plus they have the Good Housekeeping seal of approva.

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Water bottles

Keep the kids hydrated with these water bottles that are good for all ages, even the youngest ones of the bunch.

Spill Proof Kids Tumbler, $10, Contigo

  Contigo

Spill Proof Kids Tumbler, $10, Contigo

These spill-proof cups keep liquids cool and help kids avoid messes. They also have sippy ones for the littlest ones in the house.

12oz Standard Mouth, $25, Hydro Flask

  Hydro Flask

12oz Standard Mouth, $25, Hydro Flask

These bottles can keep can keep liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. You can customize your own Hydro Flask bottle to be school colors or any other favorite color combination.

Lunch boxes and accessories

Make lunch something the kids are excited about with these lunch boxes and accessories that are both fun and functional.

Rover, $56, PlanetBox

  PlanetBox

Rover, $56, PlanetBox

This lunch box comes with a designated place for every treat and snack. There are containers too for any loose foods, such as blueberries.

Beast Box lunch Box, $16, Zipit

  Zipit

Beast Box lunch Box, $16, Zipit

Kids will love these funky lunch boxes. They have a shell to keep your favorite sandwiches in place and are insulated to keep everything just at the right temperature.

Snack in the Box, $10, Amazon

  Amazon

Snack in the Box, $10, Amazon

These snack boxes include two separate containers so kids have all of their favorite treats.

Freezable Bento Box Set, $20, Pack It

  Pack It

Freezable Bento Box Set, $20, Pack It

This lunch box will keep your favorite foods refrigerated and chilled even on the go. Put it in the freezer overnight and then pack your lunch in the morning.

Locker decor

Locker decor is still a big part of back-to-school shopping. It’s all about a little personal flair!

Locker Style Chandelier LED Light Decoration, $15, Target

  Target

Locker Style Chandelier LED Light Decoration, $15, Target

Jazz up your school locker with a sparkly chandelier.

Gear-up Locker Essentials Pocket, $10, PBteen

  PBteen

Gear-up Locker Essentials Pocket, $10, PBteen

This locker pocket can store everything from pens and pencils to phone chargers.

Pineapple Marquee Light, $19, Sunny Life

  Sunny Life

Pineapple Marquee Light, $19, Sunny Life

Bring the pineapple decor to your locker with this fun light.

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