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It's back-to-school time ... again! This year, the TODAY Parenting and Shop TODAY teams came together to make the transition from summer vacation to schoolwork as seamless as possible. We're bringing you the best back-to-school supplies, tips and tricks — all in one place.
Back to school shopping doesn't have to be synonymous with boring or tedious. In fact, if you're looking for a notable notebook, or a saucy snack bag, we've got the definitive list of what your kid needs to have in his or her backpack this year.
Of course, given the flood of items in stores and online, everyone could use a little guidance on where to spend, and what to skip.
"Be it saving time, reducing waste, clearing clutter — there is so much innovation to be found this season! As far as where to spend and where to save, I like to think of it as an equation of sorts: the frequency an item will be used plus the time and energy to be saved by using it equals how much more I am willing to spend on a better basic for back to school," said Jenn Falik, lifestyle blogger and fashion expert.
Here are her picks!
This very cool notebook features 36 reusable pages that wipe clean with a damp cloth, and can be reused forever and ever.
Both of these work like a traditional pen and paper version; this one has 80 pages. When they are full, you can scan them with the app and send the contents to the cloud. Meaning, no more crumpled papers or lost notes. Genius!
The original PackIt lunch bag cooling technology is built into the walls of the bag so you'll never waste money on ice packs again.
This is a very cool freezable bag that keeps your grub fresh and chilled.
These bags are food-safe, lead-free and BPA-free. The lightweight bags can be used for snacks, sandwiches, travel, home organization and more. Most importantly, they're a great solution for those of us who worry about all that plastic we're dumping out every day.
We love these cute wraps for adorable, eco-friendly lunches.
Such a fun way to let little ones know you love them (or remind them to eat their veggies)! These interactive scratch off notes are perfect lunch box surprises.
These kids shoes are fun, functional and fashion-forward. Plus, you can customize them with easy-to-swap velcro straps!
Such a fun way to personalize papers and notebooks. These mini stickers easily roll off the pen and onto paper to add a unique touch to all your school supplies!
This is an all-natural, long-lasting laundry alternative ideal for kids going off to college. One egg can handle up to 720 loads of laundry, and you can choose from a variety of scents! One TODAY writer loves these laundry eggs so much she wrote an entire article about them!
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