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Custom pencil cases, fingerprint locks and 16 other must-haves for back-to-school

These picks will make this school year the best one yet!
/ Source: TODAY

If your back-to-school shopping list is still in the works, prepare to add a few more items! Sure there are the essentials — pencils, notebooks, pens, highlighters — but how about the items that can make the school year a little bit easier for you and your little one?

Chassie Post, Yahoo! Lifestyle contributing editor, stopped by TODAY to share some must-haves for the upcoming school year that will make going back to school something to look forward to.

From backpacks and water bottles to sneakers and flats, here are some of Post's top picks to make this school year the best one yet.

School Storage and Organization

Closetmaid Kidspace Open Storage Locker

Locker storage isn't just an in-school concept! Keep your kids organized throughout the school year and keep your home clean with this at-home "locker." That's right, no more backpacks by the front door or pairs of shoes thrown around the house. All of the essentials can fit in this easy-to-assemble storage unit that features a reversible backer to add a pop of color to any room.

Classroom Supplies

Allermates Food Allergy Bracelets

For some kids, the lunchroom can be a minefield of potential allergens. This cute bracelet alerts adults to the foods and products that pose a potential risk.

Personalized Pencil Boxes

Kiddos will feel extra special pulling markers out of a pencil case designed just for them! These unique trapper keepers are bestsellers on Etsy and are currently available in 10 different colors.

Fingerprint Padlock

Unlocking your locker with a fingerprint is decidedly cooler than fumbling your way through a multi-digit code. It also comes with a set of keys ... just in case.

2-in-1 Mouse Scanner

This clever gadget is both a mouse and a digital scanner. According to the brand, it works in a fraction of the time that it would take a traditional scanner — plus it's a great portable option for college kids.

Back to School Clothing

Rothy's Kids' Sneakers

Our love for Rothy's is well-documented, so it's no surprise their kids' sneakers made the cut. They're the perfect shoe for the playground because they can be absolutely destroyed by dirt and revived with a trip through the washing machine.

Snack & Lunch Containers

Reusable Sandwich Bags

A new school year means a new chance to commit to eco-friendly habits at home. Instead of opting for disposable plastic bags, give these reusable sandwich bags a try. They're even dishwasher-safe so clean up is a breeze.

Bumkins Reusable Sandwich Bags

These reusable cloth bags are lined with a waterproof coating so they can stand up to even the tastiest of sandwiches. They're both machine-washable and dishwasher-safe.

The Snacker

If you're looking for a sophisticated take on reusable food storage, Modern Picnic's the way to go. Post picked this slim pouch designed to carry all your favorite snacks and keep them cool.

Crossbody Lunch Bag

This crossbody lunch bag is great for teens and college students. It comes in either metallic silver or floral pink and it's fully insulated to keep your lunch at the right temperature. Plus, the strap is removable for extra versatility.

Backpacks & Water bottles

Rockets of Awesome Neon Backpacks

These neon backpacks are statement-makers all on their own, but you can purchase additional patches so your student can add their own personal touch! Plus they're super roomy so they can hold all of the essentials, from lunchboxes to water bottles.

Flip Sequin Backpacks

We can't get enough of these sequined backpacks that are available in three different styles! They're sparkly, roomy and durable — can we ask for more?

Silver Holographic Backpack

The design on this adorable backpack changes with the swipe of your little one's hand to reveal an even cuter one. The interior is roomy and has earned this backpack a 4.4-star rating on Amazon.

Kopack Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack

This backpack is the perfect accessory for your high school or college student. It features fully-hidden zippers to offer protection against theft, a water-resistant exterior for when rainy days hit and a separate pocket to fit a 17-inch laptop.

Yeti Rambler Jr. Kids Bottle

Yeti tumblers are a big hit among adults, so we can only imagine the kids water bottles will be super popular. They're designed for kids ages 3 and up and available for pre-order today.

Glow-in-the-dark Backpacks

These cool backpacks come in a complete set with a roller backpack, a strapped backpack, reusable water bottle, hot and cold container and more. They're bound to be the coolest accessories in the classroom.

Online Back to School Deals


Now's a great time to stock up on back-to-school snacks and supplies in bulk because Boxed is offering 20% off through Aug. 18.

Mabel's Labels

Waterproof, laundry-safe and dishwasher-safe, these labels will last throughout the entire year and practically guarantee that your kids will end up with fewer items in the lost and found this year.

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