From "dry shampoo" for your clothes to help you freshen up between washes to a genius pillowcase for anyone who prefers to shower at night, read on for all of the picks that make up what we're calling the ultimate back-to-routine shopping guide.
Back-to-school Amazon favorites on the 3rd hour of TODAY
If you find yourself buying single-use containers for lunch, this is your sign to switch to a more sustainable option. These Japanese lunchboxes feature four compartments to help you construct a balanced meal, as well as cutlery and a snap-close lid to help you prevent spills.
Brach says this brand makes her "favorite lunch containers" and she loves this bento bowl that is designed to hold soups and salads. Not only does the container hold a meal, but the lid has enough room to hold a half-cup of food or the included cutlery, according to the brand.
For her little one-year-old, Brach loves the kids' version of the bento box. She says she uses it daily to pack an easy lunch that little hands can grab and enjoy. Though it's a bit of an investment, it's one Brach says is worth it in the long run, as it is both leak-proof and dishwasher safe.
Are you the proud owner of a "char-drobe"? You know, the chair that holds the clothes you wore for a few hours but just aren't dirty enough to put in the hamper? Don't feel guilty! There are some items, like jeans, that experts told us are not supposed to be washed very often, anyway. This spray is like a dry shampoo for those pieces of clothing. According to the brand, it can help keep clothes feeling and smelling fresh in-between washes and even help reduce wrinkles.
If you want to try it out without the commitment to a pack of 3, you can grab just one bottle.
Back in 2020, when working form home was the only option for some, this seat cushion quickly became a Shop TODAY-reader favorite, Brach said. The bestselling cushion is made from memory foam and a cooling gel that is designed to help give some relief to your back after sitting for long periods of time. According to the brand, it can also help support your hips and promote a healthy posture.
High tech doesn't have to be complicated. This 2-in-1 desk lamp can offer some bright lighting (it's dimmable, though) for late night shifts or study sessions, and it can charge your phone (wirelessly or via a USB port) while you get it done, too. Thanks to the LED display, you can also see the time, temperature, date and more at a quick glance.
The kid-friendly version also features a color-changing LED display, pencil holder and gooseneck design for easy adjustments. Plus, you can adjust the lighting, colors and time via the touch controls.
If you prefer nighttime showers, this is the product you never knew you needed, Brach said. Since regular towels can cause frizz, Brach says she only uses microfiber towels to dry her hair. This pillowcase does double-duty since it dries your hair without soaking your pillow thanks to its waterproof lining and is soft enough to sleep on at night.
More back-to-school Amazon favorites
This dishwasher sign is a bestseller on Amazon with over 20,600 verified five-star ratings — so our guess is a lot of people are tired of having to ask the same question: Is the dishwasher dirty or clean? The magnetic backing sticks right onto your dishwasher, and all you'll have to do is slide the cover over to the side you want to hide.
These dry cleaning sheets can be used to spot treat clothing in order to remove odors and stains and release wrinkles, according to the brand. After spot-treating, toss your garments (up to 5 of them) in the dryer for a tumble dry cycle and then enjoy clean, fresh clothes.
Your average pencil case probably can't hold as much as this one can. According to the brand, it has enough room for 50 pens or 90 pencils and can also squeeze in erasers, tape and other small items in its side pockets.
From tablets to cellphones, our tech gets a lot dirtier than we likely want to admit. This 7-in-1 kit includes one storage brush, a brush to clean small gaps, cleaning wipes, cleaning cloths, a key puller for your keyboard, a spray bottle and a phone holder, so you have everything you need to get the job done.
Write, erase repeat. If you're sending a student off to college, this reusable notebook will likely come in handy. They can scribble everything down while they're in class and then scan the pages into a cloud so they can access them whenever they need them, or share them with classmates. Once the notes are saved, the pages can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
Feel like you're getting tech neck? According to the brand, you can prop your laptop up with this affordable stand to help reduce neck strain. It is compatible with laptops up to 17.3-inches and is both foldable and portable.
Whether you need to charge your phone, laptop or tablet, this 6-in-1 charger can probably get the job done. According to the brand, the connector has four different types of outputs and measures five-feet in length, which makes it easily accessible from a desk, or even from your bed.
The bar on this tablet stand extends up to two-feet in the air for hands-free studying or calls. Devices with SideCar or Universal Control can also benefit from the gadget, which allows you to see the screens seamlessly — turning any tablet into a mini monitor. We also think it can come in handy for viewing recipes in the kitchen!
Back-to-school favorites previously seen on TODAY
Shop All Day contributor Chassie Post and lifestyle expert Jenn Falik previously stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to share some of their favorite finds for back-to-school season. We rounded up their picks below.
Even lunch can be high fashion with this lunch bag. It looks just like your favorite stylish handbag but is an insulated cooler that can hold your entire lunch, plus a water bottle, and keep it cold (or hot) for hours, according to the brand. Post says she loves that not only are fashion and function joining forces "to give us something we didn’t know we needed," with this 4.7 star–rated lunch bag, but also it comes in several different "sophisticated patterns" that might make you want to ditch your old tote.
Blazers aren't just for the office anymore, so we love that this one can work for nearly any occasion. Whether you're running out the door and want to look pulled-together or simply need the finishing touch on an outfit for work, this bestseller won't let you down. Post says it crosses off all of the boxes: The loosely tailored fit is on-trend for fall, the fabric has a little give, it's well crafted and is simply a stylish and versatile piece. It's also machine washable, so you'll never need to rush to the dry cleaners before Monday rolls around.
While the rise of workleisure might signify that it's time to ditch your favorite sweatpants, Post says we don't have to kiss comfort goodbye so fast. Matching sets have been on trend for some time and comfort certainly isn't going anywhere — so this sweatsuit combines the best of both worlds. Even if you don't want to go for a monochromatic look, you can wear the pieces as separates with existing pieces in your wardrobe to mix it up.
Trends dating back to the '80s are popping up everywhere in fashion, but big hair is making a comeback, too. Post knows that effortless waves are not always effortless — but says these heatless rollers make it easy to achieve. The foam rollers can be used on hair that is almost dry overnight or before you leave the house, which helps save time when it comes to heat-free styling.
Eight hours of sleep each night is always the goal, but if you can't achieve it, you can at least fake it with these eye masks, Post says. They have over 6,000 verified five-star reviews and are like an "energy drink" for your eyes, since they help reduce puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles; brighten; and hydrate. Since they're made with real gold, they not only look like luxury, but also feel like it.
Dry shampoo can not only help extend the life of your hair between washes, but also it can give it some volume when styling. This top-rated version from the brand behind the bestselling Moroccanoil treatment helps balance brassiness in blonde hair, in addition to cleansing and providing UV-protective benefits.
For those with darker undertones in their hair, this version of Moroccanoil's dry shampoo breaks down just as easily, so you don't have to worry about visible residue or white patches in your hair.
Eyeglass lenses tend to get dirty throughout the day, and in this era of mask-wearing they might seem to fog up and collect dirt faster than ever. This handy tool makes keeping lenses clean an easy task without the hassle of carrying around a cloth wherever you go. It features two carbon microfiber cloths on each end that can wipe your lenses up to 500 times without damaging them — a technology that is also used by NASA to clean glass, according to the brand.
These simple cubes can change your life in a big way, Falik says. With these innovative battery-operated blocks, you don't need to use your phone as a distracting timer. Simply toss the cube like a die and let it decide for how long you'll need to focus on a task, read a few pages of a book or take a screen break for before returning to work.
If grocery shopping isn't time-consuming enough, cooking the actual meal might feel like even more of a chore. Falik recommends these tray dividers for anyone looking to cut down on time spent in the kitchen, since they can help streamline the process. The food-grade silicone dividers can be used in a half-sheet pan or any pan you likely already have in your cabinet and feature rimmed handles for easy removal, so you don't have to worry about overcooking any item on the tray. Falik also says it's great for families with picky eaters or those with dietary restrictions, too.
Whether you want to make breakfast prep easier or keep snacks easily accessible throughout the day, these nifty food dispensers can help make it happen. Not only are they functional (they can keep food fresh for up to 34 days at a time), but also they can instantly make any pantry look organized and Instagram worthy. Falik loves that it helps portion control and can also help kids be more self-sufficient in the mornings.
The trunk of your car might be a catch-all space during the school year, but with this bestselling solution, it can at least be an organized one. With three main compartments for storage plus multiple mesh pockets, there's more than enough room to keep all of your essentials. It also features reinforced base plates to keep it upright and the compartments are water resistant and leakproof, so you don't have to worry about spills.
After you finish chopping, all it takes is the squeeze of the handle to transform this cutting board into a chute. For the home cook, it is a simple tool that can make at least one step of the meal prep process just slightly easier. This green version is perfect for small pots and pans and is also dishwasher safe for easy care.
"What's for dinner?" will no longer be a question with this convenient notepad. You can easily stick it on the fridge so that everyone in your home knows exactly what will be on the "menu" that day, no questions asked. It also features a slot for a grocery list, so you can add what you need throughout the week to it.
For stubborn stains, a little extra elbow grease might be needed to restore your favorite shirt or pair of pants to pristine condition. This gentle silicone brush can be used to scrub everything from shirts and sneakers to pans, without damaging your belongings.
Blue light from your phone, laptop and other devices can not only wreak havoc on your skin, but also is believed to keep you awake for longer at night. These affordable screen protectors are designed for all kinds of devices (even gaming systems) and can help reduce the strain on your eyes from screens throughout the day.
This ergonomic cup holder is designed to prevent spills as you recline and unwind, but it can also be used to hold your phone, TV remote and more. Though it works best on armrests, you can also place it between seat cushions or over the backrest on couches or chairs to hold your belongings too.