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The Best Back-to-School Gear and Tips

Best backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles and lunch bags

Published on: July 28, 2022


The four essentials

School supply lists are pretty darn specific these days, as in “five packs of 12 Ticonderoga No. 2 wooden pencils.” But the world is your oyster when it comes to the four essentials: backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles and lunch bags. Here are our picks for the best gear for kids in pre-K through early elementary school. Our criteria: It needs to be easy to clean, easy for little hands and not cost a fortune (because it will get forgotten somewhere).

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