10 Back to School Essentials Every Student Needs

10 Back to School Essentials Every Student Needs

The return to in-person classes this school year may be a significant adjustment for students who have been engaged in primarily virtual learning during the coronavirus pandemic. While many students will be returning to campus, some may opt for hybrid learning and meet in-person only a few times a week. 

To ease your transition back to school, here is a list of 10 back to school essentials you need for in-person and remote learning.


As Covid-19 cases continue to spike, many schools will still require masks. Search online or in stores near you for disposable and reusable cloth masks.

Hand Sanitizer

Now more than ever, it’s a good idea to have some germ killers handy, especially if you can’t wash your hands in between classes. You can find hand sanitizers everywhere: Amazon, Target and even your local grocery store.

Coffee Mug

For all the coffee lovers out there, start your day off right with this reusable mug. Great for everyday use, this eco-friendly mug is made from stainless steel and holds just enough coffee to get you through the day. And if you need to take it on the go, you won’t have to worry about lukewarm coffee because this mug features double wall vacuum insulation to keep your drinks hot for up to 10 hours.


If you’re still sitting at the kitchen table, it’s time for an upgrade. This sleek desk is easy to assemble and better for you ergonomically. Available in a number of sizes and colors, having a dedicated desk for Zoom classes and homework will leave you with fewer distractions and better productivity.

Comfortable Chair

It’s important that you’re sitting in a comfortable chair that provides proper lumbar and pelvic support because the wrong chair will result in back pain and bad posture. So invest in a quality chair to protect your back and prevent long-term injuries.

Noise-Canceling Headphones

Concentration is important when distance learning. Whether you have a full day of Zoom classes, want to listen to music or tune out the many distractions, these wireless headphones are an ideal choice to help you get work done.


If people have difficulty hearing you during your Zoom classes, enhance your audio with this external microphone. It connects to your computer and laptop via USB, and features noise-canceling technology to reduce background noise and echo.

Desk Lamp

No one likes a poorly lit workspace. If you’re pulling all-nighters to get an assignment done, this multifunctional desk lamp gives you just enough light so you can work through the night. It can also charge two devices at the same time, through the 5W wireless charger and the USB charging port. 


If you haven’t made the switch to a digital planner and enjoy writing on paper, this planner is for you. It has pages for you to jot down your short and long-term goals in each area of your life, as well as a monthly, weekly and daily agenda to keep you on track. 

Reusable Water Bottle

Whether you’re returning to campus or not, always remember to stay hydrated throughout the day. This stainless steel water bottle features a wide mouth so you can fit ice cubes into it, and makes refilling and cleaning easy. The included air-tight screw on lid comes with a metal carrying handle, which makes trekking your bottle across campus effortless.