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2021 Back to School Supply List for Students of All Ages

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It’s the back to school time of year again. Summer is winding down, and it’s time for back to school shopping. After facing virtual learning and a variety of obstacles in 2020, Massachusetts schools are approved for full-time, in-person learning. As one of 20 states that have reached a 70% vaccination rate, officials are confident in the ability to maintain in-person learning. Although back-to-school shopping may be a dreaded task, both parents and students are looking forward to regaining the benefits of in-person learning this year. In the interest of simplifying your shopping trip and taking advantage of discounts and sales, it’s a good idea, to begin with the basics for your back-to-school supply list.

Feeling like you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we can help. This back-to-school supply list covers the basic essentials for students from preschool to college. Just scroll down to your child’s age group, and you’ll have your shopping done in no time.

New Essentials for Healthy Students of All Ages

While vaccinations show promising results, the pandemic has brought about a new normal that will likely play out for the school year. Large gatherings indoors require certain precautions, which mean students will need a few additional supplies to add to any back-to-school supply list.

  • Masks
  • Reusable Water Bottles (since water fountains likely won’t be available)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Extra School Supplies (because sharing can transmit germs)

Preschool and Kindergarten Back to School Supply List

  • Backpack
  • Pencil Box
  • #2 Pencils
  • 8 Pack of Crayons
  • Washable Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Blunt Tip Scissors
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Glue Sticks
  • Erasers
  • Plastic Folders
  • Lunch Box or Bag

Elementary School Back to School Supply List

Grades 1-3

  • Backpack
  • Headphones
  • Pencil Box
  • 3 Ring Binder
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • No. 2 Pencils/Mechanical Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Ballpoint Pens
  • Erasers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Washable Markers
  • Ruler
  • Blunt-Tipped Scissors
  • Pocket Folders
  • Assorted Construction Paper
  • Wide-Ruled Notebook or Pad
  • Index Cards
  • Tissues
  • Lunchbox or Lunch Bag

Grades 4 & 5

  • Backpack
  • Headphones
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Ballpoint Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Washable Markers
  • Comp Books
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Graph Paper
  • Subject Dividers
  • Index Cards
  • Pocket Folders
  • Glue Sticks
  • Erasers
  • Three-Ring Binder
  • Three-Hole-Punch
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Calculator
  • Lunch Box or Lunch bag
  • Protractor

Middle School Back to School Supply List

  • Backpack
  • Headphones
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Ballpoint Pens
  • Erasers
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Scissors
  • Personal Calendar
  • Pocket Folders
  • 3-Ring Binder
  • 3-Hole Punch
  • Index Cards
  • Subject Dividers
  • Comp Books
  • White-Out
  • Highlighters
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Graphing Calculator
  • Wide Ruled Loose-Leaf Paper
  • Graph Paper
  • Stapler
  • Locker Accessories
  • Combination Lock
  • Lunchbox or Lunch Bag

High School Back to School Supply List

  • Backpack
  • Laptop
  • Headphones
  • Graphing Calculator
  • Combination Lock
  • Mechanical Pencils and #2 Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Pens: Red, Blue, Black
  • Ruler
  • Pocket Folders
  • 3-Ring Binder
  • 3-hole punch
  • College Ruled Loose Leaf 3 Hole Paper
  • Comp Books
  • Sticky Notes
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Tabbed Dividers
  • Foreign language dictionary
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Stapler
  • Scissors

College Back to School Supply List

  • Heavy-Duty Backpack
  • Three-Ring Binder
  • Three-Hole-Punch
  • Loose-Leaf Paper
  • Comp Books
  • Tape
  • Graph Paper
  • Subject Dividers
  • Index Cards
  • Ballpoint pens
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Permanent Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Erasers
  • Plastic Folders
  • Scissors
  • Stapler and staples
  • Post-Its
  • White-Out
  • Personal Organizer/Planner
  • Graphing Calculator
  • Headphones
  • Printer
  • Computer Paper
  • Cleaning Supplies for Dorms

Dorm Furnishings

a back-to-school supply list for a college dorm includes all the basics.
Van loaded full of student’s possessions ready to move to college
  • Mattress Cover
  • Mattress Pad
  • Pillow
  • Sheets and Blankets
  • Mini Fridge
  • Trash Can
  • Desk Lamp
  • Alarm Clock
  • Extension Cords
  • Fan
  • Plastic Storage Bins
  • Shelving

Safe Transport

Planning for a new school year always brings backpacks and pencils to mind. Yet, it’s easy to forget about the extra miles your vehicle travels when school begins. Whether you’ll be navigating drop-off and pick-up lines, you have teens driving for the first time, or students traveling for college, getting your vehicle ready for the extra travel is essential.

Car Maintenance Checklist

Making sure your car is road-ready can mean the difference between a few minor costs and major repairs. It can also help you (or your new driver) avoid an accident. Use this checklist to make sure your car is in the best shape possible.

  • Check the oil level
  • Ensure lights and turn signals are working properly
  • Check your brakes and schedule service if they’re not in great shape
  • Inspect your tires
  • Check the wiper blades for wear and top of washer fluid
  • Test the battery
  • Top off fluids
  • Check the jack and spare tire
  • Schedule maintenance if needed

Proper Documentation

If the general busyness of life isn’t enough to make you forget essential tasks, the complete chaos of a pandemic could certainly set things off balance. If you forgot to renew your license in 2020 or the spring of 2021, you probably aren’t alone. Since many offices have been forced to depend on virtual services, your registration and insurance documents might also need a refresh. After making sure your driver’s license and registration are up to date, it’s time to take a look at your auto insurance policies.

If you skipped your annual insurance review or your lifestyle has changed, your auto insurance policy probably needs an update to reflect these changes. There are many reasons your insurance needs can change. For instance, if you have a teen who just got a learner’s permit, you can add a new driver to the policy right away. Similarly, if your teen recently upgraded to fully licensed status, you should also talk to your insurance provider. Other reasons your car insurance needs can change include moving to a new home or starting a different job. These changes usually mean a change in your travel habits, which can affect your insurance.

Get Your Student Ready for the New Year With This Back to School Supply List

Getting the kids ready to get back to school isn’t as hard as you thought when you have access to handy back-to-school supply lists for every age. However, getting all the supplies you need can be expensive. Check out this list if you need assistance purchasing school supplies, clothes, backpacks, tech, and other gear. While you might end up needing some additional supplies when school begins, grabbing the basics right now will help you be prepared.

Getting back into a regular routine can be chaotic at first, but it’s important to make sure that everyone will be safe during the new school year. If you’re unsure about your auto insurance needs, looking for a change, or need new coverage, get in touch with the independent insurance agents at LoPriore Insurance. We work with a variety of insurance companies to provide insurance that fits your lifestyle.

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