Back to School Shopping List.

back to school shopping list | what to buy for a new school termHave you started buying this year’s school uniform for your children yet? Back to school shopping can be a real headache, particularly if you tend to leave it to the last-minute. Often sizes and styles are no longer available, leading to disappointment and frustration. Sometimes uniform shopping has to be organised well in advance to ensure it arrives in time for September, particularly embroidered or specialist uniform from a specific outlet.

Buying the kid’s school uniform early-ish and being prepared for the kids to go back to school in September is advisable, nobody wants to be stressed over the 6 weeks’ holiday.

School uniform and supplies – what to buy for school checklist

Use our back to school shopping list to ensure you don’t forget to buy all the essential items your child will need for the new school year.

Back to School Shopping List

General items

  • Name labels and stickers
  • School bag
  • Sports bag
  • Book bag
  • Lunch box and flask
  • Foreign language dictionary
  • Dictionary


  • Pens
  • Fountain pen
  • Highlighter pen
  • Pencils
  • Pencil case
  • Mathematics set
  • Calculator
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Paper / pads
  • Folders
  • Homework diary / planner
  • USB flash drive(s)
  • Text books
  • Exercise book covers

School Uniform

  • Blazer
  • Badge for blazer
  • Shirt / blouse / polo shirt
  • Summer dress / pinafore
  • School tie
  • Jumper / cardigan / fleece
  • Skirt
  • Trousers
  • Socks / tights
  • Underwear


  • School shoes
  • Trainers
  • Wellies
  • Specialist sports footwear – football boots, hockey boots, Astroturf trainers, etc.


  • PE kit
  • Sports equipment – tennis racket, hockey stick, shin pads, gloves, etc.

Keeping Clean

  • Painting shirt / overall

Keeping Warm and Dry

  • Jacket / coat
  • Waterproofs
  • Hat, scarf and gloves
  • Umbrella

Sun Protection

  • Sun cream
  • Sun hat


  • Coordinating hair accessories

Hopefully, our back to school shopping list will help you remember everything you’ll need to buy for when the children go back to school in September.

Of course, not everything on the list is essential or required for all students.

Can you think of anything else?

Is there something you always forget to buy or can you think of anything else to add to the list? If so, add your thoughts in the comments box below and I will update the back to school shopping list for other parents to refer to.