Backpack Essentials for Returning to School

backpack essentials

With schools returning across the country, students find themselves repacking their bags in preparation for in-person instruction. But, with it being almost a year since they’ve been in a school building, they may be asking themselves: what are some backpack essentials I need for everyday learning? In today’s blog, we’ll go over the must-have items every student needs to get through the school day.

Backpack Essentials

Here is a list of items we recommend having:

The Backpack

The most important essential is the bag itself. You want to have something that can easily store all your supplies, and is comfortable and easy to carry. Of course, it’s a skill to not over-pack. If you’re prone to stuffing as much as you can in your bag, consider getting a smaller size to avoid straining your back and shoulders. 


This includes all notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, and erasers. Personally, I would recommend putting sheets of loose paper into a binder. Not only will it save space in the your backpack but you can also transfer them to an “at home” binder at the end of the day. It also gives you the choice to use different ruler lines (college-ruled vs square) for different classes. What’s more, not all schools allow the use of electronic devices to take notes. Plus, doodling is known to help with concentration especially during slow days. 

Scientific Calculator & Textbooks

If you take math or a science, you definitely need a scientific calculator. But, in terms of textbooks, here’s a tip: take a photo/photos of the pages you’ll need for homework/studying that night. That way you can leave your textbook in your locker — especially handy when you have too many books to fit in your backpack.


Planners or Journals are a great way to keep track of your schedule and what assignments are due when. Bullet Journals allow for the most personalisation and can be completely catered to your organisational needs. 

Miscellaneous Items

Here are some items that are small but essential for you backpack:

About the Author

Lydia B.

Lydia B.

Lydia is a Gooroo Courses Tutor at Gooroo, a tutoring membership and online learning platform that matches students to tutors perfect for them based on their unique learning needs. Gooroo offers math, English, ESL, Spanish tutoring, and more.