Don't let them start the school year without these 5 essentials

School holidays are almost over and the long weekend is the perfect time to do any and all last-minute back to school shopping, instore and online.

Following on from our shopping guide to equipping your kids for the new school year, we’ve got five more items they’ll need before the first day of term arrives.

Then all you have to do is wave them goodbye and try not to cry over how fast they’re growing.

Soon they'll be teenagers!


For their new Solus range of sustainable daypacks, Kathmandu has really taken the Scouts “be prepared” motto and run with it.

Made to suit a variety of purposes and adventures, the Solus Pack is perfect for school. It has book sleeves, secure inner compartments for keeping things safe and is big enough to fit a laptop. Kids of all ages will love its vibrant colour options and its comfy padded back.

Backpack, backpack!


Great for anxious kids and parents alike, the TCL Movietime Family Watch helps you stay connected with your children when you’re apart.

Its many features include video calling, texting and photo-sharing, and inbuilt geofencing and geolocation let you know exactly where they are at all times. It does most things a mobile phone can do, but it’s attached to them so they can’t drop it or leave it on the bus.

Soothing the anxieties of parents everywhere.

Socks and undies

This may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget the basics.

To help your kids start the school year right, Bonds has taken 30% off kids socks, undies and other essentials including crop tops, bras, singlets and tights. Plus, you’ll find more deals on a selection of t-shirts and trackies on their website.

The most important items of all.

School shoes

Start your kids off on the right foot with Skechers Back to School shoe range.

The simple, no-fuss footwear comes in a variety of styles, at prices that won’t break the bank or your heart. All shoes are fitted with Air Cooled Memory Foam insoles to keep little feet happy no matter what they’re doing.

Here's hoping they don't grow out of them in a week.

Personalised labels

Personalisation is big right now, especially with kids. From hats to diaries, they love seeing their names and initials on their stuff.

Treat your children to fun name stickers from Nerida Hansen Fabrics. They can go on lunchboxes, drink bottles, books, pencils - pretty much anything - and there are quirky iron-on labels too. Plus, they’ve just released new name labels from an ongoing collaboration with May Gibbs. See the bottom picture.

Can we have them too?

If only these were around when we were kids.

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