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First Day of School Checklist of Supplies

Follow This Mom’s Guide for the Easiest First Day of School Ever

Preparing for the first day of school is a big deal for both students and parents. We've partnered with Target to make this annual milestone a little easier.

For a kid, the first day of school is like starting a new job. You have a new boss (teacher) to impress, new co-workers (classmates), and a whole new agenda to get used to. But first days can be stress-free if students are prepared and feeling good about themselves. That’s where back-to-school shopping comes in — here’s how to shop like a pro for the key items kids need to make the first day a cinch.



First things first: you need some new closet staples and the all-important first-day outfit. Leggings are a perfect, easy go-to since they are comfortable and colorful. (Later they take Fall and Spring pieces into Winter by adding a layer of warmth — bonus.

Get the look: Teal Leggings, Pencil Leggings, Cat Leggings



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A backpack is on display daily and holds a kid’s world within its zippers. As long as it’s practically sized and has the storage they need, let your student pick the one they love the most — they’re carrying it all the time!

Get the look: Trans by JanSport Black SuperMax Backpack, Embark Crystalized Green Backpack, Embark Rock Garden Backpack




Graphic tees let kids express their fandoms, personalities, and individual style. Pick out a few that help your student wear elements of their identity front and center — you never know what friends may meet over a shared love of space, animals, or pop culture.

Get the look: Boys' Slow Jams Graphic Short Sleeve T-Shirt


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Socks with patterns and slogans in bold tones always keep students looking stylish in a low-key way.

Get the look: Girls’ Socks




Fashion risks aren’t everyone’s cup of tea on day one, but having a couple of bright and fun accessories on hand can add some creativity to a traditional look. A variety of headbands let a kid experiment with different accent colors.

Get the look: Girls' 3 Pack Headband Set


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In the world where pens and pencils are your lifeline, you’ll need a cool pencil case that will keep the ink-and-lead neat and organized. Pop it in a backpack on Day One and it becomes one more accessory that speaks to their taste and personality.

Get the look: Cat & Jack Stripe Pencil Case




Don’t forget to pick up some patches, zipper charms, and pins to add to backpacks or jackets. They’re a playful and affordable way to add instant style and tell the world even more about how awesome they are.

Get the look: Yoobi-Moji Zipper Charms, Yoobi Spaced Out AdhesivePatches


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Jeans are a classic, and pulling on a pair makes anyone instantly pulled together and ready to go — they are a never-fail first day piece.

Get the look: Boys' Knit Dark Wash Skinny Jeans, Girls' Super Skinny Patched Jeans

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