Best Back to School Shopping for Students and Their Parents


It’s hard to believe I have a senior in high school and next year I will be on the search for dorm friendly products.  Well, I must confess I have started seeking some items that are great for the college student as well as most teens and their parents. 

Let’s face it, parents, we need some new ammunition too as we head into a new school year. Make back to school shopping fun by picking up these back to school supplies beyond pencils and paper. 

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Best Back to School Shopping for Students and Their Parents


The newest update to this list of back to school supplies, especially those headed to college or in person classes are masks.  You cant have enough but you also want ones that are comfortable and in this case versitale. 


 Hoo-Rag makes  a tubular face bandana which has become really popular due to everything going on in the world.  They are not knew to the face mask business, they have been around for about 10 years but there’s definitely  a lot more people using them now. We have hundreds of patterns and also
make a kids sized version with fun patters on them as well.

hoo rag


Bed Pillows

Let’s face it no matter what your age or year in school, getting a good night sleep is a must.  I have not found a pillow that I either don’t have to constantly change position sleeping on or wake up with a sore neck.

Say goodbye to those flat pillows that keep you from getting a good night sleep.  Check out the revolutionary  GX Suspension Pillow™! 

Amazing Pillow Design Helps with Sleep!

With the clever installation of ‘double X’ internal ties combined with hypoallergenic hollow fiber filling, The Gx Suspension Pillow™ is the first of its kind to retain much more of its plumped shape all night long!

The Gx Suspension Pillow™ features:
• Revolutionary design – first of its kind pillow!
• Internal support design that creates a comfortable cradling of the head!
• Helps to eliminate neck and shoulder aches and pains!
• 100% cotton shell
• Filled with a hypoallergenic down alternative for uber support!


Coffee is the Answer

Getting on a schedule again after a lazy summer requires a little more caffeine throughout the day.  This is great for the college student as well.

Capresso Froth Select

Frothy hot chocolate using chips, chunks, syrup or powder is super delicious while studying or after playing outside on a cold day.

Any coffee drinker will save tons of cash with the Café quality frothed milk•

  • 16-oz for frothing, 20-oz heating
  • Removable pitcher, dishwasher safe
  • One-button operation
  • Illuminated control

Zassenhaus Hot & Cold Brew Infuser

Cold Brew coffee is expensive, every mom or college student who wants to save money and not have to go to a coffee shop to get that cold brew coffee we crave. (this is pictured without the filter)

Zassenhaus Hot & Cold Brew Infuser  

For cold brew coffee, coffee concentrate and pour-over coffee•

  • Includes 34-oz. glass serving carafe
  • Micro-fine etched stainless steel filter

Back to School Lunches

Back to school means many of us will be packing lunches. Here are some items that you may want to include to make life easier and environmentally friendly. 

Noku Neat Stack Food Jars

Kids get tired of sandwiches and sometimes want something warm like soup or noodles.  You will be confident they are eating a warm meal at school with these Double wall design Zoku Neat Stack Food Jar that keeps food hot or cold for hours

  • Easy-to-open small diameter lid
  • Wide mouth opening for easy access& cleaning
  • Textured band for a comfortable grip
  • Vacuum-insulated 18/8 stainless steel•$17.99 (10 oz.) or $19.99 (16 oz.)

Zoku Pocket Straw• Save a turtle by using a reusable straw.

Zoku Pocket Straw.  They are  Collapsible, reusable 18/8 stainless steel straw•

  • Silicone mouthpiece
  • Easy to clean & dishwasher safe
  • Extends up to 9 inches
  • •Telescopes to 4 inches for storage and easy carrying
  • •Protective case & cleaning straw


Kids are always starving after school.  While it’s still warm at the beginning of the school year, make some homemade ice pops with healthy low sugar juices. 

Zoku Flamingo Ice Pop Molds

One stackable tray with four ice pop molds each, four sticks and a cover
•Easy to remove–simply twist the tray

Happy hour for parents

How much fun would you be if you served your mom friends a cocktail with these ice cubes?  Any fancy bar you go to now have some sort of special ice cube in their specialty drinks. 

Zoku Party Ice Tray

•Flexible silicone molds, for serving up playful messages with big ice

•Easy to remove the ice–no rinsing required

•Four oversized ice rectangles from each mold

Back to School Shopping  FOR THE DORM ROOM

If you have a child going to college or maybe having their first small apartment, then you need to stock them up with these dorm room essentials.

An Electric Water Kettle

College kids can serve up tea, instant coffee, hot cocoa or noodles in a cup in minutes with this Capresso mini kettle.   It is not only compact but portable that they can carry it to their friend’s dorm room too.

  • 16-oz capacity is perfect for small kitchens, offices, and travel
  • Eliminates water waste by boiling only what you need
  • Micro filter spout traps any particles before they reach the cup ensuring the purest serving
  • Illuminated indicator light shows when the kettle is heating

I remember my mini coffee maker when I moved into my first dorm.  Wow, have things improved. 

Isn’t this Capresso 5 Cup Mini Drip Coffee Maker adorable?  All Capresso coffee makers brew coffee in less than one minute per cup which means the coffee will never be over-extracted or bitter.

  • Quickly brews 5-cups (25-oz) of coffee
  • Glass carafe features brew-through lid, drip-free pouring spout, and an ergonomic handle
  • Easy-to-clean permanent filter eliminates the need for paper filters
  • 24-hour programmable clock/timer with easy-to-read LCD display

MINI STOCKPOT WITH GLASS LID comes in handy if your student has a small kitchenette in their dorm.  They can make a small portion of pasta or a can of soup and not worry about needing more storage space. This Küchenprofi USA mini stockpot is a high quality product made of 18/8 Stainless Steel, Suitable for all Cooktops and comes with a Vented Glass Lid

Bedding for College

Dorm rooms can be warm and your student may not have control over the temps.  Surprise them and send them a Therapedic Reversible Weighted Cooling Throw.

With the Therapedic Reversible Weighted Cooling Throw, you can keep warm and cozy. This 10-pound reversible weighted blanket is comprised of 100% rayon made from bamboo and offers a contemporary yet modern look that is sure to match any decor.  It is heavier than we expected but it definitely makes you feel comfy. 

  • Cooling for a deeper sleep
  • 100% rayon made from bamboo
  • Spot clean only
  • 10 lb. weighted throw
  • Available in navy, grey and taupe colors. Measures 60″ W x 50″ L. MSRP: $99.99. 

ChargeHub HomeBase Power Bank Docking Station

If you have a house of teens then you probably have issues with people fighting for the charging station or low batteries.  Now no one has the excuse that their cell died so they couldn’t call you thanks to the ChargeHub HomeBase Power Bank Docking Station.

Also, be prepared during Hurricane season by having a battery backup for your cell when you lose electricity.

  • 4000 mAh powerbanks let you refuel devices on the go. Powerbanks can charge on the dock or someplace else using the micro USB cable.
  • Powerbanks are made with durable aluminum and have a built-in LED flashlight.
  • The charging station has slots to refuel each powerbank. USB output lets you charge an additional device.
  • Storage drawer makes it easy to keep your cables together.
  • Includes 4 powerbanks, 2 micro-USB cables and a lightning cable.

Best Back to School Items for Kids and Their Parents

Make going back to school easier with these few Back to school items for kids and for parents. This does contain affiliate links.

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