Back to School Necessities- High School- Accessories
When I was in elementary school, back-to-school shopping was the most exciting part of August. I would wait anxiously for the all-important list of needed school supplies to arrive in the mail, and then rush out the door with my parents to load shopping carts with binders, paper, sparkly rulers and folders emblazoned with cute puppies. All that blank paper, all those fresh supplies, added up to endless potential.
As a teenager, I began to see more potential in cute outfits and trendy shoes than in Lisa Frank branded pencils, and back to school shopping remained just as important. Being fully prepared for high school before the school year starts takes a lot of the stress out of entering new classes, and navigating new friends.
L.L. Bean backpacks come in a wide variety of colors and designs (I've included solid color and patterned bags above) and they can also be personalized with your initials- helpful since L.L. Bean is so common. The backpacks have one large main pocket, a smaller secondary pocket, and then 3 pockets on the front. I found these divisions helpful for organization, as I could keep my books in the main pocket, my lunch in the second big pocket, and then my pencils, pens, phone, etc, in the front pockets.
Bento, the Japanese style of packing compact, colorful, healthy lunches in compartmentalized boxes, is also catching on in popularity. Bento lunches are beautifully arranged, and can appeal to even the pickiest eater. They are also meant to be visually appealing and quick to pack. In comparison to the greasy pizza and cold hamburgers that school cafeterias often serve, the bento option seems better for both the mind and the body. The bento box above has organized compartments of different sizes, and two layers, and the following website has FAQ's about bento and recipe ideas: http://lunchinabox.net/faq/#FAQ1.
For those who don't want to bring their own lunch, it's important to have a wallet of some kind so that you don't have to worry about losing your money. Target has a good selection of cheap wallets- just make sure you pick something durable, with fabric that won't tear right away. Leather or fake leather is best, but can be a bit more expensive than cloth. Also, for high school students that don't have to worry about carrying around a lot of credit cards and receipts, it's probably most convenient to get a small wallet.
These days, as more and more kids get their own mp3 players and iPods, a lot of people like to listen to music during lunch. The white iPod earbuds are probably the cheapest, but they make a huge variety of colors. I like how the ones above have a thin rubber coating, so they're more comfortable than the ones that are just plastic.
Protecting and personalizing your laptop
Lanyards are also incredibly useful, especially once you start to drive. Lots of guys get ones with sports logos, or you many schools sell them as fundraisers.
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