Your Back-To-School Checklist Brought to you by Sporting Life

It’s almost time to head back to school and that means it’s time to stock up on everything your kids need to start the year off right. To take the guesswork out of shopping for all the essentials, we’ve pulled together a list of the top brands and products kids of all ages will need to make this school year a success.

Water Bottles

This year, as refillable water stations are installed across schools to allow access to safe drinking water, reusable water bottles will be at the top of every parent’s back to school checklist. Help your kids stay hydrated with a few of our top options.

Nike – HyperFuel Water Bottle (24 Oz) – This water bottle will take you from gym class to an after-school run with style! It’s also BPA-free and dishwasher safe for a quick clean-up.

Hydro Flask – Kids’ Wide Mouth Insulated Bottle (12 Oz) – This mini Hydro Flask is sized perfectly for your little one. It has an easy-sip straw and double-wall vacuum insulation to keep water cool for up to 24 hours.

Yeti – Rambler® 18 Oz Bottle With Chug Cap – You can’t go wrong with a Yeti Rambler! It has a dishwasher-safe spout for a controlled sip, or you can remove the whole cap when you’re ready to crush your drink or refill it.


Choosing the right backpack can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. There are tons of options that will work whether you have a little one heading to kindergarten, or you’re a college student who needs something trendy and functional.

Herschel Supply – Nova Youth Backpack – This backpack is designed for children ages five and older. It has tons of features including, a 13″ laptop sleeve, mesh water bottle pocket, a removable sternum support strap and a front storage pocket with a key clip.

Champion – Manuscript Backpack – Keep it casual with this canvas backpack by Champion. If you have your backpack on for long periods of time, you’ll love the adjustable straps and padded, air mesh back panel that will keep you cool and comfortable.

JanSport – Right Pack Backpack – This classic JanSport backpack has the signature suede leather bottom, an internal 15-inch laptop sleeve and a handle on the top for an additional carrying option.

Lunch Bags and Storage

Get back into the routine of packing a lunch with these lunch storage options.JanSport – Lunch Break Bag – The Lunch Break Bag is made from 600D PES which is water-resistant and durable. Plus, the insulated interior will help keep your lunch hot or cold until you’re ready to eat!

Herschel Supply – Pop Quiz™ Lunch Box – This lunch box from Herschel Supply has an insulated main compartment and a front storage sleeve with a waterproof zipper. You can grab it in black or one of the fun prints.

Thermos – FUNtainer® Insulated Food Jar (290 ML) – Keep your lunch hot or cold with this vacuum-insulated Food Jar.  It’s the perfect size for a morning snack like yogurt and berries, or a small side of soup.

Hand Sanitizer and Masks

Safety is more important than ever as we move into a new school year. Here are some personal protective essentials you can use to help make a smooth (and germ free!) transition back into the classroom.Sun Bum – Baby Bum Hand Sanitizer – Send the kids to school with this no-rinse antibacterial spray that kills 99.9% of germs. It doesn’t use harsh chemicals and includes fruit extracts for a pleasant scent.

Wild Republic – Kids’ Wild Smiles Unicorn Face Mask – This Wild Smiles Face Mask is sure to brighten everyone’s day while keeping them safe. It covers from nose to chin and has soft ear straps.

Do-Gree – Unisex Solid Face Mask – This sleek, reusable face mask is breathable and ultra-soft. It comes in four different colours, including black, pink, grey and light heather grey.

Check off these items and more by shopping our back to school guide here.