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24 School Essentials Most People Forget to Buy

We searched high and low for these under-the-radar, but totally necessary school essentials—because you need a lot more than three-ring binders and pencils to kick the school year off right.

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01_The-xone-school-supply-you'll-all-benefit-fromvia amazon.com

The one school supply you'll all benefit from

After you're done loading your shopping cart with the best back-to-school sales and discounts, you're going to want to add this TP-Link AC1200 WiFi Range Extender to your list. Teens will be able to duck into the far corners of your home to finish their science projects with Internet access in peace, and college-age roommates will never fight over which bedroom has better WiFi again.

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02_New-year,-new-eyesvia zennioptical.com

New year, new eyes

Add a pair (or a few) of new glasses from Zenni Optical to your back to school shopping list, because every parent knows kids tend to lose, break, or damage at least one pair a year. These frames happen to be less than the cost of a sandwich, too. You'll want to check out our list of tips to extend the life of your favorite glasses, too.

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03_Organic,-vegan,-and...affordable-via walmart.com

Organic, vegan, and...affordable?

We know—this sounds like one of those "circle the word that doesn't belong" homework assignments, but it's not. Hello Bello Organic Kids Multi-Vitamin Gummies are tasty, vegan, and shockingly affordable. It's the easy way to make sure your little ones are getting all their A's, B's, C's, and other important vitamins and minerals.

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04_A-better-way-to-print-book-reportsvia amazon.com

A better way to print book reports

Essays, book reports, and other important projects often still require hard copies turned in on time—and you'll need a new printer for that. Treat your honors-worthy learner to an Epson Eco Tank ET 2760 wireless, cartridge-free printer. It prints in color, scans, and copies in a breeze.

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05_Get-school-uniforms-brighter-than-evervia amazon.com

Get school uniforms brighter than ever

Keep crisp, white shirts just as clean-looking as the day you bought them with Lemi Shine Natural Washing Machine Cleaner. A clean laundry machine is the only way to fully rinse your best student's clothes free of dirt, grime, and sediment. It's one of the easiest ways to whiten your laundry without bleach.

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For-the-inevitable-cuts-and-scrapesvia cvs.com

For the inevitable cuts and scrapes

Your back-to-school list probably doesn't include wound care items, but if you're shopping for active kids, you'll want to add CVS Health Manuka Honey Wound Gel to your shopping cart. It's an easy, affordable way to use natural ingredients like active manuka honey (which has some pretty incredible benefits, by the way) to help keep your little one going without skipping a beat.

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07_Load-up-on-hair-clipsvia amaryllisapparel.com

Load up on hair clips

Every experienced long-haired student will tell you the same thing—you can never have enough hair ties, clips, and accessories to get you through the school year. Amaryllis sells tween, teen, and trend-setting adult hair accessories affordable enough to buy doubles of, so you won't have to stress about lost clips by the time the second semester arrives.

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08_Keep-teen-drivers-safevia amazon.com

Keep teen drivers safe

If they're driving themselves to and from class each day, you can remove a layer of stress by installing a wireless touch screen Nextbase Dash Cam in their car. It uses Amazon Alexa, WiFi, GPS, and emergency SOS technologies to keep drivers of all level safer on the road.

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09_Load-up-on-lip-balmsvia amazon.com

Load up on lip balms

Schools don't seem to realize how important lip balms can be as the weather gets crisp, because it's hard to focus on sounding out new words, class presentations, and raising your hand with the right answers if your mouth hurts. Try popping an eos Organic Lip Balm Sphere in each of their bags, cubbies, and lockers. They're an inexpensive way to keep them learning more comfortably.

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10_They'll-actually-put-these-sweatshirts-on-without-arguingvia amazon.com

They'll actually put these sweatshirts on without arguing

Every parent knows getting school-age kids to actually wear hoodies and jackets when the temperature dips can be near-impossible. Skip the arguments and backtalk with Cubcoats 2-in-1 Transforming Hoodies in designs they'll actually get excited to wear. They transform almost instantly from plush toys into playground-perfect zip-up hoodies and come in a variety of animal and character designs, and are easily one of the best Amazon products you'll use every day.

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