It never feels like it’s time to go back to school, but as the summer draws to a close it’s time to start thinking about the new school term. We know it can be challenging when getting them ready for the year ahead. With so many options available it’s easy to get stressed out when it comes to deciding what gear to buy them. However, fear not as help is at hand as we have compiled a list of 5 back to school essentials that will help them get the year off to a flying start.
One of the most important decisions you will make when choosing their uniform is their new school jacket. It will have to last them all year and there are many different styles available, it’s easy to get confused. However, we would recommend that you stick with a waterproof jacket.
The weather, especially here in the UK, can be unpredictable at the best of times and making sure they are properly prepared is a must. A waterproof jacket is an excellent option for all-year round use as they can be worn in most types of weather. In order for a jacket to be deemed as waterproof it must be waterproof to 2,000mm and feature taped seams. Seams which have been taped over stop any external moisture from leaking in through the tiny holes created by the stitching, helping to create a watertight structure.
Another choice of jacket which we would recommend is a 3 in 1 jacket. These styles of jackets consist of a fleece or inner jacket and a tough outer jacket that can be worn together or separately. Again, look out for a shell that is waterproof and a fleece that will keep them warm. Here at Trespass, the fleeces featured within our 3 in 1 jackets often have been made using Airtrap fibres that help lock in heat, so it doesn’t evaporate at the surface, therefore keeping them well insulated.
Remember it’s all about comfort at the end of the day so make sure they try it on before they go back. Also, if the style of jacket you have chosen has adjustable features make sure you use them as will help them achieve the best fit even as they grow. If you do decide to buy a waterproof jacket please ensure you follow the care instructions properly as it really will help to prolong the life of the coat and get them through the school year and beyond.
When picking their school bag, making sure it has enough space for their books, notepads and lunch is essential. Keep an eye out for backpacks with spacious compartments as not only does it give them plenty of room but also allows them to organise their kit more for easy retrieval. Another feature to look at when selecting a bag is to make sure the zips are sturdy so everything is safely stowed away and isn’t at risk of falling out.
Padded shoulders are also another feature to look out for as it will help them to carry the weight of the bag a lot easier. If they are walking to school or having to carry their bag between classes, padded shoulders will help prevent sore shoulders making them more comfortable throughout the school year.
A pair of comfy shoes are a must-have for the new school year. Whether they are walking to or from school, a pair of sturdy yet easy to wear shoes will help them get through the day and year without having to worry about sore feet distracting them.
Firstly, we would always recommend that you let them try them on before you decide to buy. Different styles of shoes will fit differently on so it’s important to remember that as you don’t want to have a last minute dash to the shops to find them shoes.
Another feature to take into consideration is the material and thickness of the soles. You want something which will last them the entire school year so we would suggest that you look out for a thick rubber sole. Rubber is a durable material that can withstand regular use and also provides good grip making it great for year-round wear. Furthermore, check the material of the actual body of the shoe. Leather or PU is a great option as it’s a hardwearing material that, again, can be worn regularly without falling victim to wear and tear if cared for correctly.
Another piece of footwear you should consider getting for them starting back to school is a pair of gym shoes. One thing to remember is to pick a pair of gym shoes that are suitable for where their gym class is held, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Depending on the type of surface they are on and the activities they are doing, they will need shoes that will provide them with both grip and comfort. Also, only certain styles of shoes are allowed to be worn if their class is being held inside so make sure you double check with your child’s school before the school year starts.
When spending a day at school, you’ll want to make sure they are have a good lunch to give them the fuel they need to get through the rest of the day, so a lunchbox is a back to school essential. Make sure it’s got enough space for all their favourite snacks but doesn’t take up too much room in their bag.
Furthermore, you should also check that it can be securely locked as you don’t want anything to fall out into their bag or for anything to leak through the seal, causing their school books or PE kit to become wet.
Finally, when getting your little one prepared for the new term, we would recommend a fleece to help round off their uniform. A fleece can be worn in warmer weather as a light jacket or by underneath a jacket making it a versatile piece of clothing they can wear throughout the year.
Firstly, fleeces come in various thicknesses and weights which are important to bear in mind when making your selection. Furthermore, you do get styles of fleeces that are made up of heat retaining materials, like Airtrap fibres. We would suggest that you get them to try it on with their school jacket to make sure it’s comfortable to wear and doesn’t restrict them in terms of movement.
Also, if they plan on wearing the fleece on a daily basis, look out for styles that are anti-pilling as this will help to stop the material from bobbling and losing its look over time. Again, making sure you follow the washing instructions will help the fleece to last longer so they get more wear from it.
It can be daunting when it comes to getting them ready for the term ahead, especially if they are going into their first year. With so many bits and pieces to get, it’s easy to forget something but don’t worry you won’t be the only one. We hope that our list of 5 Back to School Essentials will help you prepare your little one for the school year ahead.