BCL Beautiful Things We're Glad Someone Made—Back to School 2018

Image by  S Barr

Image by S Barr

Back-to-school season is upon us, and it’s hard to miss! Walk into any store right now and you’ll be greeted by bright displays of all things school supplies. Whether you’re in school, have kids who are, or just need to gear up for a productive fall, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite back-to-school supplies to help you survive the next semester of life.

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1. PhoneSoap Phone Sanitizer

Back to school also means back to fighting the common cold that loves to spread when everyone goes from summer fun into enclosed spaces. Help keep your phone clean and germ-free with this UV light phone sanitizer. Buy at Amazon for $59.95.

2. Sticky Notes

Who says desk supplies have to be boring? These whimsical sticky notes will bring a smile to your face and are perfect for slipping little notes into lunchboxes and briefcases. Buy at Amazon for $12.

3. MOSISO Laptop Sleeve Bag with Small Case

Add a little swag to your school day and keep your device protected and essentials organized at the same time with this fun sleeve bag. It also comes with a coordinated small case for your mouse/ear phones/charger/etc. The eye-catching patterned cover helps prevent accidentally leaving your laptop behind as well. Buy at Amazon for $11.99.

4. Madewell Mini Lorimer Leather Backpack

Madewell Mini Lorimer available at Nordstrom

Madewell Mini Lorimer available at Nordstrom


Back to school doesn’t mean the summer fun has to end. This sized-down backpack is perfect for weekend outings where you want to have your hands free and still look sleek. Buy at Nordstrom for $158.

5. EtcBuys 6 in 1 Multi-Tool Pen

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Phillips screwdriver + stylus + ruler + leveler + flat head screwdriver + pen = the last pen you’ll ever need. You’ll be prepared for whatever this fall throws at you with the Etcbuys stylus multi-tool pen. We love that it comes in a pack of two, one for you and one to give away! Buy at Amazon for $10.99.

6. F in Exams Book

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Test anxiety? Let loose a little with this hilarious book celebrating the creative side of failure. With 250 comical true-life responses to common test questions, this book is a great way to shake those pre-exam jitters. Buy at Uncommon Goods for $8.50.

7. Flashdrive with Micro USB for Phones

Considering our phones are basically mini-computers nowadays, this 64 GB flash drive with a micro USB connector (in non-geek speak: plugs into your phone) makes transferring files from your laptop to your smartphone a breeze! You can also use it for extra storage to save your phone’s internal memory. Buy at Amazon for $19.75.

8. YETI Insulated Tumbler

Early mornings getting yourself (and/or everyone else in the house) ready to go make having transportable caffeine a necessity. This YETI 20 oz. insulated tumbler keeps your favorite drink hot or cold while the MagSlider lid keeps spills from ruining your day (and clothes!). Even better, it fits in standard sized cup holders to make your morning commute a little more bearable. Buy at Amazon for $74.99.

9. Plan Ahead Monthly Planner

If your life revolves around the school calendar, this monthly planner is perfect for you. It begins in August 2018 and features a clean layout to help you stay focused on what’s coming up next. Buy at Amazon for $21.

10. Astrobrights Color Paper

No matter your age, this colorful notebook paper makes taking notes more fun and color-codable! With choices like Luna Blue, Cosmic Orange, and Rocket Red, these pages are guaranteed to brighten up your day. Buy at Amazon for $15.99.

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