The top 10 back-to-school supplies to buy at Walmart
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Summer is quickly coming to a close—which means it's time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping. Whether your child will be returning to the classroom or doing remote learning this fall, they'll need some new supplies for the year ahead. And one of the best places to shop for said supplies is Walmart, where you can find a variety of essentials at affordable prices. To help you and your student stock up, we've rounded up the top 10 school supplies you can buy at Walmart below, from the best laptop we've tested to everyone's favorite pencils.
1. These colorful gel pens
Take it from someone who writes for a living—these are hands down the best pens I have ever used. In fact, they're the only ones I'll buy now. While I love how smoothly they write, kids will love the bright colors and parents will love how long they last (the less frequently you have to replace them, the more money you save!).
2. Our experts' favorite laptop
Whether your child is returning to school or continuing with remote learning this fall, a high-quality laptop is essential. Of all the Chromebooks our experts have tested, the Asus Chromebook Flip is the best. Not only is it more affordable than most laptops, but it also has excellent battery life and great performance at all of the everyday tasks your student will need to do, like surfing the web, emailing their teacher, or typing up an English paper.
3. This top-rated planner
Trying to keep track of homework assignments, Zoom classes, virtual (or in-person) exams, and everything else that the new school year will bring can be a challenge. That's why your child needs a good planner, like one from Blue Sky. With over 2,000 reviews, the weekly/monthly planner is praised for having more than enough room to record all of your student's activities and tasks along with bonus sections for goals and priorities. There's also a storage pocket for any looseleaf papers and stickers to make the whole being organized thing a lot more fun.
4. The popular TI-84 Plus graphing calculator
Sure, your—or your kid's—phone has a calculator. But if their homework asks them to graph a function or solve a complex equation, you'll need more than basic addition and multiplication. When it comes to graphing calculators, the TI-84 is the OG. And it remains one of the most preferred among kids and parents alike as it can pretty much do any task your child needs and is very durable, which is necessary for kiddos who aren't exactly gentle with their supplies.
5. These neon Sharpie highlighters
The quality you love of Sharpie permanent markers, but in highlighter form. That's what you'll get with these narrow highlighters, which come in fluorescent yellow, pink, orange, and green. Over 4,000 reviewers on Amazon like that the ink is bright, easy to read, and doesn't smear easily. Plus, they say that the highlighters don't dry up quickly and will last for plenty of study sessions to come.
6. This oversized binder that can hold everything
Why use multiple binders when you can have one massive one? The Case It Mighty Zip—which has nearly 4,000 five-star reviews—is big enough to keep all of your student's important papers in one place and is durable enough that it will hold up for the entire school year. People also appreciate the color-coded expandable file in the inside pocket and the fact that the three-ring binder is easy to zip and carry (it comes with both a handle and a detachable strap).
7. These pencils with thousands of reviews
Regular pencils may be basic but these BIC mechanical ones are anything but. They're some of the most popular pencils you can buy thanks to how smoothly they write and erase with thick 0.7 lead and a larger-than-normal eraser. More importantly, they have a soft gel grip designed to keep your child's hand comfortable and pain-free as they write.
8. This travel-size hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer is a must if your child is returning to school come September. These travel-sized bottles from Earth to Skin are the perfect size for tossing into their backpack and, with 72% alcohol, meet the CDC's recommendation of using a sanitizer with at least 60%. Bonus: The watermelon scent actually smells good, according to reviewers, which is tough to find in a hand sanitizer.
9. These colorful notebooks
Stock up on notebooks at Walmart with these highly-rated Five Star ones, which come in a variety of bright colors. Over 1,400 shoppers have given the college-ruled notebooks five stars, saying that the paper is great quality (i.e. ink won't easily bleed through or smear) and that it's perforated so you can tear it out as needed without ripping or making a mess. And at less than $5 a piece, you can get a bunch—one for every subject—at a great price.
10. This adorable pencil case
So your student has all of their supplies—now they need somewhere to put them. Younger students will love this monster-themed case complete with playful patterns and googly eyes. The ZIPIT cases have hundreds of great reviews for being long-lasting (they'll handle whatever your child puts them through!) and for having more than enough room for all of the back-to-school essentials.
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