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7 products to keep kids safe at school during COVID-19

Pack their backpack with these must-have items.

Kids at school with masks Credit: Getty Images / Halfpoint

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The first day of school has historically been filled with first-day jitters for many kids, but this year, many of those fears are falling onto parents. For the first time in recent history, our kids will be starting the school year in the middle of a pandemic. Soon, schools that closed their doors early because of the virus will be welcoming kids back, and although the nation seems to be split down the middle when it comes to what parents think is best, we can all agree that these seven products can offer a bit of virus protection.

1. A book bag that leaves the germs at school

Backpack
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An easy-to-sanitize backpack is a must.

Backpacks are notorious transporters for an innumerable number of bacteria and viruses, but washing a book bag every time our kids lug it home from school is totally unreasonable in today’s busy world. K-Cliffs Heavy Duty PVC Book bag offers a perfect solution to that problem, by being made almost entirely out of transparent vinyl. Waterproof and easy to disinfect, this bag can be quickly wiped down with the cleaner of your choice, and made germ-free for its travels the next day.

Not skimping on the necessary features, the bag has double padded straps, is large enough for standard school supplies, comes in nine different colors, and uses 55% thicker material than any other competitor on the market, making it a great option for both usability, and keeping the germs out of your home.

Get K-Cliffs Heavy Duty PVC Book Bag on Amazon for $24.99

2. Tissues that kill the germs coming out of your nose

Kleenex
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Keep germs at bay with antibacterial Kleenex.

If you’ve ever had a nasty head cold, you know that the tissues you blow your nose with become germ bombs just waiting to infect the next person that comes into contact with them. Kleenex realized that and created Kleenex Anti-Viral facial tissues, which kill 99.9% of cold viruses that are blown into them. Three-ply thick and super soft, the middle layer is moisture activated and works quickly to deactivate viruses. Available in a variety of box colors and styles, the affordable price tag makes them the perfect donation to any classroom supply list.

Get Kleenex Anti-Viral Facial Tissues at Target for $1.59

3. Travel sanitizer holders that will make kids want to clean their hands

Hand sanitizer
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Keep sanitizer close at hand with a holder that clips to their backpack.

I think if we knew how many things our kids actually touched during the day combined with how many times they touch their faces, we would throw up. But kids will want to sanitize their hands more often if the job comes in the form of a cute little accessory. Brightly colored and impossible to ignore, KINIA’s Travel Sanitizer Keychain Holders are the coolest germ-fighting tool that you will ever see. Made of brightly colored silicon in six different colors, the sanitizer holders sport cute little characters in eight different designs, and come complete with empty 1 oz. bottles to be filled with the sanitizer of your choice. With eight sanitizer holders per pack, your child is sure to find one they love, and they're easy to attach to any book bag or lunch box, so your kiddo can stay sanitized anywhere they go.

Get KINIA’s Travel Sanitizer Keychain Holders on Amazon for $15.95

4. Cloth masks you can feel good about buying

Disney
Credit: Disney

Their favorite Disney characters—on a mask.

Many states across the nation have implemented rules requiring children to wear face masks in school, but with so many mask options available, it can be difficult to know which ones to buy. Walt Disney World offers a unique perk with each of their masks: Pledging that $1,000,000 in profits from the sales of their masks will be donated to provide lifesaving care to those in need, buying a Disney mask allows you to help someone while staying protected. Available in three different sizes, Disney masks are sold in a four-pack, and printed with a variety of Disney characters that many kids hold near to their hearts.

Get a four-pack of Disney Masks for $19.99

5. A water bottle that kills germs

Larq water bottle
Credit: Larq

Larq water bottles use UV light to sanitize.

It’s scary to know that water bottles can host large amounts of bacteria that multiply and then go directly into our mouths, which is what makes LARQ products so innovative. The first water bottle of its kind, LARQ water bottles self-clean both the inside of the bottle and the water it contains, using UV light to eradicate up to 99.99% of bacteria and viruses. Chemical-free and needing no replacement filters, LARQ water bottles provide a safe method to disinfect your child’s water throughout their school day. Made of stainless steel and sold in plenty of different colors and styles, some bottles even keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours or hot for 12 hours.

Get LARQ waters bottles on Amazon starting at $78

6. Disinfecting wipes that make lunchtime safer

Wipes
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A handy package of wipes makes it easy for them to clean their lunch table.

Have you ever sat down at a restaurant table and felt something sticky on the surface? Disgusting! So you can imagine what germs might be lingering on a lunchroom table in a school cafeteria, and how many hands may have touched it before your child sits down to eat off of it. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes for On The Go are the perfect solution. Scientifically proven to kill 99.9% of germs, the travel pack is small enough to fit in a lunchbox, and easy enough to use in a rush. Just wipe and done! Better used by older responsible students since they aren’t safe for little mouths and eyes, each on-the-go pack contains nine wipes in a resealable package.

Get Clorox Disinfecting Wipes for On The Go at Walmart for $0.97

7. A spray that kills germs on the fabric you don’t have time to wash

Tide
Credit: Tide

Tide fabric spray is ideal for clothes that can't be washed every day.

Our clothes touch hundreds of things each day, but unlike hands, they can’t just pop over to the sink for a 20 second wash, which is where Tide’s Antibacterial Fabric Spray comes into play. Created specifically to sanitize and disinfect fabrics that aren’t hopping right into a washing machine, the spray is safe enough to use on school uniforms, sports jerseys, and even college dorm-room bedding in an effort to keep bacteria at bay. Although not specifically designed to kill the COVID-19 virus, it does tackle a number of other bacterias and in turn allow your immune system to focus on the bigger, scarier viruses around. Available in a 22 fl. oz. bottle with a fresh, light scent, Tide’s Antibacterial Fabric Spray steps up to kill the germs you don’t have time to deal with right now.

Get Tide’s Antibacterial Fabric Spray at Target for $5.99

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