The Best Back to School Supplies For Another Uncertain Year
Our new reality requires a whole new approach to what we buy.
Back before the Delta variant blew through much of this country, most school districts were fairly confident that kids would be back in person. But as battles over mask mandates heat up, and virus cases among unvaccinated kids rise, nothing is certain. To say the least. But in some form or other, schools will be open. And that means kids still need back to school supplies. These are the best back to school supplies for yet another dicey year.
You don't know what you've been missing in a mouse until you use one this great: It has an insanely fast 1 ms response time, an ultra-precise optical sensor, and up to 250 hours of battery life. Sure, it's for gamers, but works just as well for anyone needing to type stuff up for school or work.
Maybe you need the bib. Maybe you don't. We're big fans of this silicone bento set because it's one the only ones we found that kids can manage on their own. There's no spillage. Everything is easy to clean. And nothing gets stuck or trapped in weird crevices.
If your kids would rather 'write' on actual 'paper': This 42 page smart notebook is endlessly reusable and lets kids send their notes to Google drive, Dropbox, Evernote, box, OneNote, Slack, iCloud, or their email. Which means that whole 'dog at my homework' excuse won't ever work again.
A gaming headset that does double duty as a pretty solid set of headphones: This one is comfortable as hell, thanks to memory foam padding, and because the volume roller is located directly on the ear cup, gives the listener easy control. And the voice clarity crushes.
Why this backpack? It's one of the few that's this well-made while still being machine washable. And you'll want to wash it aplenty. It has water bottle pockets, a zippered main compartment, zippered and padded laptop/tablet compartment, zippered front folder pocket, zippered side-access front pocket and soft-lined top accessory pocket for phones.
Listen, if you're the parent who's always erring on the side of caution, we feel you. And if you need an air purifier when you drop your kids off at school, or pick them back up, this is the one for you. Weighing just about as much as a football, this ultra-portable air purifier is what you want to take with. The battery works up to eight hours on a single charge, and the purifier itself filters out 99 percent of 0.3-micron ultra-fine dust particles.
If you haven't yet sorted our your wifi situation, our apologies. Best get on that. Netgear's Orbi system is what you need. Why? You get a mind-blowing 6Gbps of consistent WiFi speed, covering up to 5,000 square feet of your home. Which means you can have 100 devices (not a typo) being on Zoom, downloading homework, or even gaming. And yes, you can stop parental controls to filter out any inappropriate content.
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