Our back to school checklist for 2021

It’s that time of year again, with the familiar rattle of pencil cases, breaking in of new shoes and the obligatory photo as children across the nation head back to school.

While this year remains different to previous ones, we’re asking all parents whether they’ve done their homework and got all the essential back to school items in place now the autumn term has started.

Whether your youngsters have started primary school or are embarking on their first year of secondary school, or even off to college, we’ve mapped out a checklist of essentials to ensure they are well prepared for the academic year ahead.

From stationery to uniforms, going back to school has never been easier with help from Transpack’s essentials back to school checklist.


While it may only feel like you’ve recently covered off the school unform, it is time to do it all over again. School requirements will vary, but as a general rule, here’s our basic uniform list:

  • Polo shirts or button-down shirts or blouses – three or five depending on how dirty your child is likely to get.
  • Two jumpers or cardigans.
  • Shoes – leather are highly recommended, as these are durable, breathable and can be protected. Patent leather is also easy to clean so should also be considered.
  • Socks (white, black or grey depending on school requirements).
  • Two pairs of grey or black trousers, short, skirts or skorts.
  • A waterproof coat.
  • School tie (depending on school’s requirements).
  • A blazer with the school crest (depending on school’s requirements).

We recommend purchasing school uniforms in a slightly bigger size to allow your child room to grow into it throughout the year.

PE kit

PE kits often get lost, misplaced, or become so dirty that they often need replacing, so we recommend sticking to affordable items that can be easily replaced and that aren’t too hard on your wallet, such as:

  • Socks (white, black or grey depending on school requirements).
  • T-shirt or polo shirts.
  • Water bottle.
  • Gym shoes or trainers.
  • PE bag.


No back-to-school month is complete without an investment in stationery. While primary school children will be provided with the stationery supplies and books they need, it is likely that once secondary school is reached, your child will be expected to bring their own stationary supplies to school.

However, we guarantee that there are some items that have been missed off the list.

Stationery essentials

No backpack is complete without the following items:

  • Pencil case – whether tin or zip up, there’s plenty to complement your child’s unique style.
  • Lined notebooks.
  • Selection of pens – always purchase a few as a back-up.
  • Highlighters – for those all-important notes and lists.
  • Pencil sharpener.
  • Ruler – save space with a foldable one.
  • Colouring pencils.
  • Glue stick.
  • Maths set.

School carriers

There is nothing worse than carrying sopping wet books to school or your child losing their daily or emergency medication and face masks. The solution, a recyclable school carrier from Transpack. The heavy duty (500 gauge) polythene with press-together closure makes for the perfect item for your child to safely store books, carry daily medication and their homework. With a selection of closure colours and write on panels, your child can pick their favourite colour and you can be safe in the knowledge that their items will be labelled correctly.

Zip wallets

Ideal to keep daily or emergency medication, notebooks and homework safely protected, our range of plastic zip wallets are made of tough polythene and are supplied with a coloured ‘zip’ top for extra security.

Available in five different sizes and in a range of colours, this back to school essential will keep your child organised, their school subjects separated and you with the peace of mind that their work is being delivered safely and crease-free.

Discover more back to school essentials with our school bag and filing bags range.

Core extras

When it comes to sending your child back to school, it can certainly feel like an endless shopping list. Here’s our round-up of the core extras that should complete your list:

Name labels

When it comes to returning to school, labelling items is an absolute must. There are several items that your child’s name should be on to prevent clothing or essentials being lost within the first few weeks, such as:

  • All school uniform clothing items.
  • PE bag.
  • All PE kit clothing.
  • All workbooks and notebooks.
  • Book bags, zip lock bags.
  • Lunch boxes/lunch bags.

You can either purchase labels to stick onto items, or alternatively, a permanent marker, fabric pen or Sharpie should be sufficient.

Eco-friendly lunch boxes

If you are looking to pack your child with an eco-friendlier lunch box, Transpack can help.

We are proud to supply an array of sustainable, recyclable eco-friendly packaging solutions, among them, our compostable bags made from food safe potato starch. Not only can they safely store your child’s lunch items, but they are 100% biodegradable and compostable.

We wish you and your children the best of luck for the 2021/22 academic year.

Contact Transpack today

If you have checked out our back-to-school essentials and would like to find out more, contact Transpack today. If you have any questions about Transpack’s packaging solutions, please get in touch. Our expert team will be more than happy to answer any queries you have.

There are several ways you can get in touch with the Transpack team. Call us on 02380 869999, fax 02380 666622 or email sales@transpack.co.uk.

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