Back to School Jitters
I must have been pretty geeky since I was a kid, because I’ve always remembered looking forward to each new school year. I mean summer vacation is fantastic. Plus you can always stay up late and not worry about getting up early the next day. Yet somehow I love the feeling of welcoming back school. It’s not so much that I want to see demanding teachers and do odd homework, but I find the idea of having new books and school supplies really exciting. In fact, it’s something I look forward to every time. So before all the chaos sets in, here is a guide to what your school supplies shopping list should include.
Top 10 School Supplies You Need at Home
Item #1 : Packs of Short and Long Bond Paper
Have you ever felt the feeling of panic when you need some school supplies and found out that you’ve run out, just when all the stores have closed? I’m pretty sure that’s not a nice feeling. You can avoid the “I-need-it-when-I-don’t-have-it” syndrome by planning ahead. Have enough stocks of these supplies so you’re guaranteed to have what you need for that important report or presentation.
Item #2 : Extra Ink Cartridges for the Printer
I’m sure that one of the last things you want is to be in the middle of printing a report, only to find out that you’re out of ink! Uh-oh! That can be pretty frustrating, so plan ahead and stock up a bit on ink cartridges.
Item #3 : Adhesives such as tape and glue
If there is one lesson I’ve learned from my late dad, it’s to always be ready for the unexpected. In simple terms here, it means having on hand what you need. We’ve never run out of scotch tape as far as I remembered. While I was growing up, my dad was pretty much well organized and we never had to have the feeling of panic of being out of supply.
Item #4 : Extra Blank CDs
Time was when I had a box of floppy disks on hand. Do you remember them? Nowadays, they’re probably non-existent! Extra blank CDs are especially handy for school presentations. I know it’s the era of the USB flash drives, and they are sometimes used in placed of CDs. Just make sure you have whatever you need on hand.
Item #5 : A Box of Staple Wire
Staplers are a regular part of household and office supplies. You may need to stock up on some staple wires too. Common sizes for the home and office staple wires include: 26/6, 24/6, 24/8, 13/6, 13/8 and No.10 for mini staplers. Running out of staple wires is a petty yet annoying thing.
Item #6 : 2 or 3 Packs of Art Paper or Posterboard
Depending on the student’s level in school, most would need some art papers, construction papers, or posterboards, such as the ones in the photos. Most preschoolers and elementary students also need crayons and/or markers. Middle and high school students may need illustration boards, posterboards, or Manila paper.
Item #7 : Correction Fluid or Correction Tape
Correction fluid is handy. It comes in various forms: correction fluid bottle, correction tape, or even correction pens. Some popular brands include: Liquid Paper and Wite-Out (US, Canada, Australia, Brazil), Tipp-Ex (Europe), Twink (New Zealand), Snopake, White Away, Pentel correction pen, Edigs.
Item #8 : Extra Ballpens and Pencils
I’m glad this is part of the list. One of my pet peeves is if someone tries to borrow my favorite pen. I don’t know why but my pens have always been that special to me. If you’re a student, there’s no excuse for not having loads of pens and/or pencils. These days colorful gel pens are also fashionable.
Item #9 : Writing Pads
Writing pads are part of a student’s life. We’ve been required to write tons of stuff even when we were in kindergarten. Perhaps my early writing experiences were nice so that I’ve developed a fondness for it. I even had my own tiny collection of notebooks to this day.
Item #10 : Folders and Envelopes
Wow! I’ve finally managed to come to the end of the list. Folders and envelopes are sometimes taken for granted. We don’t remember that we need them until we do. It’s also handy to keep some on hand. They’re perfect for organizing and arranging files and documents.
Now that you have a list, I hope you’ll never run out of school supplies that you will need during the school year.