must have back-to-school items 2023

Whether you have a toddler or a teen heading off to school, we have some great items that can help them have a great year.

Track Almost Anything

These Apple AirTag trackers come in handy luggage but are also great for backpacks, lunch boxes, sports equipment, and more. It is super easy to set up, you simply pair the tracker to your phone and slip the little disc into a pocket, or you can purchase the optional key chain. Next time your child leaves their backpack or lunchbox behind, you will know exactly where to find it. These are also great for little ones who don’t have a cell phone, as this will help you keep tabs on them. They even make a dog collar option for your pooch.

Personal Safety Alarms

This Birdie+ personal safety alarm is great for runners, teens, kids going off to college, and others. Anytime you feel like you’ll be in a dangerous situation, you can activate different features, from talking to a live rep or setting off an alarm; you can also have it send your location to a loved one. Use 305HIVE15 for 15% off.

Lunch Just Got Cooler

Bentgo® Buddies Reusable Ice Packs – Slim Ice Packs for Lunch Boxes, Lunch Bags, and Coolers come in different designs from Sharks to Unicorns. They are great for lunch boxes or coolers on game day. You can even use them as an ice pack to relieve little boo-boos on your kids.

Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet

Designed with kids in mind, this Fire HD 8 Kids – 8“ kids table is now faster, includes a full-featured Fire HD 8 tablet, Kid-Proof Case with built-in stand, one year of Amazon Kids+ (FreeTime Unlimited), and a 2-year worry-free guarantee. There are educational games, parental controls, and much more.

Beverages on the Go

No-spill design, straw lid, multiple size options and more make this one of our favorite water bottles. It’s dishwasher safe and keeps our beverages cold for up to 24hours.

Touchland Power Mist Hydrating Hand Sanitizer

It kills germs, smells great, and doesn’t take up much space. These are on the pricey side, but we love them.

What Every Teen Wants

Beats Fit Pro – True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds – Apple H1 Headphone Chip, Compatible with Apple & Android. These fit easily in your pocket or backpack and give you up to 24 hours of listening time.

Simple Modern Plastic Tumbler with Straw Lid

This tumbler is a great price, fits in your cupholder, and keeps drinks hot or cold. It comes with a lid and two reusable straws. It is perfect for your smoothie on the way to school or drinks on the go after-school.

Label Everything

Make it a little easier for those P.E., sports, and school uniforms to find their way back to you with these 100 Personalized Iron-on Fabric Labels.

Label Maker Machine

Small Bluetooth handheld label printer. Great for notebooks, water bottles, devices, pretty much anything you can get your hands on, you can label. Just download the app and get to labeling. 

Clutch – The World’s Thinnest Portable Charger

This small and sleek charger is a favorite. We love how thin it is (about the size of a credit card), it fits your wallet, backpack, in the smallest of purses, or in your pants pocket, so you will always have extra juice when you are on the go. It has a built-in cord so it’s one less thing for your kid to lose. It is a great price point for a gift and good to give teens going away to college. Use code 305HIVE for 10% off.

Amazon Basics Fine Point Tip Permanent Markers

Just like Sharpies but at a lower cost. 24 fine point tip permanent markers in assorted colors

PackIt® Freezable Lunch Bag

We love this PackIt® freezable lunch bag for its portability and ability to keep our snacks cold. The bag itself is an ice pack, so you no longer have to worry about lost ice packs. It’s foldable, reusable, and has a zip and velcro closure. It also has a buckle handle to attach to backpacks, strollers, etc. Simply freeze the bag, pop in your lunch or snacks, and take it on the go. Once you are done with your snack, the bag folds flat. It comes in various designs, so it’s great for adults or kids.

YETI Rambler

Keep your kid’s water or beverage cold all day. We love that it has no straw to lose.

Bentgo® Kids Bento-Style 5-Compartment Lunch Box

The bento-style lunch box is the ideal portion sizes for ages 3 to 7. It’s leak-proof, drop-proof, dishwasher safe, & BPA-free

*305 Hive independently determines what we feature or recommend. When you buy through our links, we may earn a small commission on some items.