August is inevitably a time when we rest, recover and then begin to look ahead. Whether September means you’ll be heading back to school or not, something in the promise of a new academic year resonates with us humans well beyond graduation. It’s a chance to begin again, to meet new friends and to learn more. It fills us with excitement and anticipation.

If you’ve got little ones returning to or starting school, we know you’ll need to feel confident that they’re geared up and kitted out. To get you started, we’ve pulled together our favourite back to school essentials. back to school lands end backpack

Lands End Print Classmate Backpack $39

Get them excited about packing their things for school with this jazzy Print Classmate Backpack from Lands End. Made from 600 denier polyester and specially treated with a water-repellent finish, this bag can handle all that the school year has in store for your little tyke. It’s backed up by Lands End’s forever guarantee, so why not add a monogram for a personal touch to cherish forever. back to school dalcini lunchbox

Dalcini Stainless Steel Original Lunchbox  $29

Purge the plastic from your little one’s lunch box and opt instead for the Dalcini Stainless Steel Original Lunchbox. No nasty chemicals nor harmful paints lurk here. These boxes have been brilliantly designed and come with a lifetime guarantee. When they’re not on lunch duty for the kids, their understated, elegant design means you can steal them for yours too! Genius. back to school lands end coat back to school lands end coat

Lands End Primaloft Packable Jacket $67-$69

Banish the back to school blues with the Lands End Primaloft Packable Jacket. Keep them cosy as kittens with these snuggly jackets; each one is filled with Primaloft, a microfiber insulation, and made from ripstop nylon (originally used for parachutes) making them ultra strong as well as light. Oh and PS: they’re also water-repellent, can squeeze down small enough to fit into a pocket and come with a forever guarantee! back to school start rite shoesStart Rite Burford Lace Ups $62

Buying shoes for little feet is an autumnal rite of passage; pick the right ones and you’ll keep them in the family for generations to come. Protect tiny toes in style with Start Rite’s Burford Lace Ups. Brogue detailing gives a timeless look while sturdy leather uppers ensure longevity.


Phew. Now we’ve got the basics sorted it’s time to relax and get back to your summer holidays. September is still a couple of weeks a way after all…