Celebrity Moms Reveal Their Back to School Must-Haves

Teen Mom's Kailyn Lowry, Lindsie Chrisley, Hilary Duff and more famous moms share the items their kids love during back to school season.

By Mike Vulpo Jul 23, 2021 5:00 PMTags
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It's that time of the year again—back to school shopping!

While a brand-new school year may still look different for so many kids across the country, we have a feeling students are still going to want some fresh new supplies, gadgets and other must-have items.

With so many choices out there, where does a parent begin?! We have some moms who can help.

Several busy Hollywood mothers revealed the products they recommend for their kids. And we have a feeling the little ones in your life will love them as well.

From Lindsie Chrisley's must-have Erin Condren planner, MacGyver star Meredith Eaton' favorite BHU snack bars or Kailyn Lowry's impressive organization system for students of all ages, these ladies deserve an A+ for their recommendations.  

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Creative Roots Peach Mango Flavored Coconut Water

Hilary Duff's Pick: "There are four flavors and they are all really good. My personal favorite is peach mango and I'm always shouting that one out and trying to put those in the back so my kids don't see that one right away," she told E! News in July 2020 when partnering with the brand. "It's hard to make sure your kids are drinking enough, eating enough. They're just busy, they don't want to be slowed down or stopped so this is definitely a drink that they enjoy." 

KETO Protein Bar - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Meredith Eaton's Pick: "I love BHU granola and snack bars for school largely because of the convenience of a grab and go yummy snack that's gluten free, high in protein, low in sugar and organic! My personal favorite is the cookie dough protein bar." 

U Brands Locker Organizer and Decorating Kit

Leah Messer's Pick: "With Ali and Aleeah getting older, they are really getting into decorating their space so this locker organizer and decorating kit is perfect! It helps me get them excited for school while giving them an opportunity to express their individual styles!" 

Erin Condren Dreaming Has No Limits Kids Planner

Lindsie Chrisley's Pick: "I am a planner at heart and showing your kids how to stay organized, but in a fun way helps them learn good habits!"

Honey-Can-Do Rolling Storage Cart and Organizer with 12 Plastic Drawers

Kailyn Lowry's Pick: "Over the past year, I have become a big fan of giving the boys their own space to store supplies for after-school projects and this organizer is perfect. You can even label the individual drawers and use the flat top for quick craft projects! I love that it gives the boys a place to keep everything together for homework. After a year and a half of virtual learning, we've finally nailed down an organization system for at home school supplies that works!"

Banana Boat Ultra Sport Spray SPF 50+

Allison Holker's Pick: "My favorite product I use is Banana Boat Ultra Sport Spray SPF 50+," she told E! News in July 2020 when partnering with Banana Boat. "I use that because we're so active. That's my personal favorite. We get up, get ready, have coffee, put on our sunscreen and go outside and exercise. It's part of our daily regimen."

BIC Kids Triangular Coloring Crayons

Tia Mowry's Pick: "My kids love to color, so I always look for high-quality products that can handle their excitement. BIC Kids Coloring Crayons are designed to stand up to pressure and help minimize frustrations to keep kids focused on their art," Tia told us in 2020 when partnering with BIC Kids. "These crayons are break-resistant, and the wrap-free design lets kids color uninterrupted without having to peel off paper, leaving no mess behind." 

EASTHILL Big Capacity Pencil Pen Case

Leah Messer's Pick: "I love getting the girls these pencil cases for back to school. They have so many pockets for pens, sticky notes, and even their headphones. They come in all sorts of colors too so they can match their backpack!"

Bento Box Japanese Lunch Box Kit

Kailyn Lowry's Pick: "I love these bento box lunch kits for the boys! The different compartments leave plenty of room for their lunches and make clean up after school even easier!" 

YETI Rambler Jr. 12 oz Kids Bottle

Lindsie Chrisley's Pick: "YETI is tried and true. I always get Jackson a new rambler to start school this is easy for him to identify that it belongs to him. No sweat design, dishwasher safe, stays colder longer & shatter-resistant for rowdy recess!"  

Mavericks Kids Snacks

Amanda Stanton's Pick: "These are the girls' favorite things to snack on during the day! They're all natural, non GMO and don't use artificial dyes or colors which is super important to me!" 

Subconscious Power by Kimberly Friedmutter

Phaedra Parks' Pick: "This book has been my go-to during the quarantine/pandemic when I'm struggling with uncertainty and anxiety. Author Kimberly Friedmutter's hypnosis and meditation techniques have been a life saver for my sons and me."

Stryke Club Wipe Out Cleansing Wipes

Melissa Joan Hart's Pick: "To help manage my three boys during school and sports season, I like the Stryke Club Wipe Out Cleansing Wipes because of their convenience. Especially after sweaty football practices, these wipes make it so that no sink or shower is needed before they hop in the car and go home. They're pre-moistened, disposable, and made from biodegradable materials. Just a quick swipe on the face or body and we're good to go!"

InchBug Personalized Labels

Jessica Hall's Pick: "I label everything from water bottles and jackets, and even the kids' shoes with InchBug's personalized labels. The teachers really appreciate this, as well, so that nothing gets mixed up in the classroom and the kids go home with what they came in with!" 

Hydro Flask 12 oz Kids Water Bottle

Kameron Westcott's Pick: "I like Hydro Flask water bottles because it keeps your child's water icy cold for up to 24 hours! So even after recess or practice wraps, your child's water is still icy cold! They are amazing and they come in all different colors and sizes. You also can buy stickers for them so the kids can personalize their own."

ECOlunchbox Stainless Steel Rectangular 3-in-1 Bento Box

Sherri Saum's Pick: "I love these because even when we are doing distance learning, I like to distinguish school time lunches for them. And it has the fun perfectly proportioned compartments that help my brain plan balanced lunches."

Lisa Frank Sticker Super Pack

Jenni "JWoww" Farley's Pick: "My must-have back to school items for my daughter Meilani are anything and everything Lisa Frank. They have all bases covered for notebooks, folders, stickers and more."

Safe + Fair Granola and Popcorn

Meredith Eaton's Pick: "Safe + Fair has become one of my favorite food companies due to their careful attention to making clean food, non GMO, gluten feee, with no artificial anything! My family LOVES the granola and the popcorn. I always feel good about packing it as a school snack and the bag always comes back empty!" 

Mabel's Labels Personalized Bottle Bands

Sherri Saum's Pick: "These have been a lifesaver with two boys with different tastes who always get their things mixed up!"

State Backpacks

Kameron Westcott's Pick: "I recommend State Backpacks because they are super stylish and offer so many different unique and fun designs. They are also functional for kid's school life. They fit water bottles on the side and all styles are always easily wipeable!"

OshKosh B'gosh Clothes

Molly Sims' Pick: "Like most parents, I love shopping for my kids and OshKosh B'gosh is one of the brands I always turn to first," the actress told E! News in 2020 after partnering with the company. "It is an iconic brand that so many of us grew up wearing, and it's no surprise that they continue to deliver durable, high quality clothing, just look at how long it's been around for!"

BIC Kids Jumbo Coloring Markers

Tia Mowry's Pick: "I'm always looking for ways to make back-to-school a little easier by choosing products I know will last. BIC Kids Coloring Markers are a great choice for fun, long-lasting coloring and drawing projects for creative kids. They have vibrant colors, strong tips, and if the caps are accidentally left off, the markers won't dry out for up to one week, on average."

Barbie Insulated Lunchbox

Jessica Hall's Pick: "Sophie is obsessed with Barbie lately, and they make super cute backpacks and lunch boxes. Plus I love that they are women inspired Barbies; my favorite is the yoga Barbie that literally tells me to breathe."

Protective Laptop Case

Amanda Stanton's Pick: "Since my kids will be going back to school virtually and spending a lot of time on their computer, a protective laptop case is a must-have!" she shared in July 2020. "This one is heavy duty and waterproof."

From laptops and headphones to hand sanitizers and masks, see five back to school essentials for our new normal.

(Originally published July 22, 2020 at 3:00 a.m. PST)

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