Back-to-School Must Haves: Get The Right Gear

Every school-age kid can tell you that having the right gear starts the school year off on the right foot. From backpacks and books to study tools and accessories, Pottery Barn Kids has the gear you need in the fun colors and designs that your child craves. Before you start back-to-school shopping, make a list of some of your child’s must-haves and start researching options to find the right color, style and price. We make it easy to narrow down your options to find the back-to-school items that are best for you. Use our gear guide to help you and your favorite student pick out all the must-have essentials in the colors, patterns, sizes and styles that work best.

Back-to-School Must Haves: Get The Right Gear


Your child’s backpack goes to school with her in the morning and carries her through the day, holding all of her essential school supplies, notebooks, books and lunch. Let your child pick out the color and pattern to express her personality. Look for a backpack with padded shoulder straps that distribute weight evenly for comfort and reduced strain.

We construct our line of backpacks from 600-denier polyester for durability and water resistance that can stand up to the rigors of your child’s day. The adjustable straps feature padding and contouring, while the padded panel on the back adds additional cushioning. Our backpacks come in multiple sizes, all with exterior straps to secure a lunch bag, while side pockets hold water bottles and other gear.

Gear Accessories

Help keep your child’s backpack organized with our coordinating toiletry bags, wet/dry bags, duffles, bag tags, binders and cases. Our wet/dry bags feature a food-safe, eco-friendly PEVA lining to keep your child’s wet and dry items separate, making them ideal for swimming gear and other messy items. Our coordinating toiletry bags have all the nooks, crannies and pockets necessary to stow hairbrushes, wet wipes and other essentials to take your child from P.E. class or swim lessons to sleepovers with ease. All of our gear and accessories come in colorful patterns to coordinate with or accent your child’s other bags, too.

Desk Accessories

Keeping a backpack organized isn’t your only hurdle. After the first week or two of school passes by, many kids have desks that look like a tornado struck them. Keep their work area looking stylish while enhancing their ability to keep things tidy with our line of accessories that do everything from hold books in place to stow small supplies.

Use bookends to prop binders, albums and books up on a bureau, desk or shelf. Customize your child’s study area with a clear acrylic mat that displays photos, papers and artwork neatly below, creating a personalized surface that’s easy to keep clean. Headphones and portable speakers let your student jam out while on the go, while colorful clocks and waste cans keep things on track and under wraps. Our accessories come in a variety of colors.