Your Back to School Shopping List for 2021

by Morgan Surajram August 27, 2021

Here's our back to school shopping list for 2021 and beyond!

The last weeks of summer are busy with activities and back to school preparations. We’re here to help you set aside more time for activities and less time for last minute stress with a back to school shopping list for 2021 for both in-person and virtual learners.


Positivity first thing in the morning can set the tone for a successful day. Slip on a graphic tee that promotes kindness and inclusivity from Scout's tee collection by Funnel Cake Tree. These screen-printed tees come in sizes and styles ranging from baby to adult, with options to outfit the whole family.

A cute graphic tee for little ones going back to school.

In-person or virtual, school mornings are busy with breakfast and packing for the day. For students attending in-person classes, they'll need to be equipped to carry their COVID essentials along with their school supplies. Bellroy's Classic Backpack is dependable for active kids and stylish adults, with separate pockets and a padded divider to organize books and a laptop or tablet.

Bellroy backpacks are great for teens and adults hitting the books in September.

For older students and adults on the go, we recommend pairing the Classic Backpack with Bellroy’s Sling Pouch or Sling Mini Pouch. These compact and fashionable slings can be worn across the body and have space to hold essentials such as a wallet, extra mask, sanitizer and a small water bottle. 

Bellroy Slings are fashionable and super comfortable.

Early classes can be challenging if you're not a morning person! Set yourself up with aesthetically pleasing notebook cover prints that make you smile during those tough mornings. Some favourite prints we recommend are the Picture Day Journal for a laugh and the Bella Flora Notebook trio for a matching vibe. For an eco-friendly choice, pair notebooks with Scout's Seven Year pens by Seltzer. These must-have pens are refillable with an impressive seven-year ink supply.

Pretty notebooks and pens for students of all ages!


Lunchtime, the best time of the day! So Young has you covered with cooler-style lunch bags for in-person students, perfect for keeping sandwiches and fruits fresh. Keep food extra cold with So Young's condensation-free ice packs

So Young's elevated lunch pouch is perfect for adults on the go.

Snacks are a must, especially if you're on the go after school. Beeswax Wraps by Abeego and Snack Bags by Colibri are perfect sustainable options for packing food to go when you’re in a pinch. Both are reusable, easy to wash and made in Canada. Snack bags come in cute, bright prints, making them easy to spot in a backpack or lunch bag. 

Colibri's reusable snack bags are perfect for eco-conscious kids and parents alike.


Afternoons call for energy and staying hydrated. Scout carries a variety of reusable tumblers by different makers in many styles and colours. They'll all keep your drink hot or cold for hours, so it's always ready when you get a moment for a sip. Pop in a tea from our selection; we recommend Moroccan Mint Loose Leaf Tea to awaken the senses and promote focus and alertness for afternoon classes.

Kinto Tumblers are a best seller every time.

Before the final bell to go home, students will need to plan for the following day and future deadlines. Depending on your needs, Scout has a nice selection of  planner options. The Undated Cloth Planner offers hour-by-hour planning for scheduling classes, meetings and daily life events. The 18-Month Weekly Notebook Planner offers week-by-week planning with plenty of lined pages for any additional notes. See our full collection of 12-month, 17-month and 18-month planners here. 


Planners are the perfect way to stay organized during the school year.


Students have shown how resilient they can be during the pandemic. Despite this, change can still feel overwhelming. If your child is having difficulty adjusting to returning to school, we recommend checking out these helpful tips from a pediatric psychologist. At Scout, we demonstrate gentleness towards the earth and community with intentions of inspiring gentleness in individuals towards others and themselves. Take care this school year and if there’s anything you’d like to see in future collections, let us know!

Morgan Surajram
Morgan Surajram


Morgan is a Toronto-based copywriter with a love for a hot cup of tea, art and creating. Her background in music makes her passionate about helping people harness their creativity to showcase their best and most authentic selves.

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