The kids are heading back to school, the sun is still blazing (on some days) and the once a day BBQ ritual has been limited to the weekends as summer slowly draws to an end over the coming weeks.

While you prepare to enjoy the last few days of summer, whether it’s by the beach or relaxing at home – there’s still time to stock up on some back to school essentials.

Pens, backpacks, books and other school essentials are usually affordable on their own, but when you start filling up your basket the costs can really add up. If you don’t want to break the bank when buying your must-haves this year, then you should try taking paid surveys – you can earn up to €5 worth of gift vouchers for each of the surveys that you complete with Irish Opinions!

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The Top 5 Back to School Essentials That Your Kids can’t do without


School isn’t school without a cool backpack – with so many to choose from it can be hard to decide. Whether you want to splash out on a designer brand, or get one that’s personalised, your kids will have the perfect place to store their books, stationary, gym kit and more.

Pens / Pencils

No backpack is complete without a set of pens and pencils. Because notes need to be taken during class and homework needs to be done.

Notepads & Books

Making notes, working out sums and revising actually make up the majority of your child’s ‘school experience’. Hence why this essential has made it into our top 5.


While a notepad and pen or even a basic calculator can come in handy when working out general sums, a scientific calculator is perfect for trigonometric ratios, radii and fractions to name only a few of its functions.

Lunch Box

Now that you have our top must have essentials, you need a stylish lunch box that is also BPA food grade safe, easy to carry, water proof and will keep food fresh until lunch!

Debenhams has a range of lunch boxes to choose from, so that’s a good place to start!

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