8 products to rule back to school

Kids are so darn smart

Give kids a more comfortable way to do homework in the car as you shuttle them to after-school activities. Students designed a new Portable Desk for Staples, $39.99, that has quickly become our editor’s favorite thing. The lap desk features storage for notebooks, folders and even pens and pencils with slots for headphones and power cords so any assignment can be completed on the go. We also love the other tools designed by students including the Big Pen Pencil Case (it actually writes), $8.99, and the Super Folder, $12.99. Sold at Staples.

Fast food, only better

Fitting a home-cooked meal into that busy back-to-school schedule can be a challenge, but Meez Meals saves you time and money with prepped and ready-to-cook ingredients delivered right to your door. $8 to $12.50 per serving.

Funny name, cool stuff, good cause

There’s no doubt your star students will shine the brightest with Yoobi school supplies. Yoobi sells colorful and vibrant supplies for every student, classroom or office, plus when you buy a Yoobi product, another Yoobi product is donated to a classroom in need. Also available at Target.

Plastic baggies begone

Mix and match the kids’ lunch box, but not the food, with Bentology’s Classic 6-Piece Bento Box. The containers come in different sizes, making it easy to pack your kids’ faves without crushing or mixing them. The insulated lunchbox come in school-friendly style that appeal to all (we’re partial to the smiling cats). $19.99.

Check out Bentology’s free Lunch Ideas app at iTunes App store.

Own your stuff

One thing every parent should know about back-to-school supplies: Label everything if you want it back. We’re super fans of Mabel’s Labels’ Ultimate Back-to-School Combo that includes mini custom name stickers, clothing labels, shoe stickers and personalized mini tags. $42 for 108 labels and tags. We also love the Little Kid School combo to help even the littlest of learners keep track of their stuff.

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