When I leave for school in the morning, I sometimes feel like I am packing for an expedition with my personal care supplies. I have so many bags and boxes that I bring back and forth to school. To lighten the load in your teacher bag, consider keeping a few things at school.
If you do not have any storage space at school, you could keep these items in a bag tucked away in the trunk of your car. I cannot tell you how many times an extra item of something has come in handy.
Teachers spend a lot of time away from their homes, arriving at school early to coach clubs or teams and staying late to finish marking or lesson prep. Teachers often wonder what personal care supplies they should keep in their classrooms.
I have compiled a list of personal care supplies that would be beneficial to keep at school in case you forget something when you leave the house in the morning.
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Personal Care Supplies To Keep At School
A few times a year, I forget my lunch at home. My school does not have a vending machine or a cafeteria. If I did not have an emergency supply of food, I would go hungry until I got home.
- Pull tab canned soup (no one can ever find a can opener)
- Granola bars
- Instant Oatmeal
- Bottled water
- Juice Boxes
- Microwave popcorn or pre-packaged popcorn
- Teabags, instant coffee
- Electric kettle (if permitted)
- Reusable cutlery set and reusable dishes/containers (My secret for free cutlery is to bring home all disposable cutlery from takeout food, wash it and keep it at school. I have a giant bag of plastic spoons and forks at school because I always forget to pack them!)
By keeping these items on hand, you will be able to deal with the unexpected.
- Hair Elastics
- Lip chap
- Complete change of clothes (including shoes)
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
- Band-Aids (for personal and student use)
- Feminine products (for personal and student use)
- Nail Clipper and file
- Hand sanitizer
- Hand lotion
- Lint roller
- Any medications you need (these need to be stored in a locked space away from students)
- Extra phone charger
- Extra laptop charger
- Fleece sweater/school spirit sweatshirt
Do you have any personal care supplies you would add to this list? Connect with me on social media (@2peasandadog) and let me know.
Are you a busy teacher looking for ways to fit self-care into your routine? This FREE resource provides choice boards to help you figure out a way to challenge yourself to use more self-care within your busy life. You can find the Teacher Self-Care Challenge on Shopify CAD.
Personal care supplies are important, but are you wondering what essential school supplies you need for the classroom? Check out this blog post, 10 Back to School Supplies Every Teacher Needs.