Back to school time isn’t just about getting the kids ready, us parents have to prepare too! Here is how to pack the ultimate Mom’s Back To School Survival Kit. The 2023 Back To School Campaign has raised $16,000 for the Foundation For Fresh Produce to support children’s accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to our amazing partners, like Bee Sweet Citrus.

Mom’s Back To School Survival Kit

It’s finally here that time of year that mom’s both look forward to and dread simultaneously all summer long. The long lazy days of summer with no schedules and sleeping in have come to a close and now it’s time to get back into a routine and prepare for the school year ahead. 

Getting ready for the kids to return to school is not just a challenge for the kids, it can be a challenge for you as a mom too. Let’s talk about what you as a parent should include in your back to school survival kit to make this transition into a new school year easier. 

Back To School Survival Kit for Moms

So what should you have inside of your back-to-school survival kit?

Back To School Survival Kit for Parents

Grab n Go Snacks It’s hard to think straight and keep track of all of those to-do lists when you are hungry. Make sure that you have some fresh or freeze-dried fruit in your survival kit. We love having Bee Sweet mandarins in ours, they travel great and are easy to eat on-the-go. Nuts, energy bars, and protein bars are also great for eating on the go. 

Water Some of the worst headaches you can get come from nothing more than simple dehydration. Carrying a bottle of water with you throughout the day encourages you to drink often and stay well-hydrated. I never leave the house without water…not even to go to the grocery store.

Portable Charger A charger for your tablet, laptop, or cell phone should also be in your purse or your back to school survival kit. The last thing you need is to lose access to your schedule, calendar, or phone because you have no charge. 

Anti-bacterial Wet Wipes or Hand Sanitizer These come in handy for wiping down hands, and devices, and cleaning up messes. Plus they kill germs too, back to school time can be rough on your immunity. Check out these tips for boosting kids immunity during the back to school season

Immune & Energy Boosting Supplements It’s important to take care of your body from the inside out as you head into the busy back to school season. That means taking your vitamins, probiotics, and energy-boosting supplements daily. 

Paper and Pen Chances are you have a calendar and apps on your phone to help keep the family activities coordinated, but it can still be helpful to have a paper and pen. Tuck a small notebook and pen in your back to school survival kit for notes, grocery lists, and more.  My family all knows that if I don’t write it down, I’ll forget it 😉

Relaxing or Energizing Scented Lotion It’s no secret that scent can deeply affect our mood and energy levels. Keep a small bottle of your favorite scented lotion in your back to school survival kit. If you start to feel stressed, anxious, or tired give your senses a boost with a little scented hand lotion. 

Parent's Back To School Survival Kit

The back-to-school season is a busy and stressful time and you need to take care of yourself too. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you can’t possibly be the best parent that you want and need to be for your kids.

What mom's need for back to school

Self-care tips to help keep you at your best 

Get a Good Night’s Sleep Just like your kids need to get a good night’s sleep, you need to make sure that you are getting plenty of quality sleep each night too. Develop a bedtime routine, turn off your devices, and follow these other sleep tips for a great night’s rest. 

Eat Well As a busy mom, you prioritize making sure that your kids are eating healthy meals and snacks each day. Do you make sure that you are eating healthy meals and snacks though? Eating healthy foods helps to give you energy, boosts your immune system, reduces stress, and helps you to get through your busy day. 

Mom’s Back To School Survival Kit - Smoothie

We’ve mentioned that your back to school mom survival kit should contain some easy snacks to eat on the go like mandarins, protein-filled snacks, and water. If you feel like you don’t have time to eat breakfast in the mornings while trying to get the kids off to school, consider these yogurt parfaits or a smoothie. They are healthy and easy to grab and go! 

Exercise Take some time to exercise, it doesn’t matter if it’s just a walk around the block, a trip to the gym, or a quick yoga session at home. You need to keep your body and your mind fit, and exercise can help to boost your mood and energy level too! It also sets a good example for your kids about the importance of staying active. 

Practice Self-Care Take some time for self-care. This can be going to get a new haircut, window shopping, read a book, getting a massage, or taking a bubble bath. Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or even take a lot of time, it just needs to be a small window of time that is all about YOU! Need more self-care tips? Listen to Episode 58 of the Healthy Family Project Podcast: Realistic Self-Care For Parents.

how parents get ready for back to school

Now you know what to pack in your back to school survival kit for busy moms and you’ve had a reminder about the importance of taking care of yourself, you are ready for an awesome start to this school year.

Do you have any other back to school survival kit items to add for busy moms?