Back to School Shopping List

It is time for back to school shopping as the vacation is rapidly coming to an end (or already over for some students). LagosMums has compiled a shopping list to serve as a guide as you prepare the children to go back to school. The list is broken down across what is absolutely needed and the other little things that pop up and sometimes leaves you scrambling (e.g. Book character costumes)

Back to School shopping


School Supplies [checklist]
  • Backpack
  • USB (for older children)
  • Dictionary
  • Notebooks
  • Glue stick
  • Pencils – for younger children jumbo sized/triangular shaped are recommended as they learn to hold and write.
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons – for younger children jumbo sized/triangular shaped are recommended as they learn to hold and write.
  • Pencil sharpener (and jumbo sized pencil sharpener if you get these)
  • Erasers
  • Plastic folders or binder
  • Scissors (make it blunt tipped for younger children)
  • Pencil case
  • Ruler
  • Pens (for older children)
  • Highlighters
  • Calculator
  • Math set


Clothing [checklist]
  • School Uniform or School clothes
  • Sweater
  • Socks
  • Sun hats
  • School shoes
  • Tennis shoes
  • PE outfit


Swimming [checklist]
  • Swimsuits /swimming trunks
  • Swim goggles
  • flip flops
  • swim towel
  • swimming cap
  • swimming bag
  • small size lotion for after swimming (or a tub Mentholatum for children who get cold quickly)
  • Floaters/noodles


Feeding [checklist]
  • Lunchbag
  • Lunch box
  • Flask/Water bottle
  • Cutlery
  • Napkin
  • Bibs (for younger children)


Health [checklist]
  • Special medication if needed for School Nurse
  • Sanitisers and wipes
  • Tissue


Other [checklist]
  • Personalised labels for clothes and other items (so many items get lost during the school year)
  • Painting Apron
  • Costumes (plan now because you know the costume day or career day will come up)
  • Laptop or computer
  • Specialist items – confirm what extracurricular activities students will be participating in e.g. ballet outfit etc
  • Tights – black, white and pink (there is usually a need for this at least once in the school year)
  • Plain white and black tee shirts (always needed)
  • Red attire for Valentines (or Love Day) in School
  • Empty cartons, shoe boxes and cereal boxes – they usually ask for these for artwork so keep your empty boxes


Some retailers that stock back to school items are Ebeano, Game and for online stores try websites such as Konga and Jumia.

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