It is that time of year again, Back to School is upon us. Kids are scouring the shelves for the most colourful notebooks and pencils. University students are rolling their quarters in preparation for their textbook lists. Parents are taking disinfectant to every surface in the house in a never ending battle with school germs. Back to school can be a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be. We have a few helpful tips for you to make the return to educational centres more bearable.

Notebooks, pencils and pens, Oh My!

The most complex part of back to school shopping is all the new colours and patterns available to draw the interest of young eyes. How nice would it be to have a secret shopper pick out everything you need while you are at home or work? We know you want to save time and Monk Office has created a great program to help. Shop online or send in your shopping list and pick it up all ready to go.

Monk Office in Victoria has all your school supplies ready and waiting!

Backpacks and Boots

Back to school is a great time to pull out your old boots and backpacks from Autumn seasons of the past to make sure they are still up to the task. If you find yourself in need of some new shoes, or a Fjall Raven backpack, make sure to head into Nomad footwear to try on the latest styles and sizes.

The Outfits for the Classroom

Back to school should be all about the learning, but we all know that a part of the excitement is seeing old friends and wearing new outfits. A new outfit for you does not have to be a new outfit entirely. Support the local Women In Need stores (WIN) and pick out a ‘new to you’ back to school look. Reusing clothing like this is great for the community and the environment and you are still going to look great. Look into the student discount days that WIN offers.

Back to school in Victoria also means the rainy weather is coming. A great rain coat or winter jacket is a must when heading back to school. Head over to Robinsons Outdoor Store for a quality outdoor jacket to get you through the semester.

Women in Need in Victoria has 4 locations with great back to school wardrobe choices.

Lunch kits for the kids – and kids at heart

Packing a lunch is something many adults leave behind with their school days. Packed lunches need to be revived for adults as well as kids. Nothing makes packing your own lunch to school better than a fun lunch kit. Yes, a fun lunch box isn’t just for back to school. When you pick up a lunch box at Capital Iron this year, get one for yourself and add some colour back into your work day.

Boost Your Immunity

Back to school is the season for the sniffles. Boost your immune system in time to combat the flu with some Omegas, vitamin C and immune boosters. Go see the knowledgeable staff at The Vitamin Shop. Your body will thank you in a few weeks for giving it that extra push. Don’t forget to pick up some fish oil or Ginkgo Biloba for your memory and focus.

Hopefully going back to school in Victoria doesn’t seem so daunting now. Many local businesses are owned and operated by families that are dealing with the back to school jitters too and they want to help. Going back to school should be an exciting adventure. Get these back to school “chores” out of the way and support some local businesses while you are at it.