10 Products to Make Back to School Easier for the Whole Family

Back to school season is a hectic time for families—lots of to-do lists, supply lists, early mornings and late nights. Make the school days a little bit easier by investing in some of these products that will make staying on schedule and on time easier for parents and kids alike.

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Echo Dot Kids Edition

Kids can use this voice-activated device to ask Alexa to set them an alarm for the next morning, play music to get ready to or let them know the weather to make mornings a little bit easier. This version of Amazon's Echo Dot is made with kids in mind to help them with a myriad of everyday tasks and kid-friendly fun. ($70; amazon.com)

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Washi Tape

Decorate lockers, organize bullet journals and add fun flair to assignments and projects with decorative washi tape. This eight count set of washi tape comes in fun patterns, tears cleanly, can be written on with pencil, pen or marker and has a period of being repositional on most surfaces. ($10; target.com)

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Mind Reader 6-Compartment Desk Organizer

Don't waste homework time hunting down your kid's T9 calculator—keep everything handy in a movable desk caddy. This simple and stylish bamboo supply organizer makes it easy to take homework from the desk to the table to the bedroom and back. ($28; bedbathandbeyond.com)

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Erin Condren Kids Planner

Help kids develop the habit of planning and organizing by getting them their own paper planner for the year. This stylish, customizable planner from Erin Condren has a reading log, goal tracker, allowance and savings log, books to read list, inspirational quotes, and pages dedicated to doodling as well as the standard monthly spreads for tracking to-dos. ($28; erincondren.com)

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Dual Brush Marker Pens

To-do lists, goal tracking and taking notes are an important part of school-year success for parents and kids. Both adults and kids will love keeping track of upcoming events and important reminders with these dual-ended marker pens. This pack comes with 18 different colors of fine tip pens on one end and bold calligraphy brush markers on the other, making it a little more fun to write things down. ($8; amazon.com)

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Extended Battery Phone Case

Whether your kids are old enough for their own phones, or you're constantly on the phone coordinating pick-up times, sporting events, play dates and more, this battery-extending phone charger can end up being a school-year life saver. Add hours of battery life to your phone or your child's phone to minimize the risk of a dead phone during an emergency. ($23; amazon.com)

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Thermos Insulated Straw Bottle

Keeping little ones hydrated is an important part of keeping them happy, comfortable and prepared to learn throughout the day. This Thermos brand vacuum insulated 12 oz bottle with a pop-up silicone straw comes in fun, kid-friendly patterns and keeps beverages cold for up to 12 hours. Fill it up in the morning, before practice or before bed knowing your little one will have cold water around the clock. ($13; walmart.com)

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Magnetic Wall Mounted Wood Print Dry Erase Board photo

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Magnetic Wall Mounted Wood Print Dry Erase Board

This magnetic white board is as pretty as it is practical. Attach permission slips, school notes and more and use dry erase markers to write down last-minute reminders or the day's to-do list. The contemporary wood pattern will look at home in any room of the house and make keeping track of to-dos fun. ($209; wayfair.com)

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Collapsible File Box

The school year comes with tons of papers to organize—sports schedules, medical forms, snack schedules and more. Keep all of those papers organized in one place by using a collapsible file box that can be cleaned out and folded away at the end of the year. These sturdy linen filed boxes come in packs of two or four, so multiple kids can have their own designated box. ($29 for two; amazon.com)

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Car Organizer

One unfortunate reality of busy school years is hectic mornings and jam-packed evenings. Use back-of-the-seat car organizers to store protein bars, bottles of water and other snacks for when you're running late, display tablets so kids can watch shows and movies on long car rides and store a few extra school supplies for last-minute homework fixes. ($22; amazon.com)

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