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Happy Summer, everyone! Hope you’re all having a great time with your families.

As the summer season winds down, this signals that school is just on the horizon. For many families with children (especially young kids), going back to school can be a challenge particularly when transitioning from vacation to school mode.

Cut down on the struggle by preparing early so that you can gradually ease them into looking forward to the start of school. The most important thing is to the whole family involved so that everyone, including the kids, have a say and feel empowered.

Here are a few tips to help you get your children ready to go back to school:

Check school supplies – Review last year’s school supplies list because, chances are, your kids will need many of these items again. Also, if you have not already done so, contact the school for a copy of the list, as well as other requirements for the upcoming school year. If you are unavailable or it is not possible to do so, have your spouse and/or designated relative contact the school. Do not forget to stock up on school supplies for your kids’ designated study areas. These will come in handy for the upcoming school year.

Avoid last minute shopping to get the best deals around. Many retailers offer back to school promotions early; pace yourself and check more than one store and shop around. Communicate frequently (video chat is handy in this case!) with your loved ones to make sure you that you have the right item that your kids need.

Check wardrobe – Clean out each child’s closet. Sort clothes, make sure they still fit, and mark those for donation and as hand-me-downs. Ask your children’s input when it comes to clothes and accompany them when shopping. For older kids, they tend to shop clothes on their own. To avoid clashing and potential tensions down the line, discuss clothing choices, what is acceptable to both of you, and compromise as warranted. Lastly, communicate with your kids frequently using video chat.

Bags and Shoes – Inspect your kids’ shoes (including sneakers/rubber shoes) and buy new pairs if your children have outgrown them. Sort their old shoes for donation and as hand-me-downs. Likewise, inspect their school bags, backpacks, and sports duffels as well and replace as needed.

Sports Equipment – If your kids are active in sports or are part of a sports team, check their schools for a list of sports equipment needed for the upcoming year. Baseball gloves, baseball cleats, soccer cleats, shin guards, tennis rackets, tennis balls, and towels are some items to consider. Be on the lookout as these types of items frequently go on sale throughout the year.

School Uniforms – If your children attend schools that require school uniforms,  check in with the school on their specific requirements. Some schools accept alternatives like RTW from regular retailers such as Old Navy, but verify ahead of time prior to purchasing.

Technology Needs – Touch base with the school to see what devices and equipment they would need and their minimum specifications. Some require their students use laptops and tablets so verify accordingly. Also, stock up on printer cartridges for your home printer, upgrade if needed or buy if you do not have one.

Miscellaneous Items – These are other essentials to include in your back to school shopping list:

  • Reference books like dictionaries (especially if your children are studying a foreign language).
  • Non-perishable snacks –  for during and after school treats, and serve as incentives for the incoming school year.
  • Cough and cold/flu medicines, hand sanitizers, and first aid supplies – stock up on these items in order to minimize the inevitable absences your children will incur during the school year.
  • Umbrellas and rain gear – prepare for the bad weather and replace as needed.

Once you have gathered all of your items, you are ready to pack your balikbayan box(es). Check out our previous blogs for helpful tips in preparing, packing, and shipping your balikbayan box(es).

In summary, with a little bit of planning and preparation, plus a whole lot of communication among everyone in your family, you can achieve a stress-free and smooth transition for your children as they get ready to go back to school. As a reminder, you can drop off your boxes at our branches or you can make arrangements to have them picked up; we ship year-round. Finally, if you are unsure or have additional questions, our Metrobox staff is ready to assist and serve you.