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Back to School Ideas With Our Freight Forwarding Services

Updated: Oct 5

It only seems like yesterday that the New Year just began. Before you know it, summer vacation will be over and it’ll be back to school once again! It may look like you have lots of time but it’s never too early to prepare ahead, especially if your children, your nieces, or your nephews start school in the Philippines in June (or August if their school has transitioned to the new academic calendar).


Of course, it is always a good idea to ask for their wish lists and/or their list of must-haves. Savvy shoppers, like yourselves, know it’s prudent to take advantage of the many sales that happen year-round. It’s a great idea to stockpile your purchases; just fill your balikbayan box until you’re ready to ship.


Here is a suggested list of back to school items to send through Metro Box Cargo’s freight forwarding service:


For kids in kindergarten and elementary school:

  • Pencil box/case

  • No. 2 Pencils

  • Pencil Sharpener

  • Erasers

  • Ball point pens

  • Wide rule notebook or pad

  • Index cards

  • Ruler

  • Calculator

  • Calendar – to organize homework and school schedule

  • Markers (washable for younger kids)

  • Crayons

  • Colored Pencils

  • Art/Craft supplies – such as assorted colored construction paper, felt paper, glue sticks or glue glitter, and paints (watercolor, tempera, or acrylic – washable for younger kids)

  • Scissors

  • Tissues

  • Plastic folders or envelopes

  • Lunch box or lunch bag

  • Backpack


For kids in middle school and high school:

  • Pencil pouch

  • Ball point pens

  • No. 2 pencils or refillable mechanical pencils and pencil leads (0.5mm or 0.7mm)

  • Erasers

  • Pencil sharpeners

  • Markers

  • Ruler

  • Protractor

  • Stapler and staples

  • Graphing calculator

  • Three-ring binder

  • Three-hole puncher

  • Loose leaf ruled pad or spiral notebooks

  • Graph paper

  • Index cards

  • Plastic folders or envelopes

  • Subject dividers

  • Scissors

  • White out (liquid or tape)

  • Organizer/Calendar

  • Backpack

  • Lunch box or lunch bag


For college-bound teens, their academic/school supplies will be similar to those in high school (see above), but with the addition of the following, especially if they will be staying at dormitories or apartments:

  • Computer bag or backpack

  • Printer cartridges

  • Small electronic accessories – such as earphones, USB flash drives, external hard drives, micro SD memory cards (with adapter), and SD card readers

  • Dorm furnishings and supplies – such as pillows, pillowcases, twin-size bed linens and blankets, towels, toiletries, and plastic storage bins


These are just some things to ship in your balikbayan box using Metro Box Cargo’s door to door service, in order to help your loved ones get ready to go back to school. One last thing, don’t forget about anyone in your family who is in the teaching profession (teachers, professors, or tutors). They’ll need school supplies, too! So, mga kababayan,

HapHelp your loved ones get ready to go back to school with back to school ideas using MetroBox’s freight forwarding services.py shopping!


Metro Box Cargo is a freight forwarding services company established in 2013 with two main offices/warehouses in the United States – in Hayward (northern California) and in Santa Fe Springs (southern CA), 6 drop off locations inside Island Pacific stores, and one office/warehouse in Teachers Village in Quezon City in the Philippines.


Founded by Egay Tajonera, and his wife Mabelle, they are passionate in providing exceptional service to the Filipino community. Our company provides personalized, reliable, on-time customized door to door service for balikbayan boxes, container shipments, loose cargo, and odd-sizes shipments. We also offer vehicle shipping services for cars and motorcycles.


Our friendly and helpful staff, as well as our authorized agents, are available to assist you and answer questions you may have. Feel free to call or stop by our two main offices/warehouses, or at our six drop-off locations which can be found inside Island Pacific stores. Visit our website at www.metroboxcargo.com for more details.

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