Back to School: Top 5 School Supplies - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Top 5 School Supplies for Back to School

It’s that time of year again! For me, back-to-school time ranks up there with Christmas and my birthday! There’s just something about pretty pens and new notebooks. I may not be a student anymore, but I still can’t get enough of the supplies! I’ve broken down my top 5 school supplies into categories below. Enjoy!

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Top 5 School Supplies


1) Notebooks

May Designs - Top 5 School SuppliesMay Designs May Books

I LOVE notebooks from May Designs! If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve definitely seen my collection before. I have over 20 of these notebooks, so it just makes sense to have them as #1 on my list of top 5 school supplies! Each May Book is completely customizable. You can choose the size of the notebook, the cover art, text on the front, and the inside pages. I wish I had known about these notebooks when I was in school. I’d have had one for each and every subject!

Moleskine Journal - Top 5 School SuppliesMoleskine Cahier Journal

These journals are similar in size to the Classic May Books above. Perfect for slipping in your bag and taking notes on the go! I love the kraft paper cover and how easy they are to decorate on your own. No decoration is necessary though. The kraft paper is classic and chic.

2) Pens & Pencils

Paper Mate InkJoy Gel - Top 5 School SuppliesPaper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens

I’ve been using these pens for years and absolutely love them. The colors are bright and fun. The gel ink is smooth, dries very quickly, and rarely ever smears! Nowadays, I use my black ones the most but like to break out the colored pens for special occasions and birthday cards!

Paper Mate Flair Pens are a lot of fun too! Middle school, high school, and college Natalie got in on the Flair pen action! For a while there, I was using them every single day. There are just so many colors to choose from!

Cynthia Rowley Pens - Top 5 School Supplies

Cynthia Rowley Ballpoint Pens

If gel pens aren’t your thing, which I totally understand, perhaps you’ll like these ballpoint pens. There’s nothing too exciting about how this pen writes. The real excitement is the appearance. Wow, aren’t these gorgeous! They come in silver and rose gold. The silver is nice, but rose gold is my absolute favorite!

U Brands Pens - Top 5 School SuppliesUBrands Ballpoint Pens

Another great option if you prefer ballpoint pens. UBrands has quite a few pattern options when it comes to their pens. I have dotted ones, striped ones, floral ones, and ombre ones. They also offer them in felt tip. I have a few of those and love them too!

Paper Mate Clearpoint - Top 5 School Supplies

Paper Mate Clearpoint Mechanical Pencil

When it comes to crafting, I like to use wooden pencils. When it comes to schoolwork and lengthy writing, I’m all about the mechanical! I think I’ve been using these mechanical pencils since middle school. I’m that big of a fan. I’ve tried others and always come back to the Clearpoint 0.7. There’s just nothing better.

3) Highlighters

Zebra Mildliner Highlighter

I recently discovered these highlighters and absolutely love them! They come in tons of different colors and most of the colors are light enough to be easily seen through. If high school Natalie had known about these, they definitely would’ve been in her pencil pouch!

Bic Brite Liner - Top 5 School SuppliesBic Brite Liner Highlighter

If you’re all business when it comes to highlighters, I get that too. College Natalie used these Bic Brite Liners every single day. They’re inexpensive and work great! You never have to worry about the ink being too dark to see through either. Yellow highlighters are a classic for a reason.

4) Sticky Notes

Post-it Notes - Top 5 School SuppliesPost-it Notes

Over the years, I’ve collected tons of cute, themed sticky notes. Every time I go to use them, I have one problem though. They never seem to stick. And if a sticky note doesn’t stick, what’s it good for? Post-it Notes always stick, and they come in lots of colors. You just can’t go wrong with them!

5) Planners

You can’t go back to school without a good planner! Over the years, I’ve tried out my fair share of planning styles. The below planners and planning styles work best for where I am and what I’m doing in my life right now. Other great planners include the Erin Condren LifePlanner and the Day Designer.

Simplified Planner - Top 5 School SuppliesEmily Ley Simplified Planner

I’ve been using a Simplified Planner for a little over a year now. At work, I use it more as a dated to-do list than a place to keep track of meetings. It has a page for every day (except for the weekend) and lives up to its name when it comes to simplicity. I’m a big fan! I’ll be buying another one in the next few weeks for 2019.

Weekly Planner Printable - Top 5 School Supplies - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Planner Printables

If you’re looking for something more economical and customizable, look no further than my free printables! You can find dozens of printables here on my blog that will help you make your perfect planner! If you’re looking for something you can’t find, shoot me a message! I’m always looking for printable suggestions!


I hope you enjoyed my list of top 5 school supplies! Do we have some of the same items on our lists or are your top 5 school supplies completely different than mine?

Is one of your top 5 school supplies something you think I’d enjoy? Share in the comments below! I love discovering new notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.


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