9 Personalized School Essentials For Kids Of All Ages

Let your kids express themselves every school day.

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Kids had it rough last year, and this year parents should do everything they can to make sure their children have fun! One great way to do that is to give kids a personalized experience by creating labels for every school item.

There are school essentials every kid needs — backpacks, folders, water bottles, and the addition of face masks and hand sanitizer, of course — but did you ever notice how boring plain old folders and binders are?


Your kids will probably have the same supplies as every other student in the building. That's no way to let them express their creativity

InchBug® has the tools you need to let kids have some fun with labeling, while keeping their belongings with the rightful owner. And if your kid is prone to losing items quickly, a label is sure to prevent that item from ending up in the lost and found.

Using personalized labels with your child's name, information, and even photo can make all the difference this year — and InchBug® has just what your child needs to stand out.

InchBug® is a company founded to make parents’ lives easier using innovative Orbit Labels® and adhesive labels that are reusable, customizable, and can withstand repeated dishwashing, boiling, and microwaving.


It's not only fun, but can help parents get their kids excited about school by creating labels to add to all your kid's items.

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9 School Essentials You Can Personalize Using Adhesive & Non-Adhesive Labels

1. Reusable water bottles

Water bottles have become popular over the years and are now one of the most hot-topic school essentials. Water fountains will most likely be closed off, making water bottles important to keeping your kid hydrated.

InchBug®'s Orbit Labels are great for labeling your child’s water bottles and sippy cups.

The labels are non-adhesive, reusable, non-toxic, latex-free, and dishwasher-safe. Plus, they are super-easy to use — just stretch them over the drinking device you want it on, and voilà!


Now, you won't have to worry that your child's water bottle or sippy cup will be misplaced once you've added a personalized touch.

inchbug orbit labels for water bottles

Customize your very own InchBug® Orbit Labels and get 2 for only $9.95. Order 4 labels and receive 15% off!

2. Clothing tags

Clothes are a big school essential for any child, preschool included — and no kid wants to be without the latest trends, of course.


InchBug® offers TagPal Clothing Labels that come in a variety of colors and allow parents and kids to choose their own style. These labels are machine washable, dryer safe, and are peel-and-stick — no ironing necessary!

Aside from being unique in how they look, TagPal Clothing Labels mean your child knows that specific items belong to them.

inchbug tagpal clothing labels

TagPal Clothing Labels come with 40 labels in each package, for only $12.95!


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3. Backpacks, lunch totes, and sports bags

Whether you're buying a new backpack or reusing the one from last year, every kid will need to carry one to and from school. To make it extra fun, InchBug® has a variety of Bag Tags that can go on backpacks, or any other bags you wish to label with your child's name.

Not only are these bag tags available in rectangular and circular shapes, but are made to withstand harsh conditions and everyday use. Plus, each tag comes with a clear plastic loop to attach it to any bag or luggage of your choice.

InchBug®'s circle bag tags allow for 3 lines of personalized text, and the rectangle bags tags provide more area for detailed information.


inchbug bag tags

InchBug® Bag Tags are sold separately, and are available for purchase with prices starting at $5.95.

4. Lunch essentials and food allergies

For kids with food allergies, keep them safe while caregivers stay alerted to their food allergies.

InchBug® has a great assortment of allergy labels and bag tags, adhesive labels to attach to food containers, and bag tags to add to lunch totes.


Forget brown bag lunch this year! InchBug® has endless options for customizable labels that will make sure your kid is able to stay true to who they are, while carrying an essential part of their day.

InchBug® offers adhesive labels for various food allergies. If your child's particular allergy isn't listed, you can customize the label to meet your needs. Inchbug® also carries allergy bag tags in circular and rectangular shapes to ensure kids avoid foods that cause allergic reactions.

inchbug allergy bag tags

InchBug® allergy bag tags are available in rectangular and circle shapes, and notify others of harmful allergies to nuts, dairy, soy, eggs, gluten, and seafood.


5. Face masks and hand sanitizers

These are the newest, most important school essentials all parents need in their child's backpack.

Keep children as safe as possible by using InchBug®'s mini-rectangle labels to wrap around the ear loops of your child's assortment of face masks. You can even use those same labels for their hand sanitizer, too.

Masks are helpful, and sending kids to school with hand sanitizer easily accessible means they are protected from bacteria and germs they will surely pick up on high-contact surfaces. It also means kids will know they are the only individuals touching their own hand sanitizer.

6. Notebooks, folders and binders

These essential school supplies keep work organized, but why not make them much more entertaining to look at while you keep them in order?


Elementary school students can easily grab their binders and notebooks, since InchBug® has so many ways to personalize your school supplies, with fun and nifty stickers you can create to include your favorite colors and icons.

Want your binder or folder to have your name on it? Not a problem! And you can do all of this from the comfort of home.

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7. Textbooks and picture books

Many schools require kids to wrap their textbooks and prevent damage throughout the year. Parents also want to make sure those books get returned at the end of the year, so make sure those books are labeled with a design that your child loves.


Whether they want to create monogram labels or just simple solid-color labels, your kid is sure to stand out. These labels are also perfect for children attending daycare who want to keep track of their toys.

8. Pre-school gear, pencils and even phone cases

A pencil case is great to keep your items all in one place and easily accessible. And for older kids, a phone case helps keep their phone from breaking.

Spice things up using InchBug®’s Photo Labels, which allow you to create one-of-a-kind labels by adding a photo. All you need to do is upload a photo and crop it to the perfect fit.

And if your child is a bit younger and attending daycare, photo labels are great for caregivers because it allows them to make sure belongings are returned to the correct child.


inchbug photo labels

Each package of Photo Labels contains 16 customized stickers for just $11.95!

9. Arts and crafts supplies

Some teachers include additional school supplies that are tailored to their course. This can include arts and crafts supplies, as well as things like rulers, markers and pens.

The rule of thumb is, if the teacher asks for it, you should probably deliver on it! You don’t want your child to be the only one who didn’t bring what was asked of them, right?


And you can be sure your child keeps all their arts and crafts supplies in one place, adding their name with a creative and fun touch.

inchbug pee wee combo pack of tags

Purchase the Big Bundle Combo Pack for $39.95, and the Pee Wee Combo Pack for only $29.95!

InchBug® offers a Big Bundle Combo Pack that comes with 20 circle labels, 35 medium labels, 40 clothing labels, and 2 circle bag tags; as well as a Pee Wee Combo Pack that includes 20 circle labels, 35 medium labels, and 2 circle bag tags.


These labels really are perfect for all sorts of items that your kids will use all year long!

-Created in partnership with InchBug

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