Teenagers typically use great quantities of school supplies, and shopping lists might sometimes get even longer when it comes to attending college. To save you lots of time we have drawn up a comprehensive list of any supplies your children might need.

Supplies List for Middle and High School

  • Combination locks (2, one for the hallway and the other one for the gym).
  • No. 2 pencils (20)
  • Pencil sharpener (2)
  • Pencil pouch (1)
  • Large eraser (old-fashioned pink erasers are the best, buy 6 of them)
  • Highlighters (at least 8 shades, 2 packs)
  • Three-ring binder (4)
  • Three-hole-punch (1)
  • Ballpoint pens (blue or black, 15)
  • Permanent markers 12 shades (1 pack)
  • Glue sticks (5)
  • Bottle of white glue (four ounces, 2)
  • Scotch tape (3 rolls)
  • Stapler (1)
  • Staples (2 boxes)
  • Ruler (buy one with both imperial and metric calibrations, 1)
  • Protractor (1)
  • Compass (1)
  • Pointed scissors (1)
  • Plastic folders (20)
  • Index cards (2 packs ruled and 2 packs unruled)
  • Subject dividers (10 part, 4 packs)
  • Book socks (at least 15)
  • Spiral bound college ruled notebooks (70 sheets, 24).
  • Graph paper (80 sheets, 4 notebooks)
  • White-out correction tape (1 pack)
  • Post-it sticky notes (90 sheets, 5 pads)
  • Personal organizer or calendar (1)
  • Small notebook to record assignments (1)
  • A4 printer paper (500 sheets, 2 packs)
  • Ink Cartridge Set for a home computer (1)
  • Tissues (3 boxes)
  • Calculator (1. Note that some schools forbid their students to use calculators, while others only allow simple function calculators. Check with the math teacher whether your kid will need a graphing calculator).
  • Lunchbox or bag (1)
  • Backpack (1)

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Supplies List for College

  • No. 2 pencils (20)
  • Mechanical pencil (2)
  • Pencil sharpener (2)
  • Pencil case (1)
  • Large eraser (old-fashioned pink erasers are the best, buy 6 of them)
  • Highlighters (at least 8 shades, 2 packs)
  • Three-ring binder (5)
  • Three-hole-punch (1)
  • Ballpoint pens (blue or black, 20)
  • Permanent markers 12 shades (1 pack)
  • Scotch tape (3 rolls)
  • Stapler (1)
  • Staples (2 boxes)
  • Ruler (buy one with both imperial and metric calibrations, 1)
  • Pointed scissors (1)
  • Plastic folders (25)
  • Index cards (3 packs ruled and 3 packs unruled)
  • Subject dividers (10 part, 4 packs)
  • Spiral bound college ruled notebooks (70 sheets, 36).
  • White-out correction tape (2 packs)
  • Post-it sticky notes (90 sheets, 5 pads)
  • Personal organizer or calendar (1)
  • Book bag (1)
  • A4 printer paper (500 sheets, 3 packs)
  • Ink Cartridge Set for a home computer (1)
  • Graphing calculator (1).

College equipment list

Although such electronic devices as a laptop, printer and tablet computer are not included to the list, no modern college student will be able to get on without them. Students who live in dormitories will also need a lot of furnishings and cleaning supplies (however, their list will vary considerably from college to college and from student to student).