Lockers are just one of the new and exciting changes that happen in middle school.
Not only do kids get the opportunity to have lockers, often for the first time, but they can also actually lock their stuff up.
Hopefully, this cuts down on items that always seem to disappear. It may not help if you’re kid is forgetful, but it sure helps when there are kids who like to take stuff. Which is unfortunate.
Usually, by this age, they get two lockers, one for academic supplies and another for gym class.
Either way one of my favorite ideas is for my tweens to have a middle school locker kit. A kit filled with might needers and probably will need supplies.
Appearance is becoming a very big deal at this age. They actually care about the way they look, feel and smell and so does everyone else.
IF YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF PUBERTY HELL….YOU HAVE TO READ THESE:
- Why are Tweens So Moody and How to Help?
- How to Make Her an Amazing First Period Survival Kit
- 3 Fun Puberty Books for Girls
- Quick and Easy Ways to Improve Your Tween’s Attitude
While the way someone looks naturally should be celebrated, not made fun of, puberty has a way of intervening in ways that can make for embarrassing situations.
When it’s something they can control, a little help goes a long way.
So what should you put in your school locker?
Here’s a list of ideas that you could include in your tween (or teen) essentials locker kit for middle school:
(some are for girls only, of course)
Middle School Locker Kit List
- Pads, Pantiliners or Tampons
- Hairbrush or comb
- Bobby pins or hair ties
- Baby Wipes (we use these for everything, everywhere)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Stain Remover
- Lint Roller
- Lip Balm
- Hand Lotion
- Cough Drops
- Pain Reliever
- Favorite Snack
For an easy-peasy free printable of the locker kit list click here (instantly downloadable, nothing required 😉
Many of these items can be found in the school office, from a teacher or the nurse. However, when in a rush it’s much easier to just grab and go.
Kotex Tween Ultra Thin Pad, 16 Count by U by KotexTide To Go Instant Stain Remover 0.33 oz ( Pack of 2)Teen Spirit Antiperspirant Deodorant, Pink Crush, 1.4 ozeos Visibly Soft Lip Balm Sphere – Vanilla Mint | Long-lasting Moisture | 0.25 oz.
Since many schools have rules about medicines, check with school officials or your school handbook before adding cough drops and pain relievers in your tween’s kit.
For a cramp relief alternative that’s medicine-free try these.
Or this cool item I just came across.
Of course, you need a fabulous container to hold all the supplies…I love this one.
But you may want to check the dimensions of your tween’s locker first. It would be disappointing to make a fabulous kit and get to middle school to find out it’s too big.
Although I prefer the containers with handles and latches, a shoebox from those new back to school sneakers that you can cover with pretty paper or a plastic one from The Dollar Tree will work too.
It’s crazy how skinny the lockers are these days.
I don’t know how you’d fit all your books and binders into it along with winter boots and coat.
Never mind all those locker decorations they have these days. They’re nicer than my first apartment.
Back in the day, we had tons of room for a mirror and let’s not forget the Kirk Cameron and Rob Lowe cutouts from Tiger Beat. 🤣
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For more back to school ideas try these:
- Are You Ready for Your Tween’s First School Dance?
- What to Pack for Lunch for Your Picky Eater
- Ideas for Academic Success
- Is Your Teen Getting Enough Sleep?
What else would you add to a tween locker kit? Comment below