What’s in their backpacks?

backpack for school

What’s in their backpacks?

Send your kids back to school with the right items to stay healthy and safe.
emergency card
Emergency Card

to provide emergency
contact info pdf icon[PDF – 134 KB]

sanitizing hands
Hand Sanitizer
& Tissues

to avoid spreading
germs to others

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Hand sanitizer should be used with adult supervision for children under 6 years of age.

facial coverings
Face Covering

to reduce the spread
of COVID-19

healthy foods
Healthy Breakfast,
Lunch, & Snacks

to encourage good nutrition
throughout the day

water bottle
Water Bottle

to stay hydrated and
avoid sugary drinks

sneakers and loose-fitting clothing
Sneakers &
Loose-Fitting Clothing

to make it easy to be active

biking with a helmt

to prevent serious types of
head or brain injury
if they bike to school

insect repellant
Insect Repellent

to protect from mosquitoes,
ticks, and other insects

sun protection including sun glasses, hat, sunscreen, long sleeves and pants
Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses,
Long Sleeves, & Pants

to protect from the sun

cleaning hands

hand washing


Prevent the spread of germs. Teach your kids the five handwashing steps—wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry—and the key times to wash hands, such as after using the bathroom or before eating.

people 6 feet apart


plays a role in the way they learn, behave, and develop. Learn more about transitioning back to school.

For more information about how to prevent chronic disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle,
follow @CDCChronic on Twitter or visit www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease.

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Page last reviewed: September 14, 2021