Back to school season is upon us and part of prepping is shopping for clothes and supplies. Markers, pens, pencils, notebooks, and all those other necessities are exciting and give us and our chiquitos a boost of encouragement to start the school year off on the right foot. Jot down your goals in an intention journal and never lose a pen again with an empanada pouch – you read that correctly. Find those items and more from brands including Hija de tu Madre and GRL Collective that’ll make the back to school experience more enjoyable and organized. We’ve rounded up 10 Latinx-owned items perfect for helping you prep for back to school.
Buena Suerte Necklace – Hija De Tu Madre
Carrying a token of good luck on those first few days is common so we recommend this Buena Suerte necklace for all the good vibes. On one side it’s a horseshoe, on the other it reads “buena suerte” so it makes a fashion statement and acts as a good luck charm.
Buena Suerte Necklace, $48, available at hijadetumadre.com
Magic Glitter Pens – Jen Zeano Designs
These magic glitter pens from Jen Zeano Designs put the fun in functional. It’s got multi-color glitter and comes with messages like “Latina Power” and “Si Se Puede” for inspo while you’re getting work done. It comes in packs of two so you can keep one for you and give one to your bestie or keep one for school and one for home.
Magic Glitter Pens, $18, available at shopjzd.com
Your Struggle Is My Struggle Mouse Pad – GRL Collective
There are tons of cute mouse pads available, but our current favorite is the Your Struggle Is My Struggle mouse pad from GRL Collective. The message of unity is an important reminder and who doesn’t appreciate empowering messages as their getting through their homework? The image of two hands coming together will remind you that we as Latinx and WOC need to support one another and continue to push through the struggles that life throws at us.
Your Struggle Is My Struggle Mouse Pad, $20, available at grlcollective.com
Empanada Pouch – Natali Koromoto
If you haven’t already, you’re probably going to need a new bag to carry all your pens, pencils, and highlighters. You definitely want to start the school year off by being organized, so you’ll need something to keep you from throwing all your stuff at the bottom of your book bag. This little empanada pouch from Natali Koromoto will make your life easier. It’s very spacious and water-resistant – sounds good to us! If you are known to lose pens like you lose bobby pins, this pouch is guaranteed to keep your school life organized.
Empanada Pouch, $25, available at natalikoromoto.dog
Latinx-Inspired Stickers – Martha of Miami
Stickers are on trend for every school year, and that will never change. Martha of Miami has tons of cute stickers to choose from, and the Mal de Ojo sticker is one of our favorites. Their sticker inventory includes something for everyone and is perfect for water bottles and notebooks. Designs include sayings related to cafecito, mal de ojo, and more!
Stickers, $3 – $8, available at marthaofmiami.com
Feel Good Intention Journal – Ser Paraiso
Set your goals for the school year in this intention journal from Ser Paraiso. It comes with 12 months worth of pages for journaling your intentions for the year plus space for affirmations and goals. We love that it also comes with inspirational quotes like this one from Gioconda Belli: “The world has always gone forward when people have dared to have crazy ideas.”
Feel Good Intention Journal, $30, available at serparaiso.com
Bebesota Keychain – Fanesha Fabre Art Store
Bad Bunny popularized “Bebesota” so this keychain is a perfect way to take your dorm room lanyard or book bag to the next level. We like this particular keychain because it’s cute and a great conversation starter that’ll no doubt help you make friends.
Bebesota Keychain, $9, available at etsy.com
Selena, Chingona Original Tumbler – Cultura Chingona
We are loving this Selena, Chingona Original tumbler from Cultura Chingona, which is perfect for both hot and cold drinks. It’s made out of metal and the lid is BPA-plastic free. It’s crucial to have water during the day especially when you’re going from class to class and don’t have time to go to the student store to buy a bottle. During the summertime throw some ice in there to keep the water cool throughout the day and for the winter it’s perfect for hot chocolate, tea, or cafecito.
Selena, Chingona Original Tumbler, $25, available at etsy.com
You Are Pan Dulce Laptop Sleeve – Creative Apparel US
If there is one item that you need for school, it’s the laptop sleeve. You’ll be carrying your laptop to and from class so you’ll need something to protect it. We are loving this You Are Pan Dulce laptop sleeve from Creative Apparel US because you can’t help but smile when you look at it. It’s water-resistant, durable, and comes in sizes 7″ up to 17″.
You Are Pan Dulce Laptop Sleeve, $24, available at etsy.com
Pan Dulce Backpack – Rosa Lee Emporium
Rosa Lee Emporium took the basic backpack and gave it a pan dulce makeover. It’s lightweight and waterproof and includes a custom name tag sewn inside for that added personal touch. It features 4 compartments – 1 main zip pocket, 1 front pocket, a bottle pocket on the side, and an inside compartment for a laptop or tablet and is made to order.
Pan Dulce Backpack, $42.49, available at etsy.com