Penguins and monkeys and bees, oh my! These insulated lunch boxes make snack time fun, with cutesy animal shapes that kids and adults can love. Lunchies by Skip Hop, $14.95 at Olly, Centerton Square, Route 38, Mount Laurel, (856) 222-3440
On the go. With arch support and breathable mesh lining, these quick-dry sneakers will keep growing feet fresh during serious playtime—no laces required. Kid’s Merrill Waterpro Z-Rap, $55, Carl’s Shoes, 27 W. Main St, Moorestown, (856) 235-6223
Organize it. Short and narrow or tall and thin—these sturdy modular drawers come in three widths and two heights, with coordinating baskets and open shelves, allowing you to customize your dorm space. Like-it Modular Drawers, $19.99-34.99 at The Container Store, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, (856) 317-7134
Add some bling. Transform a ho-hum locker with these decoration kits (pictured), featuring vibrant wallpaper, dry-erase boards and magnetic bins to hold cell phones or pencils. Or step things way up with a battery-powered chandelier. Locker Lookz, $7.99-$25.99 at Mixellaneous, 947 Route 73 S., Marlton, (856) 574-4310
Pencil it in. Don’t miss another Biology class, midterm review or get-together. These pocket-sized books make it easy to plan ahead. Planner by MyAgenda, $43 at The Paper Trail and More, 45 Kings Highway E., Haddonfield, (856) 429-4001
In living color. The newest addition to the e-reader circuit is compact, versatile and features a full-color touch screen—perfect for kids’ books or a required reading list. Nook Color, $249 at Barnes and Noble, 200 Route 70 W., Marlton, (856) 596-7058
Beauty and brawn. This functional pack has pockets for gear and accessories, a vented shoe compartment for smelly cleats, plus a hidden sleeve for toting your field hockey sticks. Bully backpack by STX, $54.99 at Her Sport, 114 Kings Highway E., Haddonfield, (856) 795-7514
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 5 (August, 2011).
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