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Back to school checklist: Dressing for early September weather

Friday, August 29, 2014, 11:28 AM - It’s back to school time again! I remember always insisting on wearing my new school clothes the first week back regardless of the weather.

There I was in my new pants, long-sleeved shirt and sweater roasting in the early September heat.

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Now that I’m older and a mom, I know it’s best to dress for the weather and be comfortable. I always pack extra items in my kid's backpacks should the weather change during the school day.

Here is a checklist of items you may want to send so your kids are prepared for back to school weather:

  • Pants (if your child is wearing shorts or skirts to school)
  • Long-sleeved shirt (if your child is wearing t-shirts or tank tops)
  • Sweater (zip-up sweaters are a great choice because they can easily put them on or take them off if they are hot or cold)
  • Indoor shoes (shoes that you don’t want covered in mud if it rains)
  • Light-weight jacket with a hood (much easier for kids to pull on a hood than manage an umbrella)
  • Sun hat (will keep the hot sun off their heads or will keep them a little warmer if it’s cool)
  • Sunscreen (it’s still summer for most of September and the sun can still burn)
  • Refillable water bottle (they will need lots of water after running around with their friends at recess and after gym class)
  • One or two plastic bags (grocery store bags) are a good idea for clothes or shoes that might get wet or dirty

Also remember that schools may have the air conditioning running, so expect your kids to feel cooler inside the school. If it’s raining all day, your kids will be inside all day. Food-wise, there’s still lots of local summer-fresh fruits and veggies to be found that you can send for snacks in your child’s lunch bag to give them energy during the day. Here’s hoping that everyone has a great first day back to school and that the weather cooperates!

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