After weeks of warm-weather enjoyment, it’s time for parents to begin stocking up on must-haves—and fall favorites—in anticipation of the start of the school year. To help get kids ready for a return to routine learning, we asked The Scout Guide editors across the country to scout a variety of fun and functional back-to-school items from the local stores they love. From adorable first-day-of-school outfits to essentials like backpacks and water bottles, these picks will have little ones ready to start the year off in style.

A cute carry-all 

BACK TO SCHOOL BACKPACK // Available for purchase from Dondolo in Dallas, Texas.

The interstellar pack

SOPHIE ALLPORT SPACE BACKPACK // Available for purchase from Hive in Palm Beach, Florida.

The sweet berry basic

LITTLE ENGLISH CLOTHING DRESS // Available for purchase from The Holiday in Mobile, Alabama. For details: 251.342.4911

The polo with personality

RED/WHITE HALYARD POLO // Available for purchase from Gigi and Jays in Fairhope, Alabama.

The creative necessity

OOLY ART SUPPLIES // Available for purchase from Lolly Garden in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For details: 918.742.6300

A staple with a twist

YELLOW LAMB WHITE SCALLOPED BLOUSE // Available for purchase from The Toggery in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The portrait-ready polo

TBBC LIGHT BLUE POLO //  Available for purchase from The Carousel in Williamsburg, Virginia. For details: 757.229.1710

The colorful classic

LITTLE LILY CLASSIC SHIFT // Available for purchase from Three Cabanas in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The must-have accessory

NEWPORT BELT // Available for purchase from Baumans in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The swell essential 

MATCH POINT S’WELL WATER BOTTLE // Available for purchase from B. Kids in Fort Worth, Texas.

The darling denim topper

DENIM JACKET // Available for purchase from Garage Boutique in Scottsdale Arizona. For details: 480.556.6900

 

The lunch buddy

BARI LYNN CAMP PUFFY LUNCHBOX // Available for purchase from Vann & Liv in Greenville, South Carolina.

The indispensable catch-all

PENCIL ZIPPER BAG // Available for purchase from Peggy’s Gifts & Accessories in Lexington, Kentucky.

The wardrobe builder

PERRY TWILL PANT // Available for purchase from Castle House in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The ready-for-anything romper

LILY PULITZER SUNDARI ROMPER // Available for purchase from Low Tide in Urbanna, Virginia. For details: 804. 758.4444

The go-everywhere kicks

BLOWFISH MALIBU KIDS’ MARLEY-K SLIP ON // Available for purchase from Hazel Twenty Boutique in Asheville, North Carolina

The slip-on on skips

MALIBU SLIP-ON SNEAKER // Available for purchase online from Goodnight Moon in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The natural doodler

PINE CRAYON BUNDLE // Available for purchase from Lucia’s World Emporium in Lexington, Kentucky.