The 411: Tory’s Back-to-School Hot Picks

Well, here we go again: it’s time for the kids (and the grownups) to go back to school! And because we know getting ready for September can be a bit of a grind, we asked our friend Tory Johnson, E-Commerce Editor for GMA and curator of Weekly “Deals & Steals” on GMA Strahan & Sara, for some suggestions. Her rule of thumb: “For the most part, I think kids should get to choose what they want,” Tory says. “When you get them involved, it makes them more invested in the process and instills pride in their possessions, too.” 

Pack it Up
No more missing or messy ice packs with the genius PackIt freezable lunch bags—the freezable gel is built right in. Plus, the designs are kid (and fun) approved: the colored camo is our pick because it won’t blend in with the rest. Buy it at

Totally Awesome
If I was heading into school on the first day, I’d want to walk in with this rainbow-and-metallic pack on my back, the super-cool result of a collaboration between kid-clothes brand Rockets of Awesome and State Bags. Buy it at

Get Graphic 
The graphic tees from Old Navy for boys and girls have unbeatable prices and seriously fun styles that will take your kiddos all the way through the school week. For Monday mornings, I’d go with “Heart Of Goals” followed by “Express Yourself” for my Tuesday attire. Buy them at

Early Birds
Cool in the heat and warm in the cold. Wicks moisture and minimizes odor. So soft you can wear them sockless. Machine washable and has a low carbon footprint. Allbirds, the revolutionary natural-materials-made footwear brand for adults, now has a limited-edition kids’ collection. Snag your pair now. Buy it at

Serious Supplies 
My favorite back-to-school to-do with the kids: Heading to Target to search for any and every supply under the sun—pens,pencils,cases,binders,notebooks,water bottles—and letting them choose exactly what they love. Buy it at