"Back" To "School"

All The “Back” To “School” Stuff We’re Actually Shopping

Illustration by Genie Espinosa
While many schools and companies have indicated their plans to reopen campuses and offices this fall, new CDC guidelines regarding the Delta variant have led to a whole lot of uncertainty with this targeted timeline. Our desire to be back in person with our people again is at odds with the inherent anxiety of the unknown. So, whether that means heading back to in-person learning full-time, trying to figure out what "hybrid" means, or keeping things Zoom-only this fall, one thing is for certain: No matter our upcoming work set-ups, we're bringing with us a new appreciation for the gear that’s kept us healthy and supported this past year.
We, your dedicated product enthusiasts on the R29 Shopping team, are sharing a curated selection of the goods we plan to invest in as we gear up for the season ahead. We've taken stock of all that we've learned about the items that treat our bodies well: the stress-relievers, hygienic bento boxes, not-ugly office chairs, fan-favorite Moleskines, crisp new packs of highlighters, cord-pouch organizers, and other sworn-by gems that keep our workweeks afloat. Ahead, discover all the best back-on-track stuff our product-obsessed team is planning to shop this fall.
The pandemic is still ongoing, and our understanding of the best safety practices is continuing to evolve. For the latest recommendations and guidelines, we suggest visiting COVID-related resources provided by your local health department, the WHO, and the CDC, and staying up-to-date about your rights in the workplace. For more news about COVID and how it affects our lives, check out Refinery29's reporting on the pandemic here.
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