Curly Crafty Mom: Gym Bag Essentials for Middle Schoolers

Monday, August 7, 2017

Gym Bag Essentials for Middle Schoolers

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My son is going into his first year of middle school next year and the teacher warned us that they will need to pack deodorant with them in their gym bag. This may also be the year that he will need to get braces, so good oral hygiene is important for him, too. Today I'm sharing some Gym Bag Essentials for Middle Schoolers, including natural Tom's of Maine® Original Care Deodorant and Tom's of Maine® Antiplaque & Whitening Toothpaste.

Shopping at Whole Foods
I went with my son to Whole Foods Market to pick up a fresh bar of Tom’s of Maine® Original Care Deodorant. I love that Whole Foods has a variety of Tom's of Maine® products for the entire family. His teacher has asked that we use an unscented variety and I was glad that Tom’s of Maine® offers an unscented deodorant. 

We also picked up Tom’s of Maine® Antiplaque & Whitening Toothpaste for him. With him possibly getting braces this year, I know he'll need to up his oral hygiene game and I'd like him to keep toothpaste and a toothbrush on hand for when he needs it.

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Gym Bag Essentials for Middle Schoolers

First, you will need a cinch sack. I find that this is easiest, especially since they can tuck it into the main pouch of their school bag. You'll want to include the Tom’s of Maine® deodorant and toothpaste. For the toothbrush, I usually include one of the free ones from their dentist in a plastic bag... or you could get them a fold up travel toothbrush.

Next, you'll want to be sure to include a refillable water bottle. I love this insulated one that is a glass bottle. My middle schooler loves lip balm and this can also be used if they have something rubbing the wrong way and they need to apply it to prevent irritation. I also like to include a healthy snack, such as a piece of fruit. I wrap it in a plastic bag, so it doesn't touch everything else in the bag.

Lastly, I include a face wipe, sweat towel and if you have a girl you'll want to include a headband and hair ties.

Don't forget their gym uniform and shorts!

Some other items you may want to include, but that I didn't include here are: ear buds, lock for a locker and extra socks.

Tom’s of Maine® is a trusted name in natural for over 47 years. Their products are made with no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances or preservatives, nor are they tested on animals. Even better, all of their packaging is recyclable through TerraCycle®. Visit to learn how. I also love that 10% of their profits go to human and environmental goodness.

Tom’s of Maine® has a Green your School for the Greater Good Program going on right now.

By choosing Tom’s of Maine®, you’re helping to create a $1,000,000 fund to help make schools more sustainable through

How the Green Your School for the Greater Good Program Works:

Imagine - Teachers identify ways they can educate their students about green initiatives

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Are you in back to school mode? Which Tom’s of Maine® products do you use? Be sure to save on Tom’s of Maine® deodorant HERE.
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