2021 Back to School Stationery You Need

August 9, 2021

Well It’s that time again. Either your kids, you or someone you know is about to be sitting in a classroom and with these posts my job is to make sure you have the best stationary your money can buy.

Ready? First up, my favorite stationery straight from my pen pouch. But let me give a little background as to where this request came from. So,I’ve been out of collage for some time now but because I love stationery SO much I still have friends and family asking about stationery for “Back to School”. 

Questions like: “What stationery would you recommend for my kids that won’t break the bank?” or “I always just pick the basic pens and pencils, I need help!”. 

Basic? What is that? Never heard of it. Don’t get me wrong, we all know you don’t need some fancy pens to do well in school. I do love a good-ol classic BIC pen every now and then (because I love a bold / thick pointed pen). That pen just didn’t make it to this list because it’s a capped pen and those tend to bleed onto your bag. And who wants a huge ink stain showing on your backpack? Back to the point. The list I would recommend for anyone’s school (or not) pen/ pencil pouch. Just so we are clear this list is more for the junior high school to college level Student (or just pen lover). Hope this helps!

All items below are clickable for more information. (LINKS WILL BE ADDED BY ERNESE)


  1. Sharpie S Gel 1.0 (I prefer the 1.0 over the 0.7)
  2. Kokuyo ME Gel Pens (black ink) 0.5
  3. KACO Retractable Gel Ink Pens 0.5
  4. Energel Clena (black ink) 0.5
  5. Uni-Ball PIN Pen (black oil based ink) quick dry & great for transparent paper. 01-03
  6. ZEBRA Sarasa X20 Retractable Gel Ink Pens (available in blue and black ink) 0.5
  7. PILOT FriXion ColorSticks Erasable Gel Ink Stick Pens, Fine Point (assorted colors) 0.7
  8. Tul Retractable Ballpoint Medium 1.0 Pen (available in blue and black ink)


  1. Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers
  2. ZIG Clean Color Dot Markers
  3. Sharpie Clear View Highlighter Stick

Pencil & Eraser:

  1. Ticonderoga Pencils, Wood-Cased, Graphite #2 HB Soft, Black
  2. I also get my retractable pencils from dollar stores like Dollar Tree (they usually have great brands to choose from) or Daiso if you’re in California. They have quality minimal colored options too. 
  3. Paper Mate 70624 White Pearl Erasers