13 Essential Back to School Items for Your Little Lion

13 Essential Back to School Items for Your Little Lion

It’s hard to believe that it is already time to start thinking about back to school shopping. As a kid, few things brought me more joy than picking out new school supplies, clothing, and of course a new backpack each August. The end of summer was always a time filled with excitement and anticipation as I prepared to start a new year in a new grade. For my parents, especially my mom who was a teacher, I can imagine it was somewhat different; likely a time filled with panic and stress as everyone in the household had to bid adieu to the carefree days of summer and adapt to a new schedule.

I hope that this year Lions Pride can help take the stress out of your final days of summer and assist you with your back to school shopping. To make the end of summer more enjoyable for your whole family, I have compiled a list of essential items for your little Nittany Lion as he/she heads back into the classroom. The locally-owned State College retailer is truly your one-stop back to school shop. So, take a deep breath, relax and shop from the comfort of your own home for these must-have items for fall. All products pictured are also available at Lions Pride’s downtown location.

  1. Penn State Lanyard

Lions Pride has a large selection of lanyards which are perfect for holding keys and displaying school IDs. Your little lion will be thrilled to show his/her Penn State pride each day wearing one of the store’s many designs.


  1. Under Armour Penn State Youth Novelty Fleece Hoodie

It has been next to impossible for Lions Pride to keep this hooded sweatshirt in-stock. Over the last six months, each shipment has sold out in a matter of weeks. It is THAT popular with kids. This 100% polyester fleece hood will quickly become your Little Lion’s favorite layering piece to wear back to school.

novelty fleece hood

  1. Penn State Pencil 5 Pack

When I was little, I always loved shopping for the following two back to school items: crayons and pencils! While Lions Pride doesn’t currently sell crayons, these adorable navy and white lion logoed pencils are a must-have for any child heading back to school.


  1. Under Armour Penn State Youth Eliminator Short

Your kids will instantly love Under Armour’s Eliminator short. The lightweight woven fabric is breathable and cool for those hot late-August and early-September days. In addition to having the Under Armour logo, these shorts are also outfitted with the Nittany Lion logo so that your little Penn State fan can show off his/her school spirit.

eliminator short

  1. Logo Halftime Lunch Cooler

You won’t be disappointed by the quality of this durable lion-logoed lunch cooler. Not only does it have a leak proof liner, it also has a handy, removable shoulder strap. This lunch cooler is perfect for children of all ages.

lunch cooler

  1. Under Armour Storm Hustle 3 Backpack

Available in four different colors, the Under Armour Storm backpacks has been one of the biggest hits of the summer. Priced at and affordable $68 and well worth every penny, this backpack is storm treated and water resistant to protect it from the elements. It has plenty of storage space including a soft, tricot-lined laptop sleeve and has two side water bottle pockets. Like the logo halftime lunch cooler, this item is perfect for boys and girls of all ages and will last for years. Now your only question should be which color to get!

storm backpack

  1. Under Armour Penn State Color Block Girls Hoodie

This hooded sweatshirt may feel like cotton, but it performs like Under Armour with superior technology to keep the wearer dry and comfortable. With banded cuffs and a banded bottom, this item is perfect for all seasons and will quickly become a favorite. The bright pink sleeves and hood provide a pop of color to contrast the gray body of the garment. The lion logo is boldly and proudly printed across the front so that everyone will see your child’s Nittany Lion spirit.

UA girls hoodie

  1. Navy and White Pomchie

Made from nylon and spandex, this is the perfect Penn State spirit item that doubles as a pom pom and hair tie.


  1. Youth Paw Back Penn State Long Sleeve T-Shirt

This item has long been a favorite at Lions Pride. Available in all sizes from infant to adult, everyone, including your back to school crew, will love the soft feel and classic design of this shirt. It is truly a timeless piece that your Little Lion will love.

youth paw back

  1. Youth Rock’em Star and Stripe Socks

I am sure that I don’t have to tell you how popular socks have been over the last few years. With today’s youth, the crazier the sock, the better. One of our new favorite sock designs blends the American flag with the lion logo. Your son and/or daughter will love both the comfortable fit of this sock, and the crazy design. Don’t forget to check out the other crazy new socks we have by clicking here.

Rock'em socks

  1. Penn State Water Bottle

Lions Pride has one of the most extensive inventories of Penn State water bottles in town. We all know how important it is to keep your child healthy and hydrated throughout the day, so it is imperative you have this item on your child’s back to school list. Right now, several popular and colorful designs are on sale, so don’t delay in purchasing one for your little Penn Stater.


  1. Under Armour Penn State Youth ¼ Zip Top

This item from Under Armour is the perfect layering piece for fall and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Your child will love the ultra-soft tech fabric that provides unrivaled comfort.

youth ziip

  1. Nike Penn State Power Backpack

Last, but certainly not least, is Penn State’s Nike Power Backpack. Worn by all the Penn State varsity athletes, this item is durable and able to withstand the daily grind. Complete with a large Nike swoosh and lion logo, this special piece is a must-have for any diehard Nittany Lion fan.

power backpack

Best of luck getting your Little Lions ready for school this year, Nittany Nation. WE ARE!

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