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10 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Casper to Cotopaxi

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It’s officially August, which means back-to-school shopping is about to ramp up exponentially. Today’s sweep of the internet’s sales bins uncovered lots of great deals to ensure a stylish start to the academic year, including a design-minded lunch bag, a leakproof water bottle, and classic checked kicks.

You too can look as effortlessly cool as the Polo bear in this navy baseball cap.

These insulated lunch bags come in an array of stylish designs, including this understated color block.

Don’t forget to pack a water bottle with your kids’ lunch. CamelBak’s Eddy+ model is beloved by kids and adults for its convenient drinking straw. Marketing manager Summer Langton calls hers a WFH essential because it allows her to “drink hands-free while typing.”

Casper’s Back to School Sale has started with lots of mattress discounts, but you can also find a deal on the low-loft model of this down pillow, which Strategist writer Latifah Miles cited as one of the Best in Class. “Balanced between cushiony and supportive, the Casper down pillow has a five-chamber construction and is filled with feathers and white duck-down material,” Miles writes. If you prefer a pillow with slightly less height, this one is now 40 percent off.

Vans’ classic checkerboard slip-ons are a favorite of Nick Jonas, who says he owns two or three pairs “because they’re so easy to throw on and pair with anything.” We’re especially a fan of this muted duck-green colorway.

Backcountry is taking up to 60 percent off gear and apparel during its Summer Send-off Sale. Rep the stripes of your favorite national park with Pendleton’s supersoft acrylic beanie.

Cotopaxi’s half-zip fleece (in very autumnal colors) is the perfect companion on a brisk day. Two hidden pockets can help carry essentials and warm up chilly hands.

Tech writer Kyle Schurman mentioned Kasa several times in his list of the best smart plugs. You can create an on-off schedule for any device connected to it, and its compact design won’t needlessly block other power outlets.

If it’s been a while since you brought lunch to work, this straightforward utensil set comes with a handy carrying case for easy portability. While you’re at it, we suggest stocking up on OXO’s food-storage containers as well.

Finally, Giro’s sturdy, dependable models showed up twice in our roundup of the best bike helmets. The Radix has a built-in visor to keep the sun out of your eyes, and its vented design helps you keep a cool head.

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

10 Things on Sale You’ll Want: From Casper to Cotopaxi