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Back to School: Back-to-School Essentials

The gear to make your first day a little easier


Summer is almost over and doors will soon reopen to welcome back students for another school year. Store shelves are stocked with back-to-school supplies and clothing stores have new fall fashions. Do you have all the essentials? Check out this list of gadgets, stylish clothes and accessories you need to be prepared for this upcoming school year.

iPad Use this sleek tablet to type up class notes, surf the Web, e-mail a professor and even download your textbooks. No need to lug around bulky 900-page history books with this svelte 1.5-pound device.

Duracell Rechargeable Instant USB Charger This portable power device will come in handy when your Lithium Ion-dependant devices need some extra juice. It can charge iPhones, BlackBerrys and other devices with a USB, micro-USB or mini-USB port.


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Microsoft Office 2010 Need to write up a term paper or create a PowerPoint presentation? You’ll want to upgrade your Microsoft software to stay up-to-date and on top of your class assignments.

Timex Dual Alarm Clock Radio with Projection Display Don’t miss the bus with this AM/FM radio alarm clock that projects the time on your bedroom wall or ceiling. It also acts as a speaker for your MP3 player.

Jeggings They look like jeans but have the feel and stretch of leggings, making them the greatest invention since the Snuggie. These pants will not only be stylish for the ladies but extra comfortable.

TI-84 Plus Calculator Be prepared for math class with this Texas Instrument graphing calculator. It’s battery operated and a great “solution” for those tough math problems.

Customizable Converse Sneakers The black and white Chuck Taylor’s are classic, but what about customizing your own pair of kicks and adding your initials? Tradition be damned, the range of new designs and patterns make Converse a perfect pair of shoes for all ages.

Plaid Shirts Popular for both girls and guys, plaid shirts come in a ton of colors and pair well with jeans. Layer them and cuff the sleeves for an added touch to your outfit.

JanSport Superbad Backpack This backpack comes in five different colors and has added padding and cushioning for comfort. Includes a sleeve for a laptop and side water bottle pocket to stay hydrated on something other than soda.

Five Star Flex Weekly Assignment Book Write down your assignments and stay organized with this student planner. Comes in an assortment of colors and has flex tech lock rings.

Sharpie Pen Grip This new pen from Sharpie has ink that won’t bleed through paper and has a soft grip for writing comfort. It is also great for teachers who need to grade assignments because it comes in five fun colors.

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