Equip: Top 12 Essentials for Going Back To School

Aug 25, 2023

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The new school year for 2023-24 is already upon us, which means it’s time to do some back-to-school shopping. Finding the best deals during this hectic shopping season can be a challenge, but we’re here to help. Whether you’re entering another year of high school or college, these 12 essentials will prepare you for going back to school.

1. UtyTrees Day Planner

Every new school year should start with a fresh day planner. This planner from UtyTrees covers 18 months from January 2023 to June 2024 and is full of helpful features, including a list of important dates and planning pages for months, weeks and individual days. However you like to organize your school calendar, UtyTrees has you covered.

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2. Pilot G2 Premium Gel Roller Pens

There are dozens of pen options available every new school year, but the Pilot G2 Premium Gel Roller Pens always seem to be the most popular. They write more smoothly than any other pen and come in an assortment of colors. They’re also so stylish that they can serve as accessories for your back-to-school outfits.

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3. Five Star Zipper Binder

Although laptops have largely overtaken looseleaf paper, you still need a binder for all of the worksheets and tests you receive from teachers. Five Star is the go-to office supply brand for durable binders and trapper keepers. This zipper binder also has plenty of extra pockets for your pens, pencils and other smaller items when going back to school.

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4. myCharge Portable Charger

A portable charger is a must-have for all students in 2023-24. You need a reliable charger for your phones, laptops and tablets that doesn’t keep you glued to the wall. Let’s say you’re driving to school one day and you realize your phone is almost dead. Rather than plugging it into a classroom outlet, you can charge it with this device instead.

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5. havit Laptop Cooling Pad

Tired of your laptop overheating and making loud noises during class? This cooling pad from havit is a simple solution to keeping your electronics at safe temperatures. It also has two USB ports for chargers or flash drives and adjustable heights, allowing you to use the pad in any classroom setting. 

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6. Logitech Wireless Mouse

This wireless mouse from Logitech is another laptop accessory you should get before going back to school. Mouses are easier to use than touchpads, and this one is ultra-durable. It should have no trouble lasting the entire year. You can pair it with up to three computers and use it for any application, whether you’re doing schoolwork or playing online games.

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7. Apple AirTags 4-Pack

If you have a bad habit of misplacing things, then you need a four-pack of Apple AirTags for the new school year. These simple tracking devices can attach to your phone, computer and other precious belongings so you always know where they are. If you lose something or fall victim to theft, you can instantly find the item’s location.

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8. Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones

Trying to do schoolwork surrounded by classmates or in a busy house is almost impossible. Bose’s noise-canceling headphones will block out these distractions and help you focus on your assignments. Other headphone companies claim to have noise-canceling headphones, but Bose is the real deal. Hurry and take advantage of the 20%-off sale before going back to school!

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9. Della Gao Travel Backpack

A quality backpack is the centerpiece of all back-to-school outfits. It should be both fashionable and functional, and this travel backpack from the Della Gao Store certainly checks both boxes. The sleek design fits with any style, has a special laptop sleeve and is 100% waterproof. It’s also light enough to haul across a college campus without weighing you down.

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10. Rocketbook Reusable Index Cards

Regular paper index cards are ridiculously wasteful. Rather than using them once and throwing them away, why not get some reusable index cards from Rocketbook? These cards are basically small whiteboards, allowing you to use them for your studies again and again without having to buy hundreds of paper index cards.

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11. Yeti Rambler Water Bottle

Reusable water bottles — flasks in particular — have become the latest fashion accessories for back-to-school outfits. Everyone seems to have a bottle from Hydroflask or Lululemon these days. We decided to go in a different direction for the new school year with the Yeti Rambler water bottle, which includes a shatter-resistant cap and double-wall vacuum insulation.

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12. Texas Instruments Scientific Calculator

Every student needs a capable calculator before going back to school, and there’s no better option than the TI-30XIIS scientific calculator from Texas Instruments. You can use this calculator for any math subject, from basic algebra to advanced calculus. It’s also solar-charged, so you never have to worry about losing power during an important test.

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Start the New School Year on a High Note

Going back to school is always a stressful time, from choosing the right classes to picking out the best back-to-school outfits. These 12 items will help you start the new school year on a high note, whether you’re gearing up for your first year at high school or your final year at college.

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Jack Shaw is a senior writer at Modded. Jack is an avid enthusiast for keeping up with personal health and enjoying nature. He has over five years of experience writing in the men's lifestyle niche, and has written extensively on topics of fitness, exploring the outdoors and men's interests. His writings have been featured in SportsEd TV, Love Inc., and Offroad Xtreme among many more publications.