5 Back to School Tech Finds

by - August 12, 2019













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It's officially that time ladies and gentleman, to get back into the swing of things and get ready for school. Even though I don't start classes in September, I understand that many (including my siblings and friends) start in August. With that in mind, I thought I'd create a list of tech essentials for the new school year.

1. Backup Disk

I honestly can't think of something more important to have as the school year starts. I personally use this 2TB Seagate backup drive to ensure that I always have a second copy just in case my laptop decides to stop working. I also use Google Drive to back up my personal items a bit more frequently, but I seriously don't think you can do any wrong having multiple copies of your documents in case something gets corrupted. In this day and age, you really can't be too careful with your personal docs, and as a soon to be freshman in college I know the nightmare of losing everything is not something I want to experience.

2.  Reusable Insulated Water Bottle

I don't know whether you'd consider this a "tech" find, but I included it anyway because water bottles have really improved from the ones "back in the day" and are now keeping your drinks cooler (or warmer) for longer. I love when school restarts because it typically means I get back to my daily hydrated self. Summer is great, but I normally find that I don't drink nearly as much water as I should, and school helps me to get back into the rhyme of things. I suggest getting an insulated water bottle for school, and I found this great one on Amazon.

3. Laptop Case


It's super important to keep your laptop protected because it's practically an extension of yourself. That's why I suggest getting a laptop case like the one linked here. I was actually sent this one, by the company and have been using it for the past year. With that, I can seriously say it is a great laptop case! I love the fact that it has an outside pocket that makes it super easy to carry school supplies like pens and sticky notes inside of it. I only have three things that detract from my overall love of it. One, it doesn't really have a textured surface and the fabric they used for the outside is tough to keep from slipping in your hands. I also wish that it came in different colors because I love feminine touches included with my school supplies.

4. Alexa Echo Dot


This is definitely not a device that you "must-have", but is something that has made my life abundantly easier. Instead of having my annoying analog alarm clock go off in the morning I can wake up to music of my choosing with my Alexa. It also doubles as a speaker and personal assistant. Don't tell Apple, but I think that Alexa may be a smidge better than Siri - at least for me. It doesn't have quite as many capabilities, but there are a ton of free (and paid for) plugins that can allow you to add things like meditations and games so that it can be customized to your needs. My sister and I actually use to play heads up on my Alexa which is surprisingly more fun than you probably think.

5. iPad 5th Generation

I won't lie I left the iPad train behind in middle school after I got a lapotp for high school, but now that I'm looking to start college it's looking like a great option again. When searching for the best iPad option for me I knew I wanted something that could work with the apple pencil so that I could do handwritten notes. Not only would this be a more environmentally friendly option, but it's also easier to keep up with. After researching my needs I found that the 5th generation iPad would be the Walmart. I know most would now ask, but why didn't you just get the iPad pro, and I'd argue that I don't need that level of processing power since I only plan to take notes on this device. I still have a phone and laptop to use for video and photo editing. Anway, if you want to try out taking notes online or just want to try out digital calligraphy this is a great option that won't break the budget!

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47 comments

  1. The backup disk is one of the most important school supplies. When you are in school all sorts of things can happen to computers.

    Lindifique

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    1. I agree Natalia it's so important to have a backup disk for those rainy days. No one wants to lose everything. Thanks for reading!

      xx Avalon

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    1. That's so great! Especially since it's a super small way to protect the Earth. :)

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  3. Soo important to back up your computer files! You've reminded me I should really do this

    Jenny | Local Leo

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    1. So happy this post helped remind you Jenny! I agree that's probably one of the most important things you can do to protect your files. :)

      xx Avalon

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  4. A laptop case is an absolute must-have indeed!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. I'm happy you agree Jessica! I could never leave with my laptop not in one.

      xx Avalon

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  5. These are great ideas, especially the Echo dot! I might have to get that for my daughter before she leaves for college!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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    1. That's great Jill! I hope she enjoys it. Just make sure it's supported on your daughter's college network.

      xx Avalon

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  6. Yes these are all must haves and in particular the backup disk. Wish they had this when I was in school but we only had zip disks so had a ton of them!

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  7. Great post, many thanks for sharing

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  8. Great school essentials, thanks for sharing these finds.

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  9. These are essential. I agree with the water bottle most.
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  10. Interesting post !

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  11. They're good suggestions! I've nothing of these!

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  12. Tech is definitely changing the game and has changed so much since I was in school. Good ideas!

    Amy Ann
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  13. Great post. Lovely blog.

    Would visit again. :)

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  14. I have the iPad and the Apple Pen and I admit it has replaced my laptop in many work situations - it is just so convenient to be able to really write.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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  15. Thanks for sharing your post, I personally didn't love the iPad however love the Apple Laptop it's very useful indeed.

    Laura xo
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  16. Thanks for this post! Definitely agree on the backup disk and the water bottle!

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  17. This is super helpful, love the list! I agree getting something like an iPad would make note taking much easier and exo friendly. YES to an insulated bottle, k love bringing it to school with me and filling it with tea. Thanks for sharing!

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

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  18. I'm not studying anymore, but these all sound great! That water bottle sounds fancy, I definitely need to look into that! As at the moment I just have a standard plastic one xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  19. That backup is essential, I think most of us don't even realise how important it is until we successfully loose our data!

    LackaDaisy

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  20. Disk is really useful. I would die if I lose my notes!

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  21. Great post with awesome information! Thanks.

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  22. Great tech recs, I know a lot of my friends love the Echo Dot and I like the sound of the water bottle for myself! Thank you for sharing, hope you are having a wonderful day xx

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  23. You got that right ! ..my Alexa Echo dot has made my life much easier. These items are essential. Great post .

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  24. A good reusable water bottle is def key!
    TGIF!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

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  25. Woww so many good picks here Hun! Have a lovely week :)

    Grace Louise || www.gracelouiseofficial.blogspot.co.uk/

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  26. These are all great things for back to school! I need to get myself a laptop case and I never thought about using my iPad to take notes. Definitely going to give that a try. Thank you for the recommendations!

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  27. Having these tech things would have been so useful and easier when I was back in school!

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  28. These are great back to school techs! It is so important to have some sort of backup. I found cloud backups also useful because you don't need to worry about the disk failing. Oooh, having an iPad with an Apple Pencil is a gamechanger in school! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  29. Thanks for sharing these. A laptop case is an absolute must for me when I carry my laptop anywhere which is probably one of the reasons it's still alive.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

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  30. The backup disk is sooooo important. When I was in grade school we use floppy disks and I literally have a plastic box case full of it XD

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

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  31. Yes to all of these! It will definitely change the students life especially if it's heavy on acads.

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  32. While I'm not going back to school I do need an insulated water bottle! My current stainless steel one can get a lot of condensation on it on a hot day!

    Hope that your week is off to a great start!

    Away From Blue

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  34. A big yes for the reusable bottle, think it is our favorite hack of all :)
    Wish you a lovely week,

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  35. Thanks for the suggestions. Have a great week.

    Gemma x
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  36. Very helpful post! Thanks for sharing :)

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  37. I love my Alexa & am in need of a new laptop case. This post came at a perfect time

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  38. Great one
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