When it’s time to go back to school, it’s important to be prepared. There’s plenty of technology that you’ll need for your studies. Plus, there’s a plethora of tech accessories that claim to make your life easier. But how do you know which ones are the best for you? Here, we explore the top 12 tech accessories you need for the school year.

1. Phone Case

A phone case is like armor for your phone. It protects the corners, back and edges and lessens the impact of vibration and shock if the phone is dropped. It may also help lessen the damage from water and the elements. Plus, it comes in lots of pretty colors and designs.

Luckily, phone cases are affordable. And they are nothing like the hard plastic cases of yesteryear, which were flimsy and broke easily. You’ll only want to buy new ones when you get a new phone or want a different design, rather than have to because it broke from a hard bump. Don’t forget to protect your new iPhone 14 with a phone case!

2. Compact Phone Charger

It’s necessary to take a phone charger with you when you go off to school, but you don’t need the hassle of cables and adapters. A compact phone charger is slim and small, perfect for fitting into your pocket, purse or book bag. Some models are wireless, while others have a USB connection. With most, you can fully charge your phone in about an hour.

3. Portable Bluetooth Speaker

There are times when you want privacy and only want to be able to focus on what you’re listening to without anyone else being able to hear. But when you’re with friends listening to music or alone listening to a recorded lecture, a speaker is a great device for amplifying sound in the room for your mental engagement.

Wirelessly connect your laptop, smartphone, tablet or another electronic device to a portable Bluetooth speaker. Some models are built to travel and can survive drops, falls and the elements.

4. AirPod Case Cover

You shouldn’t have to worry about keeping your AirPods safe. That’s why we carry AirPod case covers, which not only protect them but are compostable because of their plant-based materials. The Flaxstic™ material is soft to the touch as well as durable.

5. Adjustable Lap Desk/Stand for Laptop

Most students have a laptop for research and homework. That way you can study on the bus, between classes or at the library. And when you’re at home, you want to be able to study anywhere, too. That’s where the laptop adjustable lap desk and stand come in. It’s versatile enough to be used on your lap or desk.

6. Liquid Screen Protector

Are you tired of buying plastic screen protectors? As a zero-waste solution, a liquid screen protector safeguards your phone from scratches, cracks and breaks. Each bottle has enough for three phones.

7. Stylus

Touchscreens are everywhere. They’re on tablets, phones and some laptops. Sure, you can use your finger. But that’s not always accurate, and your finger will leave smudges all over your screen. A stylus is a great tool to use with any touchscreen. It allows you to draw and take notes more easily. With some models and supporting software, you can choose different pen colors and insert images into your notes.

8. Silicone Keyboard Cover

Spilled liquids, crumbs and other particles can get into your keyboard, causing the keys to malfunction. With laptops, it can be difficult to take out the keys and clean the keyboard yourself. A silicone keyboard cover will protect your laptop from liquid and debris. They are affordable, easy to clean, durable and heat-resistant. You simply place it on the keyboard’s surface and type as you usually do.

9. Cable Protectors

One of the issues with charging cables is that they start to fray and bend where the charging end connects to the cable. Cable protectors are not only colorful, but also create a durable layer over that end, making your charging cables last longer.

10. Blue Light-Blocking Glasses

Anyone who looks at a computer screen receives harmful UV or blue light, which is why your eyes feel sore, dry and tired after a while. It can also give you a headache. The strain on the eyes might feel like having to squint to see while driving on a sunny day with glare in your window.

A bigger problem is that looking at screens can disrupt your sleep patterns. Blue light-blocking glasses block up to 99% of blue light, allowing you to read for longer periods of time and to be able to sleep easier.

11. Six-Outlet Wall Charger and Surge Protector

As a student, you’re bound to have a lot of electrical cables. Even if you try to make many devices wireless, you’ll still have some cables to deal with. Unfortunately, dorms don’t come with enough wall outlets. A six-outlet wall charger and surge protector will ideally include two USB ports so you can charge a variety of devices at once while protecting against power surges.

12. White Noise Machine

Getting enough quality sleep is important for students who may stay up late studying. One of the challenges of being able to fall and stay asleep is having a quiet environment. Having a quiet space is also important for studying. As you know, student housing is not known for its calming atmosphere. A white noise machine can serve as a noise damper for outside noise and help you focus or relax without being distracted by your neighbors.