If your teen already has a laptop and you aren't sure what type of other electronics or devices they may want to head off to college, you want to make sure you spend your money on items they'll truly be able to use. There are a lot of different electronics and options out there, but your teen probably doesn't want to carry around several different items. Here a few things you may want to pick up for them before they head off to the dorms or campus.
A tablet is great for so many reasons for any teen heading off to college. With a tablet they can easily do the following:
- Record lectures
- Read their school books online
- Email with teachers and students
- Complete assignments
- Enjoy a screen larger than a phone
- Take notes and create documents
They don't have to carry around a laptop to their classes if they have a tablet, but yet they have a bigger screen than what you would get with a phone.
You don't want your teen to get up and have a dead phone or tablet, or not be able to find their items when they are in a hurry. Get a charging station for them to put their electronic devices in, so everything is put in one place and fully charged when they wake up for class or are about to head somewhere at night. Charging stations are available in a variety of colors and sizes to fit your teen's needs. Read more about charging stations here.
It may seem silly but if the lights go out and their phone can't charge, or if they are in a vehicle and can't find their phone, it will be nice for them to have a flashlight. This will allow them to look around through the living space to move safely, and it will come in use if they need to see long distances to get to safety. This is something you can get an affordable price with LED lights.
If you are saying goodbye to your teen as they head off to college for the first time, and you aren't sure which items are worth the cost and which are a waste of money, these are three things you know they should end up using, and that won't cost you a lot of money. Talk with your teen to see what other items they may want or need.