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5 Unexpected Things Every Student Should Bring to College

Looking for the ultimate College Packing List for 2019? Here are 5 unexpected things every student should bring to college.

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The anticipation of going to college is excitingly and overwhelming.  You are so eager to be there you can’t contain yourself. At least, that’s how I was when I was first headed to college.   Before you leave the comforts of your parents home here are a few unexpected things that will surely transform your college experience. And I’ve got to admit that I’m jealous that this wasn’t around when I was heading to college. Whether you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior or a lifer, you can surely benefit from carrying these items.  
Now think power on the go.  With these items, you’ll reduce your dependency on electrical wall outlet power allowing you to take your studies out of the dorm room and to anywhere you decide to set up shop for the day.   Here is your list of Must-Haves for back to school college living.
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RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ LITHIUM+ HP 3.0 Ah Battery (2-Pack) Starter Kit with Charger and Bag

First things first, We need a good quality battery platform.  The RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ LITHIUM+ HP 3.0 Ah Battery (2-Pack) Starter Kit with Charger and Bag priced at $99.00 is one of the most affordable and reliable batteries on the market.   With this battery system, you are setting your student up for life in college and life after college.  It comes in a nice soft easy to carry bag.  With superior runtime, power, and performance, these batteries can take on more demanding applications than ever before.   The RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ LITHIUM+ HP 3.0 Ah Batteries have a durably constructed frame for impact protection and a built-in 4-bar illuminated charge indicator.  So always know how much power you have and don’t worry if it’s dropped. The small compact charger that comes with the kit can fully charge a battery in less than 1 hour.   The Ryobi batteries are part of the World’s Largest 18-Volt Tool System. 
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RYOBI 150 Watt Powered Inverter Generator 

Now that we have our battery system now its time to see where this power can take us.  New to the Ryobi 18-Volt Tool System is the RYOBI 150-Watt Powered Inverter Generator. Priced at $79.97 the RYOBI 150-Watt Powered Inverter Generator, of course, is battery operated and works with any of Ryobi’s  18-volt RYOBI ONE+ batteries.  This inverter is a convenient power source that provides 150 watts of continuous power output. It has 2 USB ports and one (1) 120-Volt outlet to charge your electronics on the fly, ideal for a laptop, smartphone, and other small electronics you might lug around. The RYOBI 150-Watt Powered Inverter Generator even has a Light-emitting diode (LED) light to illuminate the unit and whatever you’re trying to view in low lighting. 
With that kind of electrical resource at your disposal, you could in theory with adequate cell phone reception, set up a hot-spot in the middle of no-where.
5 Unexpected Things Every Student Should Bring to College

RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid Portable Fan 

College dorms can get hot and stuffy no matter what time of the year.  And I remember some dorms not even having AC altogether.   Don’t leave it up to chance by taking along your own portable fan.  You’re not limited by the limited number of electrical outlets in the room.  The RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid Portable Fan is priced at $39.97 and depending on the size of the battery can operate for hours on end.  This fan works on the RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ battery or it can be plugged directly into the wall. It’s ideal for indoor but can also be just as effective outdoors.

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RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid Stereo with Bluetooth Wireless Technology


College just isn’t college without the proper soundtrack.  The RYOBI Hybrid Stereo with Bluetooth Wireless Technology is priced at $79 and offers the flexibility that being wireless and Bluetooth brings. This radio works on the RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ battery or it can be plugged into the wall.   You can stream music wirelessly from Bluetooth enabled device or connect audio source through its auxiliary port. This radio also offers AM and FM stations via the digital display.  You can even charge your charge smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices using the USB ports.  Some of the many additional features include: a built-in phone tray for protecting and storing all sizes of phones while charging or streaming a video online.  The RYOBI Hybrid Stereo also has a built-in audio equalizer that allows the user to adjust the bass and treble levels to his or her liking.
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Cell Phone and Electronics Repair Kit 

And lastly, you’ll need a small repair kit for your electronics. Because let’s face it, the only thing you’ll probably attempt to fix would be your cell phone, laptop, and gaming tech. Phones and laptops drop all the time.   It could even be your glasses that break. So for moments when a piece of tech starts fraying at the edge and just needs a screw tightened or a more complex task that needs screwdriver and pliers fit for a smartphone or laptop, you don’t want to be without your trusty General Tools Cell Phone and Electronics Repair Kit.   It’s priced at $16.32 and is a bargain if it avoids a trip to the repair center.

This kit, it includes:
  • A suction cup for removing smartphone screens.
  • A magnetic bowl to manage loose screws.
  • An aluminum body precision screwdriver with a magnetic head, palm saver cap and 60 mm extension shaft.
  • A 180 mm metal spudger, double-sided mini pry bar, and chain nose serrated jaw pliers.
  • It also includes 24 various screwdriver bits.
5 Unexpected Things Every Student Should Bring to College


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