Back to School Essentials for Your Shopping List

The Back to School season is in full swing. Get ready for the upcoming school year with essentials like a lightweight laptop, affordable headphones or a durable backpack to carry all your gear. Check out our suggestions below, and get your shopping done early!


Your brain is working overtime during the school year, but that doesn’t mean your back has to! Feather-light notebooks are just what you need, and luckily, an increasing number of non-bulky models are debuting on the market.

HP Spectre

HP Spectre Thin and Lightweight Laptop
Image: Amazon

The HP Spectre is the world’s thinnest full-power laptop at just 10.4 mm thick and weighing only 2.4 pounds. It comes with either a Core i5 or Core i7 processor. Check out CNET’s full review for more details.

Buy it on Amazon: 2016 HP Spectre 13, $1,494.00

Samsung Notebook 9

Samsung Notebook 9
Image: Newegg

Hailed as “Samsung’s first great laptop” by Digital Trends, the Samsung Notebook 9 weighs 2.9 pounds and is 14.5 mm thick when closed. Read the full review on Digital Trends.

Buy it on Newegg: Samsung Notebook 9, $1,199.00


Owning a pair of good headphones is an absolute must nowadays. With time to kill between classes and the long commute home, you shouldn’t settle for something that’s not both comfortable and high-quality.

HD One On-Ear Headphones

The Status Audio HD One On-Ear Headphones
Image: The Status Audio

The Status Audio have set out to disrupt the audio industry by offering headphones that deliver superior sound at a fraction of the price of some of the most popular brands on the market. This model is foldable and has a detachable cable.

Get it on The Status Audio: HD One On-Ear Headphones, $44.00

Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones

Bose In-Ear Headphones
Image: Amazon

If over-the-ear headphones aren’t your thing, Bose has a good selection of earbuds. This selection can double as your workout headphones because they’re sweat-proof and will actually stay put thanks to the proprietary Stay Hear tips that conform to your ear shape.

Buy it on Amazon: Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones $99.00

Coffee Machines

Fuel your mornings and late-night study marathons with a machine that delivers coffee that’s just a notch above the ordinary.

Philips Gourmet Coffee Filter Machine

Philips Coffee Machine
Image: Tchibo

Cheap coffee machines tend to make cheap-tasting coffee. When flavor is a priority, the Philips Gourmet Coffee Machine could be your savior. It incorporates a “direct-brew” principle where the water is boiled before the coffee is brewed, producing a tastier cup of joe.

Get it from Tchibo: Philips Gourmet Coffee Filter Machine, €129.00

Smarter Coffee Machine

Smarter Coffee Machine with smartphone app
Image: Smarter

It’s 2016, so of course you can now make a cup of coffee via your smartphone. Grind beans and brew a fresh cup from anywhere in your home with the Smarter Coffee Machine.

Get it from Smarter: Smarter Coffee Machine, £179.99


If you still fancy note-taking the old fashioned way, you’ll need a solid notebook to get you through the school year.

CIAK Large Notebook

Faux Leather Journal
Image: The Journal Shop

The CIAK notebook from The Journal Shop is an eco-friendly option. The soft cover is made of faux leather and the paper inside is acid-free and recycled.

Buy it from The Journal Shop: CIAK Large Notebook, Ruled, £12.50

The Tailored Journal in Chambray

Sugar Paper Chambray Cover Notebook
Image: Sugar Paper

The Tailored Journal in Chambray has a gold foil polka dot interior and a ribbon to help you easily pick up where you left off. You even have the option of personalizing it with your name.

Buy it from Sugar Paper: The Tailored Journal, Chambray, $32.00


Finding a good backpack is tricky. You want something that has enough compartments to keep you organized but is also durable and long-lasting. Here are two that could fit the bill for your Back to School shopping list.

Under Armour Storm Hustle II Backpack

Under Armour Backpack
Image: Amazon

This option from Under Armour has almost 1,000 near-perfect reviews on Amazon. It features a water-resistant finish, a 15” laptop sleeve, an abrasion-resistant bottom panel and pockets galore — three inside and five on the outside.

Get it on Amazon: Under Armour Storm Hustle II Backpack, $54.99

Herringbone Organized Backpack

Herringbone Organized Backpack in Ebony Grey
Image: MochiThings

This bag is a great option for keeping all of your things neatly stashed and within reach throughout the day. It has a removable insert organizer that fits a laptop up to 17″ and can also carry items like your phone, small notepad, water bottle, etc. The outside has two side pockets and one along the front.

Get it from MochiThings: Herringbone Organized Backpack, $131.96 (Limited time sale price).

Get All Your Back to School Shopping Done With Borderlinx

Shop Back to School with Borderlinx, and use our Consolidation service to save on international shipping. We virtually combine your packages from different stores under one tracking number. Because consolidated shipments are treated as one shipment, you only have to pay the minimum first half kilo for each package once! Learn more by visiting our Consolidation service page.

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