Back To School Safe and Sound Gadget Gift Guide

College years can be some of the best years of your life, but you still have to be careful and aware of your surroundings. Make sure your college student or students are not only stocked up on the latest school supplies but that they are ready to survive on their own, in this digital age. Days may be spent attending classes and labs, while nights may be spent at the “library”, but take note, any and all of the below items would should be on the list of your loved ones, heading off to finish their degree.

If your child already left for college – this is the perfect excuse to visit them or send them a care package!

mycharge AdventureUltra

You will always have a charge with mycharge products. The AdventureUltra features a USB-C and two USB-A ports to charge awide range of devices. The powerful charger also has an AC power port for running and charging items such as laptops and even TVs for tailgating. All for just $129.99.


SABRE Pepper Gels and Dorm/Apartment Safety Kits

SABRE is the world-renowned personal safety product brand, specializing in products such as pepper sprays/gels, personal alarms, stun guns, wireless home/apartment alarms and more. This is just one way to have peace of mind and stay safe on a college campus. For students moving from dorms to apartments, a personal alarm provides portable security. SABRE offers many compact options as well as a Dorm/Apartment Kit for keeping personal belongings safe. Prepare themselves with pepper sprays and gels—one of the most effective ways to deter or distract an attacker, and permitted on most campuses. SABRE has the most potent and reliable options on the market. Also never walk alone at night and lock your doors at all times. Product prices start around $11.


Hisense 35-Pint 2-Speed Dehumidifier

Keep mold at bay in your dorm room or basement apartment with a small 35-pint Hisense Dehumidifier. Low noise airflow system ensures quiet operation and Ultra-low temperature operation (38°F) Removes 35 pints per day with easy water removal with built-in bucket, or optional drain connection – hose not included. Will keep everyone healthy and makes for great night’s sleep for $149.


The College Student First Aid Kit

College isn’t high school, so they need a first aid kit. The College Student First Aid Kit was created by Beth Palmer Stewart, a Nurse Practitioner, with over 25 years of experience. This a kit that is comprehensive, organized and affordable. With over 30 different medications, ointments, creams, drops, tools and wound care items. As a mom and nurse, Beth is  confident that this kit will help college students everywhere. The College Student First Aid Kit is created with students in mind. Two different kits are available starting at $59.95.


MYNT Smart Item Tracker

The MYNT item finder is different from other devices on the market that we have the Smart Alert feature, where the user will receive an automated message on their smartphone if the object MYNT is attached to separates from the user more than a certain distance. Let’s face it college students lose things and MYNT can deter. A lifesaver for $19.99. The MYNT is built with steel plate for durability, we have mirror surfaces that makes the product more fashion oriented. Our software is user-friendly, appealing, and multi-functional.


Copper Chef Kitchen and Grill Items

You’ve seen them on TV, but Copper Chef is not a gimmick. Copper Chef products not only work great in the kitchen, they are safe to use. One example is the Copper Chef Grill Mat. It eliminates all those grill messes and there will be no hotspots or flareups. Themats are dishwasher safe and can withstand heat up to 500° and they store with ease. Other Copper Chef products are just as safe and will last forever. Prices for Copper Chef items start at $19.99.


Mini Firefighter

Already popular throughout Europe but new to North America, Mini Firefighter is a portable, eco-friendly fire extinguisher that is as compact and easy to use as a can of hairspray. Cost is $22.95, so buy two.

Mini Firefighter is the only compact extinguisher that works on four different fire types:

    Class A – Solid fire (wood, fabric, cardboard, plastic)

    Class B – Hydrocarbons (petrol, diesel, solvents)

    Class C – Electrical (tested to 35,000 volts)

    Class K – Oil/Grease (cooking oils, grease, animal fat)

Having this home fire extinguisher on hand makes putting out a fire easy and straightforward. The size makes it easy to store in a drawer, or to take along for an outdoor adventure.


Flower Mound Soap Works

Yes, soap. This can keep a college student safe from embarrassment.

The stress of new beginnings and putting your best face forward can cause breakouts – are you taking care of your skin? School is in session and today our lesson plan is all about the best ways to make your skin feel fresh for the first day of hittin’ the books! Kick off a new academic year with Flower Mound Soap Works. Despite the pale colors and bumpy appearance, Ugly Soaps pack a powerful secret: they work beautifully. Not only do they make your skin feel renewed, there’s one for every skin type.

    Got zits? Grey original Ugly Soap is packed with activated charcoal & French Green Clay acting like sponges to help pull toxins 

    Aging gracefully?  Ugly Yellow Soap is filled with Rhassoul Clay: gently exfoliating & improving skin elasticity

    Dull much? The Ugly Green Soap equals French Green Clay. Removes skin impurities, revealing the fresh surface of the skin. BOOM.

    Oh so shiny?  Ugly White Soap is made with Bentonite Clay to remove acne causing toxins and revitalize tired skin           

    Born on the sensitive side? The perfectly pink Ugly Rose Soap uses Kaolin Rose Clay which gently helps filter toxins from the skin

**A POSITIVE DISCLAIMER (for once): All Ugly Soaps contain tea tree essential oil, colloidal oatmeal, and aloe vera powder to clean, exfoliate and soothe your skin


Rick Limpert is an Atlanta-based writer that covers the intersection of sports and technology. You can follow him on Twitter at @RickRoswell.