Back to School Gear Guide

The best part of the back-to-school season? All the new gadgets designed to make life and travel easier. Here are our picks whether you're returning to class, work or your fall routine.

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Wallaroo Breton Hat
Wallaroo Breton Hat

Wallaroo Breton Hat

For the mom off to sunny places … Fun, fashionable and featherweight, this travel hat blocks 97.5% of the sun’s UV rays. Plus, it rolls up tightly into any purse or suitcase. Now mom can stroll through the local farmers market in style. 960 1280

Jess Kugler  

Travel Decor

Travel Decor

For the mom who longs for a Roman holiday … remind her of all the great vacation memories with this print from Etsy. She’ll never forget how far your loves goes for her … or the amazing pizza you shared in Italy. (Other destinations also available.) 960 1280

Jeanne DeFauw  

Travel Tea Press

Travel Tea Press

For the mom who can't live without her tea … consider this functional travel tea press that will let her enjoy fresh tea away from home. Extra points if you remember her favorite tea flavor to include with the gift. 960 1280

Courtesy of The Republic of Tea  

Hang On Travel Case

Hang On Travel Case

For the mom who always travels in style … this ikat hanging travel bag from Stella & Dot can tote all her beauty essentials: "foam gloss to floss, rings to travel-sized things.” 960 1280

Courtesy of Stella & Dot  

Nook With GlowLight

Nook With GlowLight

For the mom who loves to read on the go … the Nook with GlowLight delivers. During long nighttime flights, mom can curl up with a good book -- powered by this ereader’s soft glow. It’s also the lightest Nook to date, ideal for long reading sessions. 960 1280

Barnes and Noble  

Mott Cross-Body Bag

Mott Cross-Body Bag

For the mom whose purse is a black hole … How many times has mom dug through her purse, endlessly looking for something important? This Mott cross-body bag is the perfect place for mom to store her most important travel items. 960 1280

Michelle Drewes  

Universal Adapter

Universal Adapter

For the globe-trotting mom … this little green adapter is essential -- and compatible in more than 150 countries. So, whether mom’s in China or Chennai she can plug in her hair dryer or juice up her camera battery. 960 1280

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Samantha Brown Luggage

Samantha Brown Luggage

For the mom who’s ready to roll … this Samantha Brown weekender bag doubles as a wheeled city bag. Plus, with a glazed croco-embossed exterior, mom will be rolling in style. 960 1280

HSN  

eKO SuperLite Travel Mat

eKO SuperLite Travel Mat

For the yoga-loving mom … this yoga travel mat provides superior grip and weighs just 2 pounds. Mom can keep up with her daily yoga routine … and have something to write ‘om’ about. 960 1280

Manduka  

LomoKino Camera

LomoKino Camera

For the shutter-bug mom … this camera ups the ante. Now mom can ditch the Flip-cam for something a little more artistic: a 35mm movie camera to shoot a movie of 144 frames. Very cinematic. 960 1280

Lomography  

Sofia Cashmere Travel Set

Sofia Cashmere Travel Set

For the cool mom … help her stay warm on long airplane flights (or long drives) with the Sofia cashmere travel set. Soft and snuggly, the set includes a 2-ply blanket and cashmere-lined eye mask. Just make sure no one takes mom’s picture while she’s sleeping. 960 1280

Sofia Cashmere  

LARK Silent Alarm

LARK Silent Alarm

For the mom looking to wake her potential … this silent alarm clock and sleep sensor will wake mom with silent, effective vibrations -- and help her track how well she sleeps courtesy of a wristband-monitor. 960 1280

LARK  

Bye, Mom!

Bye, Mom!

And once mom has all her goodies in hand … give her the gift of miles. Purchase miles online and send her an electronic gift card or have her print out a gift certificate. Mom can apply those miles toward any travel plan or trip upgrade … she’ll be singing your praises. 960 1280

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Young schoolgirls in China walk past farmers on their way to school. Some farmers' children have to walk 3 hours along a narrow mountain path to get to school. 960 1280

Getty  

Palestinian Students in Gaza

Palestinian Students in Gaza

Palestinian students sit at their school during the first day of the new school year in Gaza. 960 1280

Reuters  

Pupils salute as their teacher raises the Chinese national flag on the first day of their new semester at Gao'er Hope School located on the top of Xiaohuatan Mountain in Jinan, Shandong province. 960 1280

Reuters  

Students of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls make their way to the auditorium during the opening of the school in Meyerton. 960 1280

Reuters  

Students getting on a school bus

Students getting on a school bus

Students board a school bus on a rural road. 960 1280

iStock  

Uros kids in a boat going to school

Uros kids in a boat going to school

Uros children go to school on a boat near Uros island on Lake Titicaca. 960 1280

Reuters  

Girl walking home from Shimizu elementary school

Girl walking home from Shimizu elementary school

A girl walks with her mother after her first day of school at Shimizu Elementary School in Fukushima. 960 1280

Reuters  

Amish kids going to school

Amish kids going to school

Amish children head to their newly built schoolhouse in Nikel Mines, PA. 960 1280

Getty  

Students in Havana, Cuba

Students in Havana, Cuba

Students attend a ceremony on the first day of classes at Roberto Poland School in Havana. 960 1280

Reuters  

Boy walking to school in Jenin

Boy walking to school in Jenin

A Palestinian boy walks to school on the first day of the school year in the West Bank city of Jenin. 960 1280

Reuters  

Students in New York City

Students in New York City

Students arrive at PS 36 on Amsterdam Ave in New York City for the first day of school. 960 1280

Monika Graff  

School children in Mumbai

School children in Mumbai

School children wait for a train to stop at a railway station in Mumbai. 960 1280

Reuters  

school children in India

school children in India

After flooding, children in Cooch Behar get to school on a makeshift boat. 960 1280

Reuters  

Children walk to school in the Philippines

Children walk to school in the Philippines

Indigenous Aetas children walk on a trail to school for the first day of classes in Porac town, Pampanga province, north of Manila. 960 1280

Reuters  

A woman walks with children to school on the first day in Berlin, Germany. 960 1280

Getty  

Students in Jakarta, Indonesia

Students in Jakarta, Indonesia

A student hugs her friend as they sing a song during their first day of kindergarten at HighScope Indonesia in Jakarta. 960 1280

Reuters  

A boy plays the violin at Sulaimaniya Music Institute in Sulaimaniya, 160 miles northeast of Baghdad. 960 1280

REUTERS/Julie Adnan  

Schoolchildren pass a sugarcane field as they return home on horseback in the province of Cienfuegos, 130 miles from Havana, in central Cuba. 960 1280

REUTERS/Desmond Boylan  

Seven-year-old Thai student Chamaya Pamutito rides a scooter as she travels back from school along with her father and mother in Bangkok. 960 1280

CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images  

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