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Must-have items for a successful school year

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The Olympus WS331M digital recorder with music player is the perfect gadget for multitasking students. It can record up to 555 hours of audio, and it plugs in to PCs for easy transcription or file saving, so there's no need to worry about catching every detail of a lecture the first time around. Best of all, it doubles as an MP3 player and can store up to 500 songs for entertainment between classes. Prices start at $199.99 at Circuit City (citywide, www.circuitcity.com).
When it's hot outside, you can bet on near-arctic temperatures in classrooms. The reverse is also true, with sauna-like buildings becoming common as soon as jacket weather rolls around. Drastic indoor-outdoor temperature changes make layering key to college life, and nothing beats the North Face Denali zip-up for a durable, wear-anytime jacket (it comes in men's and women's sizes), starting at $165 at Massey's Professional Outfitters (3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-1144; www.masseysoutfitters.com).
Take the ease of laptop computing to the next level with the lightweight Toshiba Portege M400 tablet PC. The screen flips over, so you can take handwritten notes with a stylus and store them without the mess of paper notebooks. Models start at $1,399 and are available at Best Buy (6205 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-0172; www.bestbuy.com), Circuit City (3780 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 883-2632) and Wal-Mart (5110 Jefferson Hwy., 733-4923; 1901 Tchoupitoulas St., 522-1749; www.walmart.com).
Store laptops and classroom supplies in the Jansport All Terra Portal pack, a messenger-style bag with a padded laptop sleeve and a fully zippered organizer compartment. It's coated in water-resistant nylon, so you won't have to worry about walking in the rain, and has a comfortable shoulder strap that makes it easy to carry this bag across campus, even on full-schedule days, $69.99 at Sports Authority (4329 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-4700; Elmwood Shopping Center, 5151 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 734-7271; www.sportsauthority.com).
Anything from water to coffee to cereal can be kept in a handy Nalgene bottle, and it won't be destroyed in an overcrowded bag. The bottle is made of polycarbonate, so it's extremely tough, resistant to odors and stains, and it's able to withstand temperatures far beyond freezing and boiling -- perfect for college. It starts at $1.75 (and is available in a variety of colors and sizes) at Massey's Professional Outfitters (3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-1144; www.masseysoutfitters.com).
Get connected with the Apple iPhone, the latest tool that combines Apple's ubiquitous iPod MP3 player, the Internet and a cell phone. What more could you want? Two models are available, $499 for 4GB, $599 for 8GB. Available at AT&T retail stores (201 St. Charles Ave., Ste. 101, 581-2900; 1900 St. Charles Ave., 523-4169; 5200 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-2166; 1831 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 263-0261; www.wireless.att.com).

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