Every year, some new device comes along that you have to have. Laptop, cell phone, MP3 player, DVD player, video games, coffee maker, mini-appliances like a microwave or fridge (if they're allowed)... All need power, and odds are, you've only got a couple of plugs. Make it easy - and safe - with surge protectors that allow for multiple plugs. Try one that's flexible to work in tight spaces. Extension cords and power strips help extend your capabilities as well (just make sure they're allowed). A cord organizer will help straighten out the mess. When it comes to the laptop, you'll want something to simplify all those USB devices, so look for a multi-port hub so you'll only have one thing to unplug when it's time to rush off to class.
See how to turn four plugs and a whole lot of cords into an organized tech center in the video.