Here's a handy list

We’ve made the ultimate packing list, just for you!

Vintage Photo of students moving in

Your room—The home away from home

  • Twin Extra-Long Bedding. A regular twin comforter or quilt is long enough, but XL sheets are a must.
  • Pillows
  • Mattress pad—go from dorm bed to 5-star hotel bed just like that!
  • Desk Lamp
  • Small fan
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket/bag/hamper
  • Laundry supplies
  • Extension cords and surge protectors
  • Medium-size garbage bags
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Small vacuum or broom
  • Storage baskets/boxes, especially under-bed containers.
  • Decorations—Transy has a poster sale at the beginning of the year, and Wal-Mart and Target are near by, so it isn’t necessary to bring too much on move-in day.

 School supplies—Your favorite part of going back to school for the past 13 years

  • Computer or laptop
  • Highlighters
  • Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Index cards
  • Post-it notes
  • Weekly planner (trust us on this one)
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Pens, pencils and a container to hold them
  • Permanent markers
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Calculator

School supplies

The essentials—You’re gonna need these

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss
  • Band-aids
  • Medications (Ibuprofen, vitamins, decongestants, cold medicine, Neosporin, etc)
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues
  • Q-Tips/Cotton balls
  • Hair products
  • Nail clippers
  • Shower caddy and shower supplies
  • Shower shoes! $1 flip-flops will do the trick.
  • Towels
  • Towel wrap/robe, in case the fire alarm goes off while you’re in the shower
  • Deodorant
  • Chapstick
  • Hand sanitizer (and lots of it)
  • Umbrella, raincoat and rain boots
  • Quarters for laundry

Random items—Not necessary, but great to have around.

  • Ziploc bags
  • Dishes and utensils (microwave-safe)
  • Travel mug
  • Coffee maker
  • Chip clips
  • Can opener
  • Mini fridge (max. 3 ft. high)
  • Microwave (max. 700 watts)
  • Flash drive
  • Chargers
  • Headphones
  • Backpack
  • Gym/Overnight bag
  • Extra bed sheets
  • Full-length mirror
  • Area rug
  • Command strips
  • Movies and board games
  • Bicycle and sports equipment

Students setting up their room

What not to bring—We promise you won’t miss these things, except for your dog.

  • Toaster, candles, hot plates and space heaters. 
  • Your entire wardrobe. Here are a few packing tips:

    #1: All those high school club and sport t-shirts? Put them in a pile, cut the pile in half, then imagine all the free Transy t-shirts you’re going to get and make some more room for those.

    #2: Pack for the season—even though Kentucky can have all four seasons in one week. Bring just a handful of out-of-season wear so you are ready for days when Mother Nature's changes are unexpected.

    #3: Bring one or two business outfits for interviews or presentations when you’ll need to dress to impress #OhYouFancyHuh?

    #4: You may actually want a few of those crazy high school Spirit Week outfits. Halloween, '90s Night, Middle School Throwback Dance and Raf Week are taken very seriously.

  • A printer. Almost every building has one!
  • Animals, except fish. Sorry, Fluffy.
  • Extra furniture—yet. Many Transy students bunk their beds to make room for futons or a chair, but we recommend getting settled on move-in day first.
  • Duplicates of what your roommate is bringing. Talk before move-in to avoid having 2 TVs, fridges and microwaves.
  • Trash or recycling cans or desk chairs. Your room comes supplied with these.