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Transylvania students reminded to pack smart, healthy for new school year

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From trash cans to extra masks, Transylvania University students should know what to pack — and what’s best left at home — before heading to campus over the next few weeks.

Being prepared will help them thrive at college while focused on things that are more important than, say, keeping snacks from getting stale — i.e., remember to bring a chip clip. Masks are another obvious/not-so-obvious issue: Sure, they’re a no-brainer these days, but just one or two cloth masks might get pretty dirty when the reality of having to do laundry sets in. Several may be a good idea.

Speaking of snacks, Keith Jones, director of housing and residence life, recommended brining containers for food you may want to share. Other tips on staying healthy include bringing sanitizing wipes and sprays (keychain hand sanitizers are convenient).

Some things new students may not think they need to bring — but should — are shower curtains and trash cans (Transylvania does provide recycling bins).

But leave the proverbial kitchen sink at home. “Students might also want to err on limiting the amount of stuff they would bring that might cramp or lessen the ability to have their own space within their room,” Jones said.

Plus, communication is good: “Encouraging conversations between roommates and what the other plans to bring also helps in cutting back on unnecessary duplicate items,” he continued.

Before coming to campus, read the latest updates to our Healthy at Transy guidelines. Also, students are reminded to upload a copy of their completed vaccination card. The next vaccine clinics are Aug. 20 (new student move-in day), 28 and 29 in the Campus Center. Those who aren’t fully vaccinated or haven’t uploaded their cards can get their required return-to-campus testing on those dates.

Packing list


  • Extra-long twin bedding
  • Pillows
  • Trash can
  • Shower curtain
  • Mattress pad
  • Desk lamp
  • Hangers
  • Laundry supplies/quarters for laundry
  • Basic cleaning supplies
  • Containers to share snacks
  • Full-length mirror
  • Small vacuum or broom
  • Storage containers
  • Decorations (rugs/posters, etc.)


  • Tacks/small nails, depending on your building
  • Microwave (max 700 watts)
  • Mini fridge (max 3.2 cubic ft.)
  • Chip clips
  • Can opener
  • Travel mug/reusable water bottle
  • Dish soap/sponge
  • Coffee maker with automatic shut off
  • IDs
  • Bank cards
  • Board games or card games
  • Dishes/cookware/utensils


  • Face masks
  • Hand sanitizer/wipes
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescriptions/OTC medications
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues
  • Q-tips/cotton balls
  • Hair products
  • Nail clippers
  • Shower caddy and shower supplies
  • Shower shoes
  • Towels, wrap/robe
  • Deodorant
  • Hair dryer


  • TV cables
  • Chargers for all devices
  • Laptop computer
  • Laptop bag
  • TV


  • Seasonal gear
  • Interview/business outfit
  • Spirit Week outfits
  • Transy swag
  • Umbrella/rain coat
  • Belts


  • Highlighters
  • Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Index cards
  • Post-it notes
  • Weekly planner
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Pens, pencils
  • Permanent markers
  • Looseleaf paper
  • Calculator
  • Bag or Backpack


  • Toasters, indoor grills, anything with an exposed heating element, candles, hot plates, space heaters and toaster ovens
  • Your entire wardrobe
  • A printer — almost every building has one
  • Animals — except fish in a 5-gallon or less tank and emotional support animals registered through our disability services office
  • Extra furniture — may students bunk their beds to make room for additional furniture, but all the furniture in the room must stay in the room
  • Command strips — they peel paint and ruins drywall
  • Prohibited items listed in the student handbook (e.g., fireworks, alcoholic beverages, knives, etc.)