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Handy list helps Transylvania students pack for new school year

people moving boxes up stairs

With Move-In Day just a few weeks away, Transylvania University students should start thinking about what to pack — and what to leave at home.

The list below will help them be prepared to thrive at college … without having to worry about things like how they’re going to hang up their jackets.

But don’t try to cram the kitchen sink into your parents’ SUV. “Students might 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,” said Keith Jones, director of housing and residence life.

Plus, communication comes in handy. “Encouraging conversations between roommates and what the other plans to bring also helps in cutting back on unnecessary duplicate items,” Jones added.

Packing list


  • Extra-long twin bedding
  • Pillows
  • Mattress pad
  • Hangers
  • Laundry supplies
  • Basic cleaning supplies
  • Small vacuum or broom
  • Storage containers
  • Decorations (rugs, posters, lamps, etc.)
  • Clear trash bags for recycling


  • Tacks/small nails (depending on your building)
  • Microwave (max 700 watts)
  • Mini fridge (max 4 cubic ft.)
  • Travel mug/reusable water bottle
  • Dish soap/sponge
  • Coffee maker with automatic shutoff
  • Photo IDs
  • Bank cards/necessary financial documentation
  • Entertainment items (e.g. board games)
  • Dishes/cookware/utensils


  • Face masks
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Prescriptions and OTC medications
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues
  • Q-tips/cotton balls
  • Hair products and hair dryer
  • Nail clippers
  • Shower curtain
  • Shower caddy and shower supplies
  • Shower shoes
  • Towels/towel wrap/robe
  • Deodorant


  • TV with cables
  • Chargers for all devices
  • Laptop/desktop computer
  • Headphones or speakers


  • Seasonal gear (including shoes)
  • Interview/business outfits
  • Transy swag
  • Umbrella/rain coat
  • Belts


  • Highlighters
  • Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Index cards
  • Post-it notes
  • Planner or calendar
  • Desk organizer
  • Pens, pencils and paper
  • Dry erase markers
  • 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 — 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 — many students bunk their beds to make room for additional furniture, but all the furniture in the room must stay in the room
  • Duplicates of what your roommate is bringing — communicate beforehand so you don’t end up with two of everything
  • Command strips — they peel paint and ruin drywall
  • Prohibited items listed in the student handbook (e.g., fireworks, alcoholic beverages, knives, etc.)