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Pioneer pack list highlights what to bring, leave at home for 2023-24

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With Move-In Day for Transylvania University’s first-year students just three weeks away, they should start thinking about what to pack … and what to leave at home.

A couple general tips include erring on the side of bringing less stuff (don’t cram everything you own into your parents’ SUV) and communicating with whoever you’re going to be living with. “Encouraging conversations between roommates and what the other plans to bring also helps in cutting back on unnecessary duplicate items,” said Keith Jones, director of housing and residence life.

Get more info on housing and more for our Class of 2027.

Packing list


  • Extra-long twin bedding
  • Pillows and comfort items
  • Mattress pad
  • Hangers
  • Laundry supplies
  • Basic cleaning supplies
  • Small vacuum or broom
  • Storage containers
  • Decorations (rugs, posters, lamps, etc.)


  • Tacks/small nails for hanging items
  • Microwave (max 700 watts)
  • Mini fridge (max 4 cubic ft.)
  • Travel mug/reusable water bottle
  • Dish soap/sponge
  • Coffee maker with automatic shutoff
  • Photo ID
  • Bank cards/necessary financial documentation
  • Personal items for entertainment
  • Dishes/cookware/utensils
  • Food storage containers


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


  • 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 caddy and shower supplies
  • Shower shoes
  • Towel(s) and wrap/robe
  • Deodorant


  • 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
  • Stapler, pens, dry erase markers and paper
  • Calculator
  • Bag or backpack for class


  • Toasters, indoor grills, air fryers, anything with an exposed heating element, candles, hot plates, space heaters and toaster ovens
  • More clothes than you need (or that you can bring later)
  • A printer — every building has one
  • Animals — except fish in a 5 gallon or less tank and pre-approved animals registered through our disability services office
  • Extra furniture — many students loft their beds to make room for additional furniture, but all the furniture in the room must stay there
  • 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, weapons, etc.)