Items To Bring Checklist

Checklist of Possible Items to Bring

This list is not all-inclusive, nor will your student need all these items. A good rule of thumb, if your student does not use it at home, they will probably not use it at school. Roommates should communicate about dividing out who will bring larger items.


  • extra-long twin sheets and pillowcases (two sets recommended) - 36”x 80” or 99cm x 203cm
  • blankets
  • pillow
  • comforter
  • mattress pad or protector 


  • bath towels and washcloths
  • bathrobe and shower shoes
  • small caddy
  • toiletries
  • hair dryer and styling tools 

Storage & Organization

  • hanging storage solutions
  • crates or stacking containers
  • under-bed storage organizer
  • hangers
  • trunk
  • shoe rack/storage
  • drawer liners
  • mirror with over-door hooks


  • detergent, fabric softener, and stain remover
  • laundry basket or laundry bag
  • hangers
  • iron and ironing board

Personal Items

  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • brush/comb
  • shaving items
  • hair styling products/appliances
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • bath soap
  • basket to carry toiletries
  • shower shoes 


  • posters, photos, artwork (cannot be nailed to the wall)
  • calendar
  • plants
  • small area rug
  • desk lamp, clip-on light

Study & Technology

  • office supplies
  • backpack
  • computer, power cord, laptop locking cable
  • tv, gaming system, bluetooth speaker
  • cell phone and charger
  • earbuds or headphones
  • power strip with surge protector (with 5-amp circuit breaker; must be UL-approved with a heavy cord and three prong grounding)

Kitchen Items

  • small microwave, 1,000 watts or less (one per room)
  • small refrigerator, no more than 4.6 cubic feet and energy star certified 
  • coffee mug
  • plates, bowls, cups, glasses
  • eating utensils
  • can opener
  • storage containers 
  • dish soap and sponges 


  • drivers license or state ID
  • copy of birth certificate
  • social security card
  • health insurance card
  • passport and visa
  • ATM card

First-Aid Supplies

  • digital oral thermometer
  • bandaids
  • anti-itch cream such as hydrocortisone
  • triple antibiotic cream such as Neosporin
  • any over the counter medicines you might take as needed such as ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol) or antihistamines)

Cleaning Supplies & Necessities

  • bathroom cleaner (if equipped with private or suite bath)
  • dish soap
  • dusting cloth/paper towels
  • sponges, dish scrubber
  • mop, broom, dustpan
  • small vacuum
  • disinfectant spray and wipes
  • trashcan and trash bags
  • face coverings (optional)
  • hand sanitizer 
  • Thermometer 
  • Emergency Kit 

Other items

  • storage containers (for food/personal items)
  • single-serve coffee makers (e.g. Keurig)
  • flashlight
  • personal medicine
  • waste paper basket
  • snacks
  • headphones
  • umbrella
  • printer
  • bike and lock
  • floor/table lamp (no halogen lamps)
  • camera
  • gaming console

Things to Leave at Home

These items are prohibited so that we may provide a safe and secure living environment for all of our residents. We are governed by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s fire marshal and health codes. Therefore, many of these items will result in monetary fines and/or student conduct sanctioning from the College to your student. We encourage you to help us by discussing these items BEFORE packing the car.

Kitchen Items

  • hot plates
  • skillet
  • toaster
  • rice cooker
  • george foreman grill 
  • popcorn poppers
  • toaster ovens
  • George Forman-type grills
  • electric skillets
  • chest freezers
  • charcoal or propane grills
  • deep fryers
  • air fryers 
  • electric woks


  • candles, incense, candle/wax warmers
  • kerosene heater 
  • halogen lamps
  • drapes
  • curtains 
  • upholstered furniture (e.g. couches, futons, chairs, bean bags, etc.)
  • cut live Christmas trees
  • banners
  • decorative alcohol containers
  • neon lights, black lights, or lava lamps

Personal Items

  • pets (other than fish in a 10-gallon tank)
  • extension cords
  • electric blankets/mattress pads 

Climate Control

  • space heaters
  • air conditioners
  • ceiling fans

Other Items

  • fireworks
  • firearms (including toy items that look real)
  • ammunition
  • weapons (air pellet, soft pellet, water, paintball, or bb guns; swords, knives; etc)
  • overside stereo speakers 
  • Your own mattress
  • hoverboards
  • materials that may endanger student health
  • appliances with open heating elements