Packing Tips

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Packing tip 1: Not everything is essentialThe following is a list of items that have been recommended or suggested by current Wheelock resident students, along with a list of items that are not allowed in the residence halls.

Keep in mind that not everything is essential and space in the residence halls is limited. If you have a roommate, be sure to check in with him or her over the summer to see if you can avoid having duplicate items.

Since you know your lifestyle best, think about what you really need and try to limit the extras. Try to bring things that will make your room feel like home without taking up too much space. You should also think about how you are traveling and how this might affect what you bring.

ITEMS TO BRING

For your room:

  1. Pillows
  2. Sheets and blankets or a comforter
  3. Mattress pad
  4. Clothes and hangers (Hint: Don't bring everything in August. Switch out seasonal clothes during breaks, i.e., Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break.)
  5. Alarm clock
  6. Stereo/mp3 player
  7. TV/DVD player and movies
  8. Fridge (4 cubic feet or less) or a micro-fridge from New England Student Services (microwaves are only allowed in the residence halls if they are a microfridge)
  9. Trash can
  10. Under bed storage containers
  11. Pictures of family and friends
  12. Fan
  13. Bulletin/dry erase board

For the bathroom and laundry room:

  1. Toothbrush/toothpaste
  2. Laundry basket/bag
  3. Laundry detergents and dryer sheets
  4. Iron
  5. Towels
  6. Robe
  7. Flip-flops for the shower
  8. Shower caddy (to carry soap, shampoo/product, etc. to the bathroom)

Miscellaneous:

  1. Storage crates
  2. Dishes and silverware
  3. Quarters (for laundry)
  4. First aid kit (band-aids, antibiotic cream, tweezers, thermometer, pain reliever, antacid, cough syrup)
  5. Flashlight

ITEMS TO LEAVE AT HOME:

  • Any animals that cannot live full-time under water
  • Candles
  • Decorative holiday lights
  • Halogen lamp
  • Electric blanket
  • Extension cords
  • Microwave
  • Toaster oven
  • Coffee pot/hotpot
  • Air conditioner
  • Electric heater
  • Incense
  • Hot plate
  • Sun lamp
  • Water bed
  • Loft bed
  • Tapestries
  • Wireless router
  • Lava lamp
  • Car (Your car is better left at home. Check with the Campus Services or Facilities Department before bringing a car to campus as on-campus parking passes are limited.)

HELPFUL HINTS

  • Call your roommate during the summer to coordinate what each of you plans to bring.
  • If in doubt, don't bring it.
  • If you can bring clothes seasonally, do it.
  • Think of things that will make your room feel like a home, but won't take up too much space.
  • If you need to store your belongings over the summer, contact New England Student Services. The College is not responsible for any loss or damage to stored items.

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