Packing Checklist

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Packing Green

Mount Holyoke College is committed to reducing our collective impact on the environment, and you should think about "being green" in your hall and your room. Easy things you can do include choosing a light emitting diode (LED) for your desk lamp, bringing a reusable water bottle and coffee mug, and planning to plug any small appliances into a power strip that can be turned off to avoid using energy when not in use. LED bulbs and recycling bins are available from the Eco-Reps at the beginning of the semester.

Take a look at Living and Working Green at Mount Holyoke for additional suggestions on what you can do on and off on campus to reduce your impact on the environment.

What to Bring and What Not to Bring

This recommended checklist will guide you in what to bring (and not bring) to your residence hall room.

Every student may have different needs, but this list is good place to start. Make sure to talk to your roommate about sharing before bringing doubles of larger items such as refrigerators.

You can also check out our College Shop, where we’ve partnered with Bed Bath and Beyond to provide an online one-stop shop for you to acquire all of your campus living needs, from linens to towels to storage. If you order by August 5, all items ordered through the College Shop will be in your room when you arrive. We will have other opportunities to purchase items during pre-orientation for international students.

Download a printable checklist

Bed and Bath

  • sheets for regular twin-size bed
  • comforter, blanket or quilt
  • pillows/pillowcases
  • mattress pad
  • waste basket
  • clothes hangers
  • towels and washcloths
  • toiletries
  • nail clippers
  • flip flops (for showers)
  • shower caddy (to hold soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • bathrobe
  • trash can liners (8 gallon)
  • cleaning supplies
  • under bed storage or closet organizer (Beds at their lowest level have a height of 13.5 inches; beds at their highest level have a height of 23.5 inches)
  • throw rug
  • full-length mirror

Health Related Items

  • mini first-aid kit
  • prescription medications
  • prescription for eye glasses or contacts
  • OTC medications: ibuprofen benadryl, cough medicine, etc.
  • hand sanitizer
  • thermometer

Laundry Items

  • bag/basket
  • detergent
  • dryer sheets
  • drying rack
  • mini sewing kit

IDs and Important Documents

  • ATM Card
  • checkbook
  • credit cards
  • driver's license/state ID
  • insurance cards
  • passport/visa
  • social security card
  • lock box

Suggested Clothing

  • underwear
  • weather-related clothing: winter jacket, rain boots, umbrella, bathing suit, etc.
  • mittens, gloves, scarves
  • hoodies
  • socks
  • tights
  • pants, jeans, shorts, sweatpants
  • skirts/leggings
  • long and short sleeved blouses, tees
  • dresses
  • pajamas
  • sneakers (with white rubber soles for physical education classes)
  • slippers
  • sunglasses

Electronics/Small Appliances

  • fan
  • cell phone and charger
  • plug adapters, if applicable
  • power strip with surge protector and on/off switch
  • flashlight
  • headphones
  • laptop and charger
  • alarm clock
  • refrigerator (must be under 3.1 cubic feet, look for Energy Star rating)
  • small microwave (700 watts maximum)

Miscellaneous Items

  • school supplies: pens, pencils, paper, calculator, etc.
  • backpack or bookbag
  • posters and pictures
  • ear plugs
  • 3M command hooks
  • calendar
  • dry erase board
  • bike
  • reusable water bottle and/or travel mug
  • bug spray
  • sunscreen

What NOT to Bring

These items are not allowed in the residence halls and will be confiscated if brought to campus!

  • candles & incense
  • refrigerator over 3.0 cubic feet
  • upholstered furniture
  • beds of any kind
  • papasan chair
  • beanbag chairs
  • outside TV and radio antennas
  • electric blankets
  • extension cords with no UL ratings/surge protection (aka: Zip Cord)
  • lofts
  • space heaters
  • heat generating humidifiers or vaporizers
  • heating appliances: toaster ovens, toasters, hot plates, etc.
  • air conditioners of any kind
  • mercury thermometers
  • halogen lamps
  • paper lanterns
  • multi-position floor lamp
  • pets (other than fish)
  • weapons
  • routers
  • cannabis of any kind
  • illegal drugs
  • weapons