Packing List

As you pack for your move to college, keep in mind that 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 to do are to choose light emitting diode (LED) or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs are the spiral bulbs) for your desk lamp, bring a reusable water bottle and coffee mug and plan to plug any small appliances into a power strip that can be turned off to avoid using energy when not in use.  Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and LED bulbs are available in the residence halls at the beginning of the semester if you need them; your Eco-Rep will have more information when you arrive on campus.   Take a look at our Environmental Sustainability's comprehensive Living Green at Mount Holyoke page for additional suggestions on what you can do before and after you arrive on campus to reduce your impact on the environment. 

 What To Bring


  • Regular twin size sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Waste basket
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Umbrella
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Toiletries, sunscreen, lip balm
  • Backpack or tote bag
  • Personal hair tools
  • Small fan (for the warmer months)
  • Desk lamp (Not halogen, use a LED or CFL bulb)
  • Scissors, tape, thumbtacks, nail clippers
  • Sewing kit
  • Alarm clock
  • Coat hangers
  • Towel(s), bathrobe  
  • Shower caddy
  • Flashlight (with batteries)
  • Reusable water bottle and travel mug


  • NON-MERCURY digital thermometer
  • Over-the-counter analgesic; Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil)
  • Lozenges and cough syrup
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizers (hand washing is still the best method of decreasing transmission)
  • Comfort items such as a favorite blanket, pillow or stuffed animal
  • Supply of sports drinks, herbal tea, and soups


  • Rug, curtains, cushions
  • Radio, CDs, stereo, MP3 player 
  • EnergyStar refrigerator (No bigger than 2.9 cubic feet)
  • Medium-sized bags for overnight trips
  • Your favorite stuffed animals
  • Iron
  • Mattress pad
  • Television set
  • Pots, pans, reusable dishware, silverware, can opener
  • Extension cord, power strip with a surge protector and on/off switch
  • Computer, calculator
  • Slippers to wear inside residence halls
  • Storage box
  • Camera
  • Small microwave
  • Coffee maker or electric kettle (Plug all small appliances into a power strip and turn off when not in use.)


  • Sweaters, jacket
  • Underwear, socks, tights
  • Pants, jeans, sweats, shorts
  • Waterproof boots, shoes (dress and casual), winter boots
  • Pajamas and bathrobe
  • Bathing suit
  • Long and short sleeved shirts and blouses, t-shirts
  • Mittens, hat, scarf
  • Warm winter coat, rain coat
  • Sneakers with white rubber soles for gym


What NOT to Bring


  • Space heaters
  • Heat generating humidifiers or vaporizers
  • Heating appliances (ex: toaster oven, toasters, hot plates, etc.)
  • Air conditioners of any kind
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Paper lanterns
  • Beanbag chairs
  • Five-color multi-position floor lamp
  • Pets (See our Policies for more information)
  • Weapons

If you have questions about something not on this list or more specifics about what is and is not allowed, please contact the Office of Residential Life.