Packing List

The list below contains some of the things you may want to consider bringing to Wes. It excludes the obvious such as clothing and basic toiletries but includes some things you may not have thought of. Many items are for convenience and you may decide you don't need them.

Parent Programs also has their own list of recommendations here

Items in Italics are sustainable.

Clothing-related items:
  • Raincoat
  • Umbrella
  • Snow boots
  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Bath Towels
  • Hand towel – not all of the bathrooms have paper towel dispensers
  • Warm socks or slippers
  • Hangers
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Mirror
  • Sturdy laundry basket and unscented detergent
  • Clothes drying rack
Toiletries:
  • Soap case
  • Toothbrush case
  • Bath tote for carrying everything to the bathroom. Some of the bathrooms have cubbyholes for you to keep your essentials in, but not all of them.
  • Hand towel – not all of the bathrooms have paper towel dispensers
  • A bathrobe, because the bathroom’s down the hall.
  • Flip-Flops for use as shower shoes. Don’t forget there are 20 other people using the same shower.
  • A First Aid kit: aspirin, bandages, and antibiotic creams, Cold medicines, cough syrup, and cough drops (WesWell has their own recommendations on what to bring related to health and wellness here)
Desk Supplies (look for those with recycled content, if possible):
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Envelopes and stamps
  • Glue
  • Stapler and staples (also available in the computer labs on campus)
  • Sticky notes
  • Calendar 
  • Duct tape and fun tack
  • Trash Can
  • Recycling bin
  • Power strip to power down all of your electronics when you’re asleep or in class (smart power strips do this automatically)
Items that make your room a home:
  • A rug can do a lot for your room
  • A dry-erase message board for your door
  • A bulletin board can help keep you get organized
  • Plants to give you some greenery and clean the air
  • Photos
  • Milk crates, for extra storage
  • Storage bins, and extra hooks (the stick-on or suction kind)
  • Snacks
  • Reusable Plates, Cups, Bowls, Spoons, and Tupperware
  • A reusable mug for coffee (Cafes on campus give a discount  for using reusable mugs)
  • A reusable water bottle – Wesleyan is a bottled water-free campus
  • Sponge and dishwashing liquid
Other essentials
  • A desk and/or floor lamp (not a halogen lamp) with a CFL light bulb
  • A phone. The University does not provide one
  • A clip-on lamp for reading in bed with a CFL light bulb
  • Alarm clock (or set the alarm on your phone)
  • A bike for getting around campus quickly and sustainably
  • Reusable bags for grocery and bookstore shopping (Weshop charges $0.25 per plastic bag)
  • Tool kit (hammer, screwdriver, etc.)
  • Sewing kit
  • Fan
Non-essentials - consider leaving these things at home
  • A small fridge (Wesleyan only allows 2.9 cubic ft. energy star rated refrigerators in the residence halls such as those provided by New England Student Services)
  • A small microwave (no more than 700 watts and can be rented as a part of a micro fridge provided by New England Student Services) – most lounges have microwaves
  • Printer – there’s 24 hour printing in several campus locations, and you can print wirelessly from your own laptop in Usdan
  • TV – all lounges have TVs, so you’ll have a place to catch up on your favorite shows

Keep in mind that anything you forget you can probably buy, have shipped to you by your parents, or do without. Each person needs a different set of things to be happy, but hopefully this will get you well on your way to being prepared to come to Wesleyan.