Packing 101

A few tips:

  • Don’t bring everything you own. Leave something to claim your turf at home.
  • If there are clothes in your closet you haven’t worn in the past two years, leave them there; chances are you won’t start wearing them when you get to Norwich.
  • It does get cold, but you won’t need your winter gear right away. A good idea is to pre-pack your winter items and then have your parents ship them out later. If you are heading home for Thanksgiving break, that would be the perfect time to bring home your spring and summer clothes and grab what you will need for the winter.
  • Please note: NU does have a dress and grooming standards policy. See: Student Rules & Regulations, Chap. 3, Sec. VII. We suggest you take the time to become knowledgeable of the policy as you pack. Special attention should be given to the Hat Policy.
  • Plan on accumulating things over the year; a little here and there adds up.
  • You will want to coordinate with your roommate/s on some of the bigger items

Here are some suggestions for what you should bring:

Bed and bedding:

  • Extra long sheets — the beds are longer than average. Bed, Bath & Beyond, JCPenney and similar stores usually offer good buys.
  • Comforter and/or quilts. Consider bringing sturdy, easy to wash items
  • Towels
  • Pillows (extras if you plan on lounging or studying a lot on your bed)

Health and grooming:

  • Shower shoes and bathrobe
  • Shower  caddy/basket to carry items down the hall to the shower
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo — you can buy all this here but you probably want to bring some as well to start you off)
  • Prescription medications and copies of the prescriptions
  • Suggested: First-aid kit with basic bandages, disinfectant, aspirin

Clothes and laundry:

  • Clothes — your space will be limited, so only bring what you think you will actually wear
  • Weather-appropriate outer wear
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, stain remover
  • Quarters for laundry machines, or use your Cadet$Card!
  • Hangers
  • Suggested: Small ironing board, sewing kit

Decorations and furnishings

  • Photos, posters and other favorite items
  • Adhesive wall mounts — you are not allowed to put nails into the walls
  • Rugs or small piece of carpet, or slippers — the dorm rooms are not carpeted
  • Storage or organizational items – stacking plastic crates can come in handy
  • Trash can and bags
  • Lamps — desk lamp or clip lamp
  • Fan

 Study stuff

  • A backpack or book bag for everyday use
  • Computer and necessary supplies/accessories
  • School supplies: Pens, pencils, erasers, paper, notebooks etc. — you can also buy these things at the Book Store
  • Head phones
  • Only three-prong extension cords and surge protectors are allowed for expanding your electrical needs

Food and snacks

  • Small refrigerator — not to exceed 1.8 cubic feet
  • A mug, microwave-safe cup, plate, bowl, can opener, and utensils

Do not bring the following:

  • Your dog, cat, gerbil, mouse, snake… NO pets are allowed in the residence halls
  • Hot plate or mini stove
  • Halogen lamps
  • Cinder blocks, bricks, or crates for lofting beds
  • Drugs, alcohol, weapons, fireworks (this includes alcohol trophies, posters, or souvenirs); there is zero tolerance for these items at NU
  • Toasters
  • 2-prong extension cords
  • Subwoofers or gigantic speakers
  • Air conditioner
  • A car, unless given special permission

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