What to Bring & What to Leave Behind

Grab the gear you'll need for living and learning at Bucknell.

We've prepared the packing list below to help you know what to pack — and what you should leave at home.

We can also help you protect your property with insurance, or rent a refrigeration unit for your room.

What to Bring

For Emergencies & Fixing Things

First-aid kit


Small tool kit (screw driver, hammer, pliers, etc.)

For COVID-19 Safety

Face Coverings (cloth masks, reusable masks, etc)

Hand Sanitizer

Disinfectant wipes for personal spaces

Cleaning supplies

For Getting Around

Umbrella and boots for wet weather


Good walking shoes

For Relaxing

TV and cables (HDMI, power cord, etc.) The University does not supply cable television to student rooms.

DVD player, Blu-ray player, video game console or streaming device

For Showering & Getting Ready

Towels and washcloths

Shower shoes and shower caddy

Toiletries (shampoo, soap, shaving cream, hand lotion, toothbrush, etc.)

Hair dryer

For Sleeping

Extra-long twin sheet set (or two for when one is in the laundry)


Comforter or bedspread and blanket

Window fan (Larison & Harris Halls are not air-conditioned)

Window screens — approximately 34-inch opening (student rooms do not come with window screens)

For Studying

Computer (learn how to borrow equipment)

Computer power cord and accessories.


Office supplies: pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, highlighters, stapler, scissors, tape, ruler, thumbtacks

For Your Room


Non-halogen desk, floor or bedside lamp

UL-listed surge protector

Plates, cups, bowls, utensils

Microwave (750 watts or less)

Mini fridge (4.5 cubic feet or less)

Garbage can

 Personal Property Insurance 

For Your Wardrobe

 Clothing for warm and cold weather (storing seasonal clothing at home, if an option, is recommended)

 Swimsuit and other athletic clothing


 Laundry basket or bag (and detergent)

 Under-the-bed storage boxes and bed risers

 Iron and ironing board

What to Leave Behind

  • Air conditioner
  • Candles (even if only used for decoration or if the wick has been removed)
  • Blender
  • Car
  • George Foreman Grill
  • Halogen lamp
  • Hot plate
  • Hot pot
  • Incense
  • Microwave over 750 watts
  • Oil popcorn popper
  • Panini press
  • Personal cooking appliances over 600 watts (except microwaves)
  • Pets (non-carnivorous fish are OK)
  • Rice cooker
  • Space heater
  • Toaster/toaster oven
  • Weapons of any kind (including, but not limited to firearms, ammunition, bow and arrow, swords, knives and paint ball/pellet guns)

Additional Pandemic-related Supplies

Self-care Kit

As you start your Bucknell journey, prepare to stay healthy with a Self-care Kit. Consider bringing these items with you to Bucknell:

 Hand sanitizer

 Mild pain and/or fever reducer, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol)

 Mild pain, fever and/or anti-inflammatory, such as Ibuprofen (Advil)

 Antihistamine/allergy medicine (Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec)

 1% hydrocortisone cream

 Antacid (Maalox, Rolaids, Pepto-Bismol, Tums)

 Decongestant (Sudafed PE)

 Anti-diarrhea medication (Imodium)

 Throat lozenges

 Band-aids of various sizes

 Ace wrap

 Hot/cold pack

 Gauze pack

 Medical tape


 Soup packets

 Soothing teas

 Carrying tote/caddy to transport/store grooming items

 Liquid soap or body wash

 Toothbrush covers

 Extra facial coverings (masks)

 Portable hand sanitizer dispensers

 Moisturizer to keep skin healthy with extra washing or use of alcohol-based sanitizer

 EPA-approved cleaning supplies 

 Reusable dish washing-type gloves

Supplies for Isolation or Quarantine

While we hope you won't need the supplies on the list below, it's better to plan ahead. Prepare a "go bag" with the following items that can be packed and ready to go on a moment's notice.

You should have enough of the following supplies to last two weeks.

 Medications: Any prescriptions you regularly take and over-the-counter medications such as fever reducers and pain relievers


 Self-care items: Tissues, hand sanitizer, soothing drink mixes or teas

 Extra school supplies

 EPA approved cleaning wipes

 Toiletry items: Shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste 

 Other personal care items: Razors, hygiene and nail care products, etc.

 Extra contacts or glasses and associated supplies

 Healthy non-perishable snacks such as nuts, dried fruits, granola or other snack bars

 Laundry bag

 Small amount of laundry detergent/pods

 Water bottle

Additional Resources

Contact Details

Housing Services


Taylor Hall 105