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, pliers, etc.)

For Sanitation and Health

Cleaning supplies

 Disinfectant wipes for personal spaces

Face coverings (masks)

 Hand sanitizer

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

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.

 Streaming device, Blu-ray player or video game console

For Showering and Getting Ready

Towels and washcloths

Shower shoes and shower caddy

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

Hair dryer

 Toothbrush covers

For Sleeping

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


Comforter or bedspread and blanket

Standing fan (Larison and Harris Halls are not air-conditioned)

Window screens — Window sizes in residence halls can vary. Please contact housing@bucknell.edu to obtain sizes for window screen purchases.

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, etc.)

For Your Room

Cleaning supplies 

Reusable dish washing-type gloves


Non-halogen desk, floor or bedside lamp (lamps with multiple bulbs are not recommended)

UL-listed surge protector

Plates, cups, bowls, utensils

Microwave (750 watts or less — see additional information at the bottom of this page)

Mini fridge (4.5 cubic feet or less — see additional information at the bottom of this page)

Trash and recycling 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

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

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:

 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

Additional Resources

Contact Details

Housing Services


Taylor Hall 105