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) and/or air fryer

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

Coffee maker or Keurig

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 (First-year students are not eligible to apply for parking permits or park on campus) Additional parking information
  • 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, 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


126 Vedder Hall