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 Getting Around

Umbrella and boots for wet weather


Good walking shoes

For Relaxing

TV and cables (HDMI, power cord, etc.)

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 and printer (learn how to borrow equipment)

Computer power cord and accessories.

Ethernet cable


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)

Appliances & MicroFridge Rentals

Bucknell does not provide appliances like microwaves or mini-fridges for single and double rooms assigned to first-year students and sophomores. You can coordinate with your roommate and bring your own appliances or rent a MicroFridge — an appliance with both functions — through the Campus Specialties website.

Once you have your current housing assignment including room number and building name, you can place your order. Campus Specialties will deliver the unit directly to your room and remove it after you move out at the end of the spring semester. You just need to clean it out and unplug the unit when you move out.

Rent your MicroFridge here

Housing Insurance

If you want extra protection for your personal property, whether you are on campus or studying abroad, consider purchasing the College Plus Insurance plan. Their 24/7 plan protects you against theft; damages from accidents, burglary, fire, water or natural disasters like floods and earthquakes.

The plan covers computers, laptops and personal devices including tablets, smartphones and audio players. It also covers school books, clothes, bicycles, musical instruments, and sporting goods.

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Storage Information

Stress less on move-out day by using our official storage provider, Dorm Room Movers, to store your stuff during the summer. 

Dorm Room Movers will send you boxes and tape. You pack up your stuff — and that's it. Their movers will pick up your items, store them while you're away and deliver everything back to you when you return.

Dorm Room Movers also can ship boxes to your home or wherever you need them.

How it works:

  1. Sign up online or over the phone.
  2. Dorm Room Movers sends you packing supplies.
  3. Pack your stuff in the boxes or out of the boxes.
  4. Their insured movers pick up your stuff.
  5. They store or ship whatever you need.
  6. They deliver to your new residence at the beginning of the school year.

No stress because:

  • They send you boxes and tape to pack.
  • Your gear is picked up and delivered by professional movers.
  • You get $100 insurance per box or unboxed item.
  • Your stuff is stored in a climate-protected storage facility with 24/7 security.
  • The company is BBB A+ rated.

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