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Skidmore College
Residential Life

Packing List

A list of essentials and suggestions for students living on campus. Our Packing list also includes items that are not approved. This is only a suggested list of items to bring with you. Please speak to your roommates before purchasing to avoid duplication. Please avoid using lists provided at stores, as they often contain prohibited items.

Many of these items can be purchased on campus at the Skidmore Shop. Visit their site to view some of their inventory and get a sense of what you can purchase right on campus!

We want to ensure every community is safe, so if you have any questions please feel free to contact our office.
Phone: 518-580-5765 or Email:

The Sleeping Essentials

  • Sheet set
  • Mattress cover
  • Mattress pad/foam pad
  • Comforter & blanket
  • Pillows

The Clothing Essentials

  • Clothing for all seasons
  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Clothes hangers

The Winter Essentials

  • Thick coat
  • Hat, gloves & scarf
  • Boots
  • Shovel & snow brush/ice scraper
  • Boot tray


  • Provide 600 or more joules protection
  • Be UL 1449 compliant
  • Have an on/off switch
  • Not be longer than 6 feet

The Cleaning Essentials

  • Towels
  • Soap, shampoo, etc.
  • Shower flip flops
  • Wastebasket
  • Paper towels
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Air freshener
  • Small vacuum cleaner

Emergency Preparedness

  • Health insurance card
  • Passport
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medication
  • Flashlight & batteries

Other Items

  • Computer/laptop
  • Fan
  • Alarm Clock
  • Cable cord
  • Ethernet cable
  • School supplies
  • Room decorations
  • Under Bed Storage Bins (no taller than 30”)


Talk to your roommates to decide who’s bringing

  • Mini refrigerator (no bigger than 3.3 cubic feet)
  • Television
  • Game Systems


  • Halogen Lamps
  • Tri-Color Octopus Lamps
  • Extension Cords
  • Microwaves
  • Animals
  • Alcohol & Alcohol Paraphernalia (Beer Pong Tables, Funnels, Kegs, etc.)
  • Illegal Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia (Hookahs, Grinders, Vaporizers, etc.)
  • Smoking Paraphernalia (Pipes, Ash Trays, etc.)
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Tapestries
  • Weapons
  • Bed Risers
  • Large Bass/Stereo/Amplifier Systems