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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:

For the 2020-2021 academic year, we are also advising all students to come to campus with only essential items and to ensure that they can be removed easily within one car. Our Spring 2020 semester ended abruptly due to COVID-19, and we want to ensure all students are prepared to remove their items by the last day of classes on Friday, November 20th, or earlier if necessary.

The Sleeping Essentials

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

The Clothing Essentials

  • Clothing for Fall
  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Clothes hangers

The Winter Essentials

  • Thick coat
  • Hat, gloves & scarf
  • Boots
  • Shovel & snow brush/ice scraper (if you are bringing a car)

Medical Essentials

  • Face Masks
  • Thermometer
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medication
  • Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough drops, and cough medicine

The Cleaning Essentials

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

Emergency Preparedness

  • Health insurance card
  • Passport
  • Flashlight & batteries

Other Items

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

Apartment Items

  • Plates, cups, utensils
  • Cookware - pots and pans


Talk to your roommates/Housemates 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