Housing & Residence Life

Packing for the Big Day!

We know that moving to college is a big deal and you already have a lot on your mind. That is why we have compiled a helpful list of what you should and should not bring with you. We also recommend that you work with your roommate(s) or suitemate(s) to coordinate who will bring certain shared items such as a TV or cleaning materials.

What to Pack List

To download our move-in check off list - click here (PDF)

What to Pack

  • General Items
    • Bedding (for full or twin XL-see residence hall pages)
    • Broom/Small Vacuum Cleaner
    • Cleaning Products
    • Trash Can/Recycling Bin
    • Headphones
    • Plug Strip with Surge Protector (must have integrated circuit breaker)
    • Flashlight
    • Batteries
    • Lamp/Desk Lamp (non-halogen)
    • Stackable Storage System/Boxes
    • Room Decorations
    • Over the Door Free Standing Mirror
    • Shower Curtain for Closet Cover (CS, SZ)
    • Bicycle/Bicycle Lock/Helmet
  • Personal Care and Hygiene Items
    • Basic First Aid Kit
    • Pain Reliever
    • Prescription Drugs
    • Contact Lens Supplies/Glasses
    • Insurance Cards
    • Medical Information
    • Personal Hygiene Items
    • Shower Shoes
    • Toiletry Bag/Shower Caddy
    • Towels/Washcloths
  • For Classes and Studying
    • General School Supplies (pencils/pens, paper, notebooks etc.)
    • Bookbag
    • Calculator
    • Paperclips
    • Ruler
    • Scissors
    • Stapler
    • Flash Drive
  • Hanging Items
    • Command Strips (BK, GH, SZ, US)
    • Thumbtacks (CS, IH, KH,PH, SH,TH, LH, SC, SL, SV)


What Not to Pack 

  • List of What Not to Pack
    • Any Type of Firearm or Bullets
    • Weapons of any Kind
    • Double-Sided Sticky Tape
    • Wall-Mounted Bookshelf
    • Wall-Mounted Mirror
    • Wall-Mounted Frames
    • Deep Fryers
    • Electric Skillet
    • Expensive Jewelry
    • Oil Lamps
    • Toaster Oven
    • Oil Popcorn Popper
    • George Foreman Grill
    • Gas or Charcoal Grill
    • Curtains (unless flame retardant)
    • Lava Lamp
    • Space Heaters
    • Ceiling Fans
    • Halogen Lamps
    • Paintball, Water, Nerf or Other Recreational/Toy Guns
    • Pets (with the exception of fish in 20 gallon tank or less)
    • Hover Boards
    • Scooters
    • Electronic Skateboards
    • LED Light Strips
    • Waterbeds/Mattresses
    • Illegal Drugs
    • Drug Paraphernalia
    • Candles (ceremonial, decorative or display)
    • Incense
    • Hookahs
    • Fireworks
    • Non-Fire Retardant Material Used to Decorate
    • Wireless Routers
    • Third Party Loft Beds
    • Incandescent Bulbs
    • Road/Traffic Signs or Safety Cones
    • Extension Cords

This is not an all-inclusive list. If you have questions please contact
Housing and Residence Life prior to your arrival to campus.
910.962.3241  housing@uncw.edu