Suggested Packing List

Suggested Packing List

We understand that packing and moving can be a stressful experience for both students and their families. Although there is no perfect packing list, below are some suggestions for what students may want to pack when they come to GW. Remember, there’s no need to have or pack everything on this list. Instead, use this to help create your own packing list. And don't forget to pack things that will make your room at GW feel like home.


  • Prior to moving in, talk to your roommate(s) about sharing – this will defray your personal costs and cut down on duplication. We recommend that you consider purchasing common items when you come to campus.
  • Sometimes there are items that are easier to purchase upon arrival. Many malls and stand-alone retail outlets are within walking distance or a short Metro ride or drive away.
  • For your safety, there are items that GW prohibits in our residence halls. Please carefully review GW's Prohibited Item List prior to arriving on campus.
  • GW is committed to sustainability. Consider "buying green" when purchasing items for your room.
  • Note which items can be brought with you, or shipped to you later, such as winter clothes.



  • Accessories (Belts, Watches, Jewelry)
  • Business-Casual Clothes
  • Gloves/Scarves/Hats
  • Jackets (Light, Rain, Winter)
  • Pajamas
  • Pants/Jeans
  • Shoes (Sneakers, Boots, Dress Shoes)
  • Slippers and/or Flip-Flops
  • Socks/Underwear
  • Sweaters
  • Sweats
  • Swimsuit
  • T-Shirts/Blouses
  • Workout Clothes


  • Photo Albums and Scrapbooks
  • Pictures
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Yearbook


  • Alarm Clock
  • Camera
  • MP3 Player/iPod/Tablet
  • Cell Phone & Charger
  • Computer/Laptop - Don’t forget the laptop’s charger and locking cable.
  • Gaming System*
  • Power Strip w/Surge Protector (UL listed)
  • Printer & Ink Cartridges*
  • Printer Paper
  • TV* (w/remote and user manual)
  • TV Coaxial Cable (6-10 feet)*


  • Bath Towels/Washcloths
  • Brush and Comb
  • Cleaning Supplies*
  • Dental Care Products (Toothbrush, Paste, Floss, Mouth Wash)
  • Ear Plugs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Grooming Products
  • Hair Products (Shampoo, Conditioner, Dryer)
  • Nail Clippers
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Prescription Medication
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes/Flip Flops
  • Skin Care Products
  • Soap
  • Tissues


  • ATM Card
  • Checkbook
  • Credit Cards
  • Drivers License
  • GWorld Card
  • Insurance Cards
  • Passport/Visa
  • Social Security Card
  • Lock Box

Laundry Supplies

  • Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Drying Rack*
  • Fabric Softener
  • Garment Bags
  • Iron (auto shut-off)*
  • Ironing Board*
  • Laundry Bag/Basket
  • Lint Brush

Room Supplies

  • Air Fresheners
  • Calendar
  • Desk Lamp & Bulbs (non-halogen)
  • Fan
  • Floor Lamp & Bulbs (non-halogen)*
  • Hangers
  • Mattress Pad
  • Message Board*
  • Mirror-Full Length
  • Poster Putty
  • Posters
  • Sheet Sets (Extra-Long Twin recommended), Pillows & Blankets/Comforter
  • Throw Rugs*
  • Trash Can
  • Under-the-Bed Storage Boxes
  • Window/Door Curtains (w/Tension Rod)

Desk/School Supplies

  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Desk Lamp
  • Erasers
  • Folders with Pockets
  • Highlighter Pens
  • Index Cards
  • Labels of various sizes
  • Notebooks
  • Paper Clips and Binder Clips
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stamps and Envelopes
  • Stapler and Staples
  • Sticky Notes
  • Tape


  • Flashlight
  • Hand Truck (for move-in)
  • Plastic Food Storage Containers with Sealing Lids
  • Umbrella
  • Water Filter Pitcher*

* =Items commonly shared among roommates