The Ultimate RIT Packing List

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The Ultimate RIT Packing List

Although this question may be the most feared as an incoming freshman, it is still in everyone’s mind: What should I pack when I go back? There are many college-packing lists online, but RIT is a unique place. There are many different types of dorms and apartments that require different things to bring. No matter who you are, fear not; all you’ll need to bring is listed here.

You can’t live on coffee


  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Bed rest pillow
  • Blankets
  • Mattress pad
  • Foam topper
  • Bed bug protector

Dorms and Global Village

  • Twin XL sheet set
  • Twin XL duvet or comforter set
  • UC and Global Village
  • Double sheet set
  • Double duvet or comforter set

Perkins, Colony, and Riverknoll

You will have to bring your own bed, size of comforter/duvet and sheets will depend on the size bed you bring


Living the suite life! Students assigned temporarily to the hotel area of the RIT Inn are provided bath

towels, hand towels, washcloths, sheets, blankets, bedspread, and pillows.

Make it your home away from home


  • Area Rug
  • Posters, Photos, Adhesive hooks and strips
  • Hangers
  • Closet Organizer
  • Shoe rack
  • Jewelry Organizer
  • Trashcan
  • Extra Storage
  • Fan


  • Extra seating
  • Foldable chairs
  • Hollow benches that also serve as extra storage

University Commons/Global Village/RIT Inn

These apartments are already furnished! Unless you really want to spice up your place, no extra furniture

is necessary


You will need all furniture necessary to fill the apartment and be comfortable in your room and home.

This includes:

  • Chairs
  • Futon
  • Sofa
  • Bed
  • Bedside table and lamp
  • Dining table and dining chairs
  • Floor lamp
  • Coffee table
  • TV stand
  • Desk and desk chair

Yes, it’s time to do your own laundry


  • Laundry basket or hamper
  • Laundry detergent, color catchers, fabric softener, and dryer sheets
  • Portable stain remover
  • Drying rack
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing kit
  • Lint roller

College students need school supplies too


  • Check Tiger Center for a specific list of textbooks you’ll need in your classes
  • Backpack and lunchbox
  • Calculator
  • Desk or hanging calendar
  • Agenda
  • Desk organizer
  • Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Paperclips, rubber bands, and sticky notes
  • Index cards
  • Laptop stand
  • Pencil case, pencils, earasers, and pens
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stapler and staples
  • Tape

Time to get techy


  • Laptop (keyboard and mouse if necessary)
  • Laptop Case
  • External hard drive, flash drives
  • Camera and SD card
  • Tablet
  • Chargers
  • HDMI cable
  • TV
  • Headphones
  • Speakers
  • Printer
  • Surge protectors

Keep yourself healthy


  • Allergy, cold, and prescription medicine
  • First aid kit
  • Birth control and condoms
  • Throat drops/lozenges
  • Eye drops
  • Humidifier
  • Multivitamins
  • Over-the-counter medication (Advil, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, etc.)
  • Retainer

Get Squeaky Clean


  • Loofah
  • Washcloths
  • Bath towels
  • Dorms
  • Shower shoes
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower caddie
  • University Commons, Global Village, Colony, Perkins and Riverknoll:
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies
  • Shower curtain, curtain rods
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower organizer
  • Air freshener
  • Shower mat

Dress for Success


  • Bras and underwear
  • PJ’s
  • Dresses
  • Tops
  • T-shirts and tank tops
  • Sweatshirts and sweatpants
  • Jeans
  • Leggings and yoga pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Workout clothes
  • Shorts and skirts
  • Professional clothing (this is useful for career day)
  • Belts
  • Sweaters
  • Jackets
  • Raincoat
  • Winter coat (it’s RIT, don’t skip this)
  • Gloves, hat, scarves
  • Workout clothes
  • Athletic sneakers
  • Casual shoes
  • Flip-flops
  • Heels
  • Rain boots and snow boots
  • Socks and slippers
  • Sunglasses and regular glasses
  • Bathing suits
  • Purse/wallet
  • Jewelry/watch

Must have Documents

  • Bank documents
  • Credit card, debit card, cash, and checks
  • Driver’s license/identification
  • Car registration and insurance information
  • Copy of birth certificate and copy of Social Security card
  • Passport
  • Financial aid documents
  • Insurance cards

Gussy up


  • Bar soap and body wash
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Cleanser, acne medicine, and cream
  • Shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup and makeup remover
  • Chapstick and Vaseline
  • Hair gel and hairspray
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, toothbrush holder, floss, and mouthwash
  • Razor
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers
  • Hairbrush/ comb
  • Bobby pins, hair ties, and hair clips
  • Blow dryer, curling iron, hair straightener
  • Contacts, solution, and case
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail clippers/Nail files
  • Tampons and pads

What’s cookin’?


  • Mugs, travel mugs, and water bottle
  • Water heater
  • Crock pot
  • Pans pots
  • Measuring Cups
  • Toaster
  • Drying Rack
  • Utensils and dishes
  • Napkins
  • Ziploc bags
  • Paper towels
  • Dish-washing soap
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Dust cloth
  • Trash bags
  • Coffeepot

UC and Global Village

  • Blender
  • Mini fridge
  • Can opener
  • Chip clips
  • Food storage containers
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tinfoil
  • Dish towels
  • Hand soap
  • Glass cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Vacuum
  • Mop/Swiffer
  • Oven mitts

Perkins, Colony, and Riverknoll

Everything above plus a microwave

Extra but Necessary

  • Bike and bike lock
  • Video game console
  • Art supplies
  • Musical instruments
  • Safety whistle (RIT has blue lights, it is a very safe campus. Never bad to be extra careful though)
  • Tool kit
  • Suitcase/duffel bag
  • Umbrella
  • Sports equipment
  • Snow scraper for car

Think I missed anything? Put anything else that you think is an essential in the comments on Facebook! Get to school and realized you left something out? RIT has lots of businesses like Wal-Mart, Target, Wegmans, and more right near campus that are accessible by car and bus. You can also use your RIT ID for membership at the Henrietta BJ’s!

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