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Tips for Boarding School Move In Day

Sarah O'Neill
The end of summer has arrived, and with it brings move in day! Yay! Can't wait to have this campus filled with students again.
 
If this is your first time at boarding school and/or living away from home, you’ll need some guidance on efficient ways to make the day easier. This post will go over a few tips, and present a packing list of must haves. You can find additional resources on the Tilton School Opening Day Page.
Pack Your Belongings in Bins vs. Bags or Cardboard Boxes
Using plastic bins to move makes for easy organization and unloading. These bins also double as storage for your room. Find some lof the long, skinny variety for under your bed, as well. Compression sacs are great for clothing, towels, and bedding.
 
Don’t Make Your Bins Too Heavy
Making sure your packing is as simplified as possible will make for an simple move in. It’s better to have a higher number of lighter bins than fewer, heavier ones.
 
Double and Triple Check This List!
You’ll be surprised how many students will forget to pack a pillow. Double and triple check the packing list so don’t forget an essential item! Have a second pair of eyes give your pack job a look over as well.
 
Take Care of Yourself
Move-in day is long, eventful, and tiring.  Make sure you are staying hydrated and wearing comfy clothing you can move around in.

More tips on being the most ready you can be here
Now, without further ado - THE PACKING LIST.

Bed & Bath
XL Twin Sheet Set(s)
Additional Pillow(s)
Pillow Cases
Bath Towels
Comforter, Blanket, or Bedspread
Mattress Pad/Cover

Electronics
Alarm Clock
Computer and Charger
Cell Phone and Charger
Power Strip with Surge Protector
Desk Lamp(s) *Halogen lights are not permitted
Light Bulbs (compact fluorescent)
Fan *Air conditioners are not permitted
 
Toiletries
Shower Caddy
Shampoo and Conditioner
Soap
Deodorant
Hairbrush/Comb
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
 
Miscellaneous
Backpack
Combination Lock
Graphic Calculator
Clothes Hangers
Umbrella
Dry Erase Board
Athletic Equipment (tennis racquet, ice skates, etc.)
 
School Supplies
Pens
Pencils
Folders
Binders
Notebooks
Planner
Sticky notes
Highlighters
Stapler
*Tilton School also has a well-stocked School Store
 
Clothing
Dress Code Attire *Reference the Student Handbook for Dress Code Guidelines • Bathrobe
Belt(s)
Blazer for Formal Dinner
Dresses
Tie(s)
Sweaters
Shower Sandals/Flip-Flops
Raincoat
Winter Coat
Winter Boots
Winter Hat and Gloves
Fleece or Light Jackets

Laundry
Hamper   
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