Tips for Boarding School Move In Day
Sarah O'Neill

Tilton's fall campus opening begins on August 15th, with students filtering in by groups into the beginning of September. We truly can't wait to have students on this campus again. Even though the challenges brought on by COVID-19 have been extensive and we are operating at high caution, dorm move-in day still brings in the same amount of excitement and well-received chaos for boarding students. 

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. 

Make Sure You're Playing it Safe

We've broken down our students into groups, and further more into registration and move in appointments. This assures a safe and gradual repopulation of Tilton campus. Some things you can do before you arrive to assure you are as safe as possible are as follows:

  • Make sure you are tested for COVID-19 before arriving on campus. More info and testing sites on our Fall Reopening page.
  • If you or a family member is feeling ill, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, please stay home and do not come to campus.
  • Pack 5 or 6 breathable face masks. You will be moving and sweating all day long, so investing in a lightweight, cooling mask is totally worth it. Here are some great options.
  • Wash your hands often and bring hand sanitizer along! You can even set text reminders on your phone to ensure your diligence on this issue. 
  • Maintain proper social distancing and wear your face mask in all areas other community members are present. 

For more information on what you can do to limit the spread of COVID-19, click here.

Tilton School move in day is made safer by wearing the proper face mask.

Clean as You Pack...and Unpack

Before putting that item in a moving bin, wipe down and disinfect it. Do the same as you take something out and assign it to its new home in your dorm room. 

Pack Your Belongings in Bins vs. Reused Bags or Moving Boxes

Using plastic bins to move makes for easy organization and unloading. Also, it is more sanitary to use brand new bins than recycled bags or cardboard moving boxes. These bins also double as storage for your room. Find some of 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 a 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 you 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 and tiring. Make sure you are staying hydrated and wearing comfy clothing you can move around in.

Now, without further ado - THE PACKING LIST.


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