BRING WARM CLOTHES! I'm a sophomore at U of M (grew up in Madison 5 hrs away, so I feel your pain with the distance), and you never know when a cold spell is going to come out of no where. If you grew up in the cold climate, then disregard my message...er, sorta. If you don't plan on going home until thanksgiving bring warm clothes. It has been known to snow before then, and you would be pretty uncomfortable without at least a fall coat and a good stash of sweatshirts.