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The Ultimate Supply List for Boarding School

prepster310prepster310 118 replies8 threads Junior Member
edited July 2013 in Prep School Admissions
Hey all you guys heading to boarding school, this is a place to list all the things we will need :D Please, only list things not already mentioned!

All you guys and girls already at BS, or that went, could you chime in. What did you need that you never thought of your first year? I'm sure this would be helpful to all of us.

So come on everybody, what will you need! Include dorm stuff, school stuff, fun stuf, sports stuff and whatever else you can think of!!

Here, Ill start off:


-Lots of sticky notes!
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  • Burb ParentBurb Parent 2010 replies90 threads Senior Member
    Dorm stuff -- a cushy swivel chair, bookcase and refrigerator
    Look in places like PBTeens for dorm stuff. Under the bed storage is good, a full-length mirror, shower tote, bath slippers, over the door hook for things like towels, etc. Anything to make your bed softer like a tempurpedic cover.
    Check with your dorm master first because your dorm may come with a bookshelf or not allow a refrigerator.
    Swifters are popular as are small hand held vacs.
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  • sabookssabooks User Awaiting Email Confirmation 138 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Microwave popcorn, Pop Tarts, flavored water- bought by the case at a Big Box store...
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  • xcyuenxcyuen 88 replies5 threads Junior Member
    alot of clean underwear

    polo shirts/khaki shorts, pants....other preppy clothes in your closet

    headphones/stereo/mp3 player

    running shoes...even if you dont think youre going to do any sports

    photos of your friends/family

    read The official preppy handbook by Lisa Birnbach (1980)

    pens/pencils/stationary supplies


    bike and a lock

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  • sugerkimsugerkim 386 replies2 threads Member
    plastic storage drawers
    trash can (my dorm doesn't provide them)
    lots of hangers
    a seat cushion and extra pillows
    paper clips and thumb tacks
    chargers for ipod, cellphone, camera battery, etc.
    I know there were a lot more, but I can't remember them at the moment
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  • Burb ParentBurb Parent 2010 replies90 threads Senior Member
    a fan for the start of the school year
    a printer
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  • goaliedadgoaliedad 2158 replies41 threads Senior Member
    and several refill cartridges for that printer! They always seem to run dry when you are in a hurry to print a paper.
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  • dancerx31293dancerx31293 418 replies40 threads Member
    POSTERS AND PICTURES!!! I'd say maybe bring some dvds and games, although there won't be all that much time for that...
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  • dancerx31293dancerx31293 418 replies40 threads Member
    hahaha & I read this somewhere.

    Bring candy when you first come and everyone will be all over you like a cheap suit.

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  • blairtblairt 1599 replies136 threads Senior Member
    best thread ever! this is what i was looking for!
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  • blairtblairt 1599 replies136 threads Senior Member
    you think it's best to go shopping AFTER you arrive and get in your dorm and whatnot?

    does anyone know of a place LIKE Ikea near Exeter, NH?
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  • dancerx31293dancerx31293 418 replies40 threads Member
    YES!!! There is one in fact. I live about an hour from Exeter.

    Can't remember the town, though. I'll get back to you on that one...
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  • D'yer MakerD'yer Maker 3348 replies73 threads Senior Member
    From pp. 9-10 of this past year's Hotchkiss Student Handbook
    (https://www.hotchkiss.org/data/files/Gallery/ParentSecureDownloads/NewStudentHandbook0607.pdf (1.16MB pdf file)):

    PACKING LIST: What To Bring

    * optional
    ** needed also by day students

    Appliance-Type Items
    alarm clock
    camera *
    computer *
    desk lamp (not halogen)
    fan *
    hair dryer *
    humidifier *
    reading lamp for bed *
    stereo *
    telephone *
    Walkman *

    bath towels (2-4) **
    your own special pillow *
    sheets (4) (single-bed unfitted)
    pillow cases (4)
    wash clothes (2)
    bedspread or quilt

    Clothes and Shoes
    athletic socks (10+)
    bathrobe *
    dress code clothes (see page 11)
    dress pants or special skirt/dress *
    dress shoes
    sandals *
    shower sandals *
    turtlenecks (2+)
    underwear (lots)
    winter boots
    winter coat
    winter hat and glove
    (Amount of clothing depends on how
    often student does laundry.)

    athletic equipment as appropriate
    bike, lock and helmet*
    binders (2)
    bulletin board*
    computer disks and holder**
    dry erase board*
    graphing calculator (see page 14)
    key chain**
    laundry bags (2)
    laundry detergent
    laundry marking pen
    loose-leaf paper
    notebooks (3)
    paper clips**
    pencils and pens (10+)
    plastic utensils*
    quarters for laundry
    sewing kit (needle, thread, buttons)
    small duffel bag*
    small rug*
    wall d?cor*
    water bottle**

    Toiletries and Such
    containers for makeup, jewelry and
    hair items*
    feminine hygiene products
    hairbrush and comb
    nail clippers*
    razors, etc.
    shampoo and conditioner
    soap and container
    toothpaste and toothbrush

    What NOT To Bring
    electric heater
    halogen lamps
    hot pot or hotplate
    ironing board
    toaster or toaster oven
    trash can
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  • QuennQuenn 98 replies2 threads Junior Member
    This is a copy of the letter I sent to my D's roommate in summer 2005--it turned out to be pretty accurate. Happy planning!

    D said you needed some direction in figuring out what to buy and bring for the cold weather. I made up a general list; hope it helps you get your bearings. A New Hampshire winter is much colder than D is used to, too. All the outerwear can pretty much be gotten from LLBean or Patagonia; LLBean is generally less expensive. In some cases I?ve explained what D has, not because she?s setting any kind of standard (believe me, she?s not) but because I thought it would clarify what I was talking about. You?ll need warmer things by the end of October but it?s unlikely (I think) that there would be snow before the end of November.

    Two pairs of wool or fleece gloves (what you will use the most; easy to manipulate your
    backpack without taking them off)
    A pair of waterproof gloves
    A scarf
    A pair of heavy duty snow boots
    A pair of something to wear in the mud and rain and on plowed paths, like slip-on
    LLBean boots (thinsulate gumshoes or rubber mocs, that?s what D has. The
    mocs are easier to just slip on but your feet get cold in them once winter sets in)
    A wool or fleece hat

    A pull-over or zip-up fleece
    A raincoat (D has both a lined one and a shell)
    A down vest?worn alone in the fall, under a coat in winter

    A thinsulate or down coat?as warm as possible
    A lighter but warm jacket, like a fleece-lined shell

    4 cotton turtlenecks and
    4 sweaters to be worn over turtlenecks.
    3 prs corduroy pants
    A white turtleneck to wear under your soccer uniform in the cold?D said you play

    Possibly optional
    A pair of waterproof insulated pull-on snow pants for skiing, or snowball play on the
    lawns if intending to do such things
    a long wool coat (D has a black one)
    a pair of wool or fleece mittens

    When you go through your wardrobe, think layers. You can layer tee shirts and tank tops that you already have under long sleeve button-down or polo shirts, and sweaters or sweatshirts.

    If in doubt, don?t buy it now?wait until you get to Exeter and see what seems necessary and appropriate.
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  • keylymekeylyme 2778 replies47 threads Senior Member
    That sticky putty kind of stuff (can't think what it's called) to hang posters and such.
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  • keylymekeylyme 2778 replies47 threads Senior Member
    ....and a dry-erase board for your door.
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  • goaliedadgoaliedad 2158 replies41 threads Senior Member
    So Hotchkiss still uses quarters for laundry.

    My D's school uses value cards that you can refill on a vending machine ($5 increments). Sure beats trying to scrounge quarters when you are down to you last pair of clean socks.
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  • blairtblairt 1599 replies136 threads Senior Member
    Quenn, thank you so much.

    Do you really layer turtlenecks AND sweaters in the winter?
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  • keylymekeylyme 2778 replies47 threads Senior Member
    Haha blairt...I live in nh and wear turtlenecks under sweaters from October through March. As a matter of fact we are expecting a snowstorm this w/e.
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  • goaliedadgoaliedad 2158 replies41 threads Senior Member
    Blair, I'd recommend talking with a parent of a current Exeter student to see what their daughter is wearing.

    BTW, you'll quickly adjust to the temperature.

    My D generally goes to class in hoodies unless it is below 25. They have an entirely causal dress code, though.
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  • blairtblairt 1599 replies136 threads Senior Member
    I'll just come back to California and defrost every vacation.
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