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How to make your dorm room home, sweet, home

Patrick Garrity

Exeter is awesome. It's even more awesome with the right stuff.

August 28, 2018
Move-In Day is just around the corner. Be sure to bring the right stuff.
Move-In Day is just around the corner. Be sure to bring some essentials to make your dorm room a happy place.

You have your charming personality, your brilliant mind and your boundless curiosity. But did you remember to pack your shower shoes? 

As summer break winds down and Move-In Day nears, we've compiled a packing list to ensure the "boarding" part of your boarding-school experience is a hit. 

Electric fans: New Hampshire can be steamy this time of year (it topped 80 degrees eight times last September). Exeter’s dorms are hallowed but they don't have central air conditioning.

Bedding: Each boarder is issued sheets, pillow cases and towels, and woolen blankets and pillows are available on request. Your own pillow, a mattress pad and a cozy comforter or quilt can make a big difference in a good night's sleep.

Chargers: Bring two for every device: One for the room, one for the backpack.

Eye mask and ear plugs: Roommates won’t always be in sync, so well-positioned masks and ear plugs can keep the peace.

Shower shoes: Google tinea pedis, then pack a pair of flip-flops.

Bike lock and helmet: Secure your bike, secure your brain. New Hampshire state law requires those under the age of 16 to wear a bicycle helmet while riding on a public way.

Alarm clock: Smart for when the smartphone dies.

Clothes hangers: Hang 'em up and beat wrinkles.

Area rug: Just be sure not to block the door.

Air freshener: Laundry pick-up is only once a week.

Raincoats and rain boots: Exeter gets 48 inches of rain a year, on average (that's not counting the 55 inches of snow annually).

Books: Strictly fun, not work. The class of 2018 has great recommendations

And here are some things to leave home (because they're not allowed):

  • Upholstered furniture
  • Refrigerators
  • Stringed or Christmas lights
  • Portable space heaters and all heat-producing items, including flat irons, coffee pots, corn poppers, hot plates, toasters and halogen lamps
  • Candles and incense
  • Improvised partitions and room dividers

Consult the E-Book, page 24, for a full list of banned items.

Have a look at an empty Dunbar Hall dorm room in 360 degrees.


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