Your Ultimate Back to Boarding School Packing List

The start of a new school year can be filled with a wide range of mixed emotions. Especially for students attending reputable private boarding schools, the approach of a new school year can sometimes feel daunting. Knowing what to pack for the upcoming school year can give students attending private boarding schools a new peace of mind.

Though many institutions and private boarding schools will have their own specific packing list, a few basics still apply across the board. As you help your student begin to pack, take the time to make sure he or she has exactly what is needed. Sending your child off with the appropriate necessities is the best way to start the school year off right.

For the Dorm Room

A dorm room is essentially your student’s home throughout the school year, so take the time to make it perfect. Check with the school to determine the size of the beds, and then select appropriate bedding for the dorm. Because the dorm will be your child’s haven, be sure she picks dorm décor that makes her feel comfortable and at home. Purchase Command Hooks or sticky tac for hanging that décor.

Send general room cleaners with your child and scented deodorizers. Do not send anything flammable or potentially dangerous, like candles or wax melts, with your child.

For the Classroom

Your child’s booklist will come directly from the school, but make sure you equip them with the necessary paper and pencils. Private boarding schools have a reputation for requiring a large academic load, so make sure your child has enough supplies to last a year.

Purchase paper, pens, pencils, erasers and highlighters. Also consider buying a planner, calendar and sticky notes to help with organization.

For the Bathroom

Depending on the school, your student could be faced with a myriad of different bathroom situations. Ultimately, whether shared or private, send the essentials — just to be safe. Send shampoo, body wash, soap and two towels with your student. If your student will be using a community shower, send shower shoes and disinfectant as well.

For the Closet

Dressing appropriately is important at private boarding schools. Make sure your child’s clothing not only complies with dress code policy, but also is appropriate for the weather. Read local weather reports and determine what kind of outerwear your child needs.

In a cold area, do not forget warm boots and water-resistant coats. In warm areas, do not forget polarized sunglasses and breathable hats.

For Everything Else

Laundry detergent, a roll of quarters to use at the laundromat and in vending machines and general cleaning supplies should also be sent with your student. A first aid kit, necessary medications and a list of emergency contact numbers will also go a long way.

Private boarding schools often have a list of necessary supplies, so contact your child’s school to find that list before you finish packing up. Both you and your child will have peace of mind as they set of completely prepared for what lies ahead.

Maddison Driggs is an academic writer for Fusion 360, an SEO and content marketing agency. Information provided by Wasatch Academy. Follow on Twitter.