University of Dayton Packing List | Move in Day

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Dayton move in day can be extremely stressful during the freshman school year. We understand that feeling and that is why we have compiled a list on what to bring and not to bring during move in day. Here is the complete Dayton packing list!

What to Bring to University of Dayton on Move in Day?


  • Alarm clock
  • Dry erase board and pens
  • Box fan
  • Pictures/posters
  • Under-bed storage containers
  • TV
  • Desk lamp


  • Twin XL bed sheets (available at most stores; just ask!)
  • Extra blankets/comforter
  • Mattress pad/egg crate (makes things extra-comfy)
  • Pillow/pillow case
  • Sleeping bag


  • Professional/Dress clothes (for Convocation, as well as other events throughout the year)
  • Gloves/hat/jacket
  • Swimsuit (the RecPlex has both a pool and a whirlpool!)
  • Workout clothes


  • Towels and washcloths
  • Hair items (brush, comb, hair dryer, etc.)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss
  • Shampoo, conditioner, hair products
  • Nail clippers
  • Shower caddy and shower flip-flops


  • Clothes hamper/laundry bag (get something tall, rather than wide—it conserves space)
  • Detergent (HE preferred)
  • Stain removers
  • Hangers (your closet won’t have any, so you’ll want to bring them)
  • Iron (if you’re so inclined)


  • Dish detergent/brush (if you bring the kitchen basics, you’ll want to clean them)
  • All-purpose cleaner (all surfaces can use a good wipe down once in a while)
  • Air freshener


  • Health insurance card
  • Emergency contact info
  • Social Security card/birth certificate for on-campus job (put these items in a safe place and tell your roommate where they are)


  • Antacid
  • Advil/Aspirin/Tylenol
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Band-Aids
  • Decongestants/allergy medication
  • Cotton balls/Q-tips
  • Eye drops


  • Lap desk or other stabilizer for using laptop on unsteady surfaces
  • Laptop cooling pad (helps if you leave your computer on all the time on your desk)
  • External hard drive and/or USB/ thumb drive (backing up your computer is very important!)
  • Printer
  • All manuals (in case you need to reinstall something)
  • USB hub (if you have a lot of USB items like a cell phone, wireless mouse, printer, etc.)
  • Network cable (you can use WiFi or plug-in hookups in your room)


  • Batteries
  • Extension cords/surge protectors
  • Flashlight
  • Light bulbs (if you bring a desk lamp)
  • Umbrella
  • Phone and electronics chargers

What not to bring during Dayton move in day? (IMPORTANT)

  • Candles, incense, wax melters
  • Nails, screws, wall mounting kits or anything that leaves permanent holes in walls
  • Electrical appliances (fryers, grills, toaster ovens.
  • Space heaters
  • Ceiling fans
  • Pets are not allowed except for fish
  • Extension cords
  • Weapons
  • Firearms, knives
  • Hover boards
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