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Packing Checklist

This is most Hill boarding students' first experience living away from home. Therefore we encourage students to make the dorm rooms as similar to their rooms at home as possible. Favorite posters, photos of family and friends, plants, and a favorite pillow or blanket are a few of the comforts of home students may want at The Hill.

Student dormitory rooms have some basic items that every student needs for safety, comfort and the ability to function within a residential community. Our student rooms come in all shapes and sizes. With the exception of a few rooms, all of our dorm rooms are doubles. Living in a dormitory community with other teenagers will help you develop important life skills, as well as independence. Below you will find an outline of what items your room will have, items you will need to bring, items you may want to bring, and most importantly, items you should not bring.

Dormitory Furnishings: The School provides basic furnishings for residential living -- window blinds and/or shades, standard size twin bed and mattress (extra-long mattresses will be provided by request), desk, chair, wastebasket, dresser, and closet space per person. However, here are a few additions to help you feel at home. A printer is provided in every dorm for student use

• Twin sheets - 2 sets
• Mattress cover
• Blanket
• Pillows
• Bedspread, comforter
• Sleeping bag **THIRD and SIXTH formers only for overnight retreats.

• Towels/washcloths
• Shower tote
• Shower sandals/flip flops
• Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, etc.)

Dress Code items 
• Winter jacket
• Gloves, scarf, winter hat
• Clothes hangers
• Rain/snow boots
• Umbrella
• Laundry bag
• Laundry detergent, stain remover, dryer sheets (if you are not using the laundry service)
• Clothes drying rack
• Small sewing kit
• Under-the-bed bins or storage crates

Desk & School Supplies:
• Traditional alarm clock is required for third form boarding students
• Energy-efficient desk lamp
• School supplies (i.e., pens, binders, notebooks, highlighters, stapler, etc.)
• USB or flash drive
• Stamps/envelopes/address book
• Calendar/assignment book/planner
• Back pack/tote bag
• 3-prong extension cord (UL approved)
• 3-prong power strip and surge protector
• Flashlight

Food/Food items:
• Snacks (with sealable containers to store leftovers)
• Drinks (water/sports drinks/ soda)
• Reusable mug/cup/water bottle
• Dishes/bowls/plates/utensils
• Environmentally-friendly dishwashing liquid/sponge

Medical/Health Related Items:
• First aid kit
• Necessary medications (Note: prescription pain and psychotropic medications must be stored at the Wellness Center)

Other Items You Don’t Need, But Many Students Like to Have:
• Fan
• Decorations (must be hung so as not to damage walls or paint or create fire hazards)
• Pictures from home
• Bed table
• Non-toxic cleaning supplies (disinfectant, cleaning spray and/or wipes)
• Cell phone and charger
• Headphones for use during study hall (noise-cancellingearbuds not recommended)
• Books for pleasure reading
• Board games and a deck of cards
• Sunscreen and sunglasses
• Bug spray
• Snow/rain boots
• Sports equipment like a tennis racket, Frisbee, golf clubs, ice skates

Stuff to Consult With Your Roommate About:
• Rug
• Curtains
• Speakers
• Easy chair
• Small sofa (Note: students are responsible for storing furniture over the summer!)

Items That Are NOT Permitted (which may lead to disciplinary action):
• Air conditioners • Irons (these are provided in each dormitory common room) • Candles/incense • Lighters and matches • Darts and dart boards • Fog machines • Halogen lamps/bulbs • Hot plates, including George Foreman Grills • Immersion coils • Space heaters • Sun lamps • Toasters/toaster ovens • Coffee makers of any kind • Water dispenser/delivery • Wireless router/access point • Microwave • Refrigerator • TV • Gaming systems and DVD players • Power tools • Firearms, weapons, or paint guns (including BB guns, air guns, hunting rifles, ammunition, bows, arrows, or knives) • Computer screen bigger than 22” • Fireworks or explosives • Mercury thermometers • Couches or sofas in poor repair • Stringed or Christmas lights • Alcohol or illegal drugs