What to Pack

Ready to start packing for summer 2022?

We can't wait to see you on campus this summer! Here's a sampling of what you'll need to pack for your Summer Institute for the Gifted program. We encourage all families to check-out the local weather for their specific destination to determine if any additional items may be needed. 

Our campus specialists and campus directors have shared lists below from their many years of preparing for campus travel. 

See what you should bring for our 2022 elementary programs:

Check out what to bring with you for our for 2022 commuter programs:

What to Bring - Commuter (pdf)

Get the printable packing list for 2022 residential programs:

What to Pack - Residential (pdf)

Here are some general tips on what to bring with you to campus:

  • Mark or label all items with student's name using permanent ink
  • Any medications/supplements must be in containers with name/dosage/etc. (in English) and must be given to the Nurse/Director at registration
  • A backpack is the best way to tote your belongings and course materials on campus
  • Students will receive academic supplies and course books for enrolled courses (if applicable) during the program but are welcome to bring personal supplies if they choose to
  • Please check your course descriptions for any additional supplies needed, as well as device requirements

Sample Items for Elementary Students

  • Masks (KN95 preferred) –Approx. 1-2 per day
  • Backpack or book bag
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Refillable water bottle

Sample Items for Daily Commuter Students

  • Masks (KN95 preferred) –Approx. 1-2 per day
  • Laptop with power cords, etc.
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Sneakers
  • Bathing suit
  • Equipment for any specific sport you want to play on campus
  • Hat
  • Spending money for snacks & odds and ends or ATM card

Sample Items for Residential Students

  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Shirts: long and short sleeved
  • Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Pajamas 
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Something nice for the dance!
  • Raincoat
  • Bathing suit
  • Beach towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet/purse
  • Umbrella
  • Masks!
  • Sneakers
  • Flip flops
  • Slippers
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Dancing shoes!
  • Laundry bag and detergent
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop and power cords, etc.
  • Towels/Washcloths
  • Linens (or sleeping bag) and pillow
  • Clothes hangers
  • Spending money or ATM card

Other Details for Middle/High School Students

Summer Institute for the Gifted may supply sheets, a pillow, a blanket, and towels, based on location.

Spending Money
Students must have an ATM or Debit Card for use at local ATM’s to obtain spending money. Please advise your bank that the card holder will be traveling. As a guide, we recommend students have available approximately $100 to $150 per week to cover snacks and souvenirs.

Packing Light and Purchasing Items After Arriving on Campus
Please note that residence halls have limited closet and dresser space and we suggest you pack light.  All students will have the opportunity to purchase additional items locally on campus.

We recommend that you bring one or two pieces of luggage with wheels for easy transport. Students must claim and carry their luggage to/from our airport transfer vehicles and to/from their rooms.

Airline Baggage Fees
Most airlines charge fees for any checked bags (varies by airline) and most airlines now charge for bags that are over 50lbs (varies by airline); you are responsible for paying for all baggage fees at time of airport check-in. Please check your airline’s website for their baggage charges.


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