Packing for Life in Loyola

Packing for college is one of the most exciting, yet intimidating, processes you have probably faced thus far in your life. As a Loyola Hall alumna, I came to appreciate the occasional items that don’t initially cross your mind when trying to stock your room with all of the must-haves. I have compiled a personal list of the top ten most helpful items I had in my Loyola room, to pass on to you, the new Manresa Scholars!

1. Umbrella and Rain Boots
I faced my fair share of random rain showers to torrential downpours last year. Whether for a simple walk from Loyola to the Caf, a trek across campus to Faculty Memorial Hall, or even passing through Times Square to get to a Broadway show, my foldable umbrella and trusty rain boots never let me down.

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2. Reusable Water Bottle
Living in Loyola Hall comes with the luxury of your own sink in your room! With easy access to tap water in your room, as well as water bottle filling stations throughout campus, having a reusable water bottle is key to staying hydrated throughout the day.

3. Beach Towel
Laying out on the grass on Eddie’s Parade on a towel or blanket allows for the opportunity to hang out with your friends or study outside on a nice day.

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4. Printer
Having a printer in my room came in handy when having to print a paper or reading for class. There are Fordham printers on campus; however, having your own makes sure that you are always prepared.

5. Command Strips
I loved being able to quickly hang a picture or poster on the wall to add to my room decor. Command Strips, as well as hooks for jackets and towels, are a great addition to your room supplies.

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6. Door Stop
Loyola Hall doors are heavy and can only be opened with your key – having a door stop to prop open the entrance to your room makes it easy for friends to come in and out.

7. Games
My friends and I held weekly “family game nights” in the Seminar Rooms of Loyola – packing your favorite board game or fun card games from home is a great way to bring everyone together.

8. ID Holder
Having your student ID card handy 24/7 is key to getting on campus, entering your residence hall, or swiping into the Caf. I kept mine in an ID holder attached to my lanyard and room key for easy access.

9. Cold Medicine
At least once a semester, there comes a point where almost everyone on campus seems to have come down with a cold – stocking up on your preferred cold medicines beforehand helps to keep you prepared and healthy.

10. Ultimate Snack Stash
A stash of your favorite snacks from home allows for comfort in study breaks as well as a great sharing opportunity with friends. Exposing my northerner friends to the taste of Old Bay seasoning was a great bridge between my Maryland and New York life!

Lindsey Register, FCRH 2020
Manresa Programming & Marketing Fellow, 2017-2018

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31 Days and Counting: A Guide to College Packing

Today is July 31, the last day of the month. Tomorrow begins August, the last month during which many of you will be at home before you move in to Loyola Hall– in only 31 days. While I am a junior and have already had two years of packing experience, I still struggle to figure out what I should bring to campus. Each year, I search for those “Ultimate College Packing Checklists” that you find on Pinterest (you know what I’m talking about). However, after looking at such lists, I have noticed that there are a number of things that I have never used, or even thought about using, and that there are quite a few essential items that are left out.

Below, I have put together my own list of the three most useful items that I have used in my dorm rooms in the past, and why they are important to pack.

  • Command 3M Hooks/Strips: Do not underestimate the power of these hooks! When decorating your room and putting up posters, boards, and picture frames, you want to remember that at the end of the year, you are going to have to figure out how to take them down without damaging the walls. These hooks and wall strips will work perfectly and keep your walls scuff, rip, and hole-free.

  • Medium-Sized Floor Rug: It doesn’t matter whether you put the rug in the middle of the floor or directly in front of your bed; either way, you will be grateful that you brought a floor rug. In Loyola Hall, the bedrooms have hardwood floors, and you’ll want to protect the floors from damage over the course of the year, and protect your feet from the cold as you hop out of bed in the morning. There is nothing more comforting than walking across a soft, warm carpet in the winter before you hop in to your nice, cozy bed.

  • Printer: Bringing a printer is one of the best tips I can give you. Although you do have the option to print papers in the library, I can tell you from experience that you will want to be able to have one on-call in your room. When you are working on a paper late at night, and it ends up taking much longer than you expected, this printer will be a lifesaver in the morning before you run to class.


Manresa, when packing for college, keep these underdog items in mind. While they may not all seem like the most important things to bring, they will always come in handy, especially when you least expect them to. Good luck packing, and we are looking forward to seeing you all in a month!

Nicole Benevento, FCRH 2017
Manresa Program Student Intern, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016

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