Packing List

Standard Room Furnishings

Each dorm room at the Academy has a small closet or wardrobe and is furnished with an 80” twin bed, bureau, desk and chair, mirror, wastebasket, and an overhead light. Window curtains are provided. If needed, towels, two sheets, and a pillowcase may be picked up at the Laundry Room in Dewey House. Pillows are available upon request to the Laundry Room. Every room has carpeting in it. Each dorm floor has a filtered water system to provide filtered tap water for drinking.

For information on local shopping and services, see our Visitor Center. Deerfield Academy’s Campus Stores (Hitchcock House or the Athletic Store) also offer many items for sale from school supplies to personal care items, dorm supplies and decorations, athletic apparel, electronics and more. The stores are well stocked and ready when students arrive in September.


  • Alarm clock/clock radio
  • Camera
  • Desk lamp with L.E.D. bulb
  • Floor lamp with L.E.D. bulb*
  • Fan
  • Flashlight
  • Stereo (& headphones to avoid disturbing others)
  • Smart strip surge protector recommended

*Please limit lamps to two in number. Usually one is sufficient.


  • Mattress pad
  • Pillow
  • Bath towels (2-4) / wash cloths (2) / hand towels (2)
  • Blankets (1)
  • Sheets (4) (XL twin, unfitted & fitted)
  • Pillow cases (4)
  • Bedspread or comforter (1)

Clothes and Shoes

The amount of clothing you bring depends on how often you do your laundry. Weekly laundry service can be arranged through E. & R. Laundry Service and community washing machines and dryers are also available in every dorm.

  • Dress code clothes, ties, blazers, etc.
  • Special events attire – e.g. DeNunzio Disco (1st weekend), Prom, and various semi-formal events
  • Athletic socks (10+)
  • Bathrobe
  • Belts, dress pants or special skirt/dress
  • Dress shoes (at least 1 pair)
  • Jackets (casual & dress)
  • Jeans
  • Sneakers (2 pairs)
  • Sweaters
  • T-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants
  • Turtlenecks
  • Underwear (lots)
  • Winter coat, hat gloves, snow boots, & rain boots
  • Raincoat/umbrella

School Supplies

  • Binders
  • Calendar & planner
  • Highlighters, loose leaf paper, and notebooks
  • Paper clips
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Ruler
  • Whiteout
  • Scissors, tape, thumbtacks, etc.

Toiletries, etc.

  • Shower caddy to hold toiletries
  • Aspirin
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Hygiene products
  • Hair bands
  • Hairbrush & comb
  • Nail clippers
  • Soap & container
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Antiseptic ointment – like Neosporin
  • Razors, etc.
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Makeup, jewelry, & hair items


  • Athletic equipment as appropriate
  • Backpack for books, small duffel bags for trips
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Cinder blocks may NOT be used to raise beds. Risers can be used BUT ONLY in certain dorms
  • Bike, lock, & helmet
  • Cup & mug
  • Dictionary
  • Envelopes
  • Hangers (about 40)
  • Key chain
  • Laundry bag, eco-friendly detergent
  • Laundry marking pen: please put your name on all of your belongings.
  • Plastic hooks with adhesive
  • Posters/pictures (if more than 4 they must be laminated or framed)
  • Sewing kit: needle, thread, buttons
  • Reusable bags for shopping
  • Stamps
  • Stationery
  • Tissues
  • Plants

Cash and Credit

Be sure to put enough money onto your debit card account in advance so that you won’t be caught short without cash. DO NOT bring large amounts of money with you.

Items Not Permitted in Dormitories

  • Polystyrene beanbag chairs
  • Refrigerators
  • Plug-in coolers
  • Computer monitors LARGER than 27 inches
  • Projectors
  • Coffee makers, hot pot, hot plates
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Hanging tapestries
  • String lights of any kind
  • High intensity/halogen lamps in excess of 100 watts
  • Lava lamps
  • Televisions & DVD players
  • Electric heaters
  • Air conditioners
  • Irons (only allowed in common room spaces)
  • Microwave ovens, toasters, & toaster ovens
  • Cooking grills
  • Pets of any kind
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Liquor bottles & beer cans even if empty