Packing for college isn’t easy. Whether it’s items that our Hillel Council of New England (HCNE) current students think you shouldn’t forget at home or resources and playlists that our staff at HCNE and the Jewish Teen Initiative (JTI) think you should bookmark in your browser, let this article be your one-stop shop for everything you need to pack for college.

Recommendations from current HCNE students:

You can always find many Jewish-related items in my dorm room. My favorite must-haves are travel Shabbat candles and holder from Israel, a necklace with my name in Hebrew, a mini electric menorah, many fun holiday decorations and kosher snacks from Brookline!”
Maya Cohen, Simmons University, class of 2024

1. Plannerthis is the key to succeeding in your classes. Personally, I use a bullet journal and master syllabus, but find what works for you! 2. TeaI went through so much tea this year, both caffeinated and herbal. My favorite is the Bigelow green tea with pomegranate.”
—Olive Segall, Lesley University, class of 2024

Bring shower shoes, a portable charger, and photos and art you love!”
Jordana Meltzer, Emerson College, class of 2023

“Something that isn’t a necessity but I never move to a new space without is an oil or reed diffuser with a variety of scents because dorms can get stuffy and it’s a good way to keep the room smelling good.”
—Lexi Rich, Boston College, class of 2023

“This is your introduction to a new life, so think of that while you pack. Nobody knows you, so you have a chance to reinvent yourself, whether that’s through posters or clothes.”
—Ben Aliber, Emerson College, class of 2023

Recommendations from us (the teams at HCNE and JTI) on what to “pack” in terms of resources for Jewish students on campus: 

This content was created in partnership with JTI and CJP in our combined efforts to help Jewish students find community on campus.

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