Cherubs packing list

With a 36-degree range in temperature, limited outlets in dorm rooms and hand dryers (no paper towels) in the bathroom, cherubs were surprised at how many items they ordered from Amazon Prime in the first week of the program. Here is a definitive packing list:

Notable items to bring:

Nikon camera

    • Camera: For cool photography assignments, you can use a phone camera or rent limited equipment. But it’s just easier to bring a DSLR if you have one.
    • Mirror: The dorm rooms don’t have mirrors, so unless you want to take many trips to the bathroom while getting ready, BYOM.

Laptop with stickers

    • Laptop: The Medill welcome packet says you don’t need one. Don’t listen unless you want to spend your summer in a computer lab.


    • Sunscreen: You really don’t want to get burnt. Especially on the Fourth of July.
    • Aloe lotion: This is for when you forget to put on that sunscreen.
    • Portable charger: It’s a lifesaver when you’re out recording interviews all day.

Gray sweatshirt with Medill written in purple letters

  • Sweatshirts: Bring more than you think you’ll need, even though it’s summer, because NU doesn’t skimp on the AC.
  • Backpack: You’re going to want a bag to carry everything around campus. Bring a smaller bag for field trips downtown.
  • Earbuds: They’re helpful for both transcribing interviews and keeping your roommate sane when you’re listening to music at night.
  • Folder and notebooks: It’s important to keep your papers organized, even when they have edits all over them.
  • Refillable water bottle: Beware of metal ones unless you like having the entire class look at you when you drop it during lectures.
  • Shower shoes: Don’t enter barefoot. Enough said.
  • Comfortable shoes: You walk everywhere, and sneakers are a must for working out.
  • Laundry detergent: We recommend Tide Pods.
  • Tissues or paper towels: There are hand dryers in the bathrooms but no paper towels.

Other must-haves:

  • Hangers
  • Twin XL bed sheets
  • Comforter
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Laundry basket/bag (but no coins, laundry here is free)
  • Extension cord
  • Sneakers
  • Raincoat/umbrella