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Packing LIST

Recommended Packing List for Residential Students

Recommended Packing List for Residential Students

  • Shorts

  • T-shirts

  • Sweatshirt

  • Pants

  • Rain jacket and rain boots

  • Comfortable walking shoes (be wary of bringing brand new shoes that might cause blisters)

  • Athletic clothes/shoes (if you’d like to use the fitness center)

  • Toiletries and first aid items

  • Soap

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Shampoo/Conditioner (must be under 3 oz. if in carry-on bag)

  • Brush/Comb

  • Deodorant

  • Sunscreen

  • Beach towel or picnic blanket

  • Washcloth

  • Bathrobe 

  • Pajamas

  • One formal outfit**

  • Water-friendly shoes (especially if signed up in an outdoor science course)

  • Light blanket*

  • Linens*

  • Bath towel*

  • Sheet and pillowcase set for a twin bed*

  • Pencil / Notebook 

  • Valid Student ID

    • Students please remember to bring your 2023-2024 school ID. Please put this in your wallet and have it available at all times.


Remember, only airport sizes are allowed in carry-on luggage.


Sheets, pillowcases, pillows, a light blanket, and towels may be rented for a charge of $50. Parents can order linens online using our online payment option or by sending a check payable to the Boston Leadership Institute. Otherwise students may pack these and bring their own. Linens can be requested up until a week before the camp starts. 


**Formal Attire

Students attending a three-week program will give a presentation towards the end of the program. We ask that students dress business formally (button down, nice dress, slacks). They will receive their certificate after presenting and BLI will photograph each student. 


Clothing Recommendations

Students in the research programs tend to dress professionally for their research presentation. Male students do not wear suits or ties, but they typically do dress in a nice pair of slacks for this day. Female students do generally wear a dress or nice skirt or slacks for the presentation day.


Personal Items (optional) 

  • Cash (for emergencies, souvenirs, snacks, extra meals)

  • Stationery and stamps

  • Books and Magazines

  • Camera

  • Cell Phone (We cannot arrange the purchase of international or other calling cards)

  • Umbrella

  • Sunglasses

  • Water bottle

  • Any athletic gear/sports equipment you’d like to use (running shoes, baseball glove, etc.)


Most students will bring a cell phone and a laptop. They are free to do so, but please remember that the Boston Leadership Institute and host schools cannot assume responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged equipment. Please make sure to transport laptop in sturdy backpacks. 


Laptops may be convenient for using Skype or Zoom to call home or for sending and receiving emails. Cell phones are also permitted, but their use may be restricted

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