Here we have compiled recommendations on what you may want to have on-hand in order to more fully enjoy your stay in the residence halls at Homewood campus.

Required Items

  • Your ID
  • Your Medical Insurance Card
  • A pillow and lightweight blanket are provided to all students. All students will need to bring their own bed sheets for a Twin XL mattress (38 x 80 inches), a pillowcase, bath towels, and washcloths.


  • Light, casual, hot-weather clothing
  • Good walking/hiking shoes (more than “flip-flops”) for field trips
  • Light summer rain gear and umbrella, for those late afternoon thundershowers
  • Light sweater or fleece for those well-air-conditioned classrooms
  • Long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and closed-toe shoes for lab days

Household Items and Personal Hygiene

  • Shower shoes and necessary toiletries
  • Laundry bag and laundry detergent
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Hangers
  • Face Masks (N95 masks, KN95 masks, KF94 masks, or the combination of a cloth mask with a surgical mask are the most effective types of face coverings)
  • Hand Sanitizer

Study Supplies

  • Notebooks
  • Pens and Pencils


  • Mobile Phone with headphones
  • Solid-state Memory Flash-drive
  • Most students find that a laptop is an essential piece of equipment for study at Johns Hopkins in the summer. Although not required, you should feel free to bring your laptop. The university does provide use of computers in designated Computing Centers and in-residence hall computer clusters (if available). Still, a personal computer is often the best bet.
  • Clip-on reading light, for reading in bed


Students may need additional money for snacks, laundry, postcards, souvenirs, and any activities that are not part of the program. We recommend bringing at least $70 USD per week for these expenses in addition to about $200 USD for textbooks.

Sporting Gear

  • Frisbee or other sports equipment
  • Athletic gear and bathing suit and beach towel, as well as combination lock, if you are planning to use the Recreation Center

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