GRIP 2018 Packing List: Are you joining these great educational weeks?

I was asked to reprint my GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh) packing list from past years. I am teaching the week of July 29-3 August in my intermediate level course at Amherst. People seem to know that I like to be prepared for just about anything. Of course, your packing list will differ depending on whether you fly or drive. These are in no particular order and are directed at those staying in the dorms. A dorm is a dorm, not a 5 star hotel. I have stayed in a dorm room every year at GRIP. If you have other suggestions, please add them in a comment. Do I bring everything on this list? Most things, but not all.

Not register for the 2018 GRIP? Heaven forbid. There is still room in some courses, including the intermediate level course. All are welcome! http://www.gripitt.org/courses/

  • a couple spring-type clothespins to close a bag of snacks
  • snacks for between lectures
  • comfortable shoes (2 pair so one can rest for a day)
  • slippers/flip flops
  • laundry bag
  • headphones (you may need quiet for a while or to listen to a different kind of music than your roommate)
  • soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion (remember, it’s not a hotel where these are supplied)
  • razor, shaving cream
  • toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant
  • makeup
  • prescriptions
  • disinfectant wipes
  • post-it pad – leave notes for yourself or a roommate
  • umbrella (it has rained at times)
  • sweater or lightweight jacket in case a classroom is chilly
  • throat lozenges or hard candies in case you get a scratchy throat
  • chargers and a power strip for phones, tablets, and computers
  • account passwords
  • business cards so others can find you after GRIP (Add the surnames you are searching)
  • used genealogy periodicals to share on the freebies table
  • water bottle that doesn’t leak and that can be refilled during the week
  • over the counter or prescription medications
  • your own pillow if you can’t sleep without it!
  • mattress pad or topper (some do bring one; sheets and a light blanket are supplied)
  • thicker towels than what are supplied
  • small fan (I like the room quite cool but my roommate is the opposite)
  • desk lamp
  • Ethernet cable for Internet, no wifi in dorms
  • power strip
  • tissues
  • hair dryer/curling iron
  • some hangers
  • Some paper towels (you really don’t need a whole roll)
  • paper bags/trash bags (rooms have a small wastebasket)
  • rubber bath mat
  • couple file folders for any extra handouts
  • pad of paper and pens/pencils
  • computer or electronic tablet for taking notes and for homework
  • highlighter for marking items in syllabus
  • clothing (definitely not optional)

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