College Tour Must Pack List

Thursday, May 28, 2015

As I am on college tours, I thought it would be extremely fitting to write a post about what to pack! I know a lot of high school students tour colleges during the summer months so I decided to put together a must pack list that works if you are touring with your high school or own your own!

Presentable Clothes- First impressions are very important and a good first impression with a college admissions counselor is always a good idea. During my tours, I wore a nice dress or a skirt with a nice top. You don't have to dress up like you are heading to a wedding but you should put effort into your appearance to show that you are serious about this college.

Comfy Shoes- College tours require a lot of walking and if you are anything like me, you don't want to walk long distances in those wedges or heels. I love Jack Rogers because they have a strong grip and are comfy but look classy as well.

A Camera- To remember, the looks of the college and what you liked about it. I personally don't like to take pictures during a tour (good impressions) but it is a good thing to bring!

Headphones- This is more for if you tour with your high school. Headphones are great to shut out some of the noise and get a little bit of quiet time!

Sunglasses/ Rain Gear- Campus tours take you outdoors, rain or shine so it is best to be prepared for both!

Phone/ Electronic Device Chargers- Kind of obvious but very very important! I realized that if you plug your laptop into the wall and plug your phone into your computer, it charges both and doesn't use that many outlets (which can be rare in hotel rooms).

Snacks- We toured on a bus and we had an eating schedule that was not like my usual one so I made sure to bring a lot of granola bars on the trip with me (I had so much food in my purse!). Snacks are necessary when hotels have crummy breakfasts or you are just starving!

A Water Bottle- Lots of walking in the heat, calls for lots of water!

Check out my college tour tips in this post!

What are your college tour must haves? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Great post!! I remember my college tours like yesterday. Fun fact: I didn't start touring colleges in North Carolina until FEBRUARY of my senior year of high school!! (I had already been accepted to 9 schools in New England near where I'm from!) :-) I stared touring schools early in my junior year of college with my mom, and ended up at the very last college I toured, haha!!

    xoxo A

    1. Thanks Annaliese! That is crazy, I visited my first school this time last year! Crazy that your choice was your last tour!

  2. What an awesome resource, Katie! I'll be a junior this fall and I'm sure this list will be helpful when I tour colleges soon! I would love to hear your thoughts about the colleges you toured and pick your brain about your experiences. Thanks for this great post!

    Xo Faith from

    1. Thanks Faith! Feel free to send me an email anytime, I would love to talk about the schools I toured!


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