Type of clothing: Informal and varied. Most people opt for comfort. Some like to dress up for the graduation ceremony and dinner-dance, some don't. It's your choice. The weather is usually warm, but may become chilly at night. Average daytime temperature is 72–82. Expect fluctuations, humidity, some rain, and 100% genuine Vermont insects.
Sports: Walking shoes, hiking boots, tennis rackets, softball or baseball gloves, Frisbee, swimsuit (if you like to swim in a cold lake or town pool). Bennington's Athletic Department (BAD) and Meyer Recreation Barn usually have some equipment for tennis, basketball, volleyball, and softball. Bikes, a helmet, and a lock can be checked out at no cost through the Meyer Recreation Barn.
Miscellany: To help assure your creature-comfort needs are met, you might want to consider bringing a surge protector-combo-extension cord, an extra lamp, a face cloth, an alarm clock, a bathrobe, slippers, a coffee mug, and ground coffee (if you’re a hard-core, round-the-clock coffee drinker), waffle (egg-crate) mattress, music. You might want to bring your own fat bar of soap, sheets, and bath towel, if you don't like basic institutional issue (tiny bars of soap, white flat sheets, and very small towels). Note: Extension cords without built-in surge protection are not allowed in student housing. Candles and incense are also not allowed in the student houses.
Storage: You may leave a box of your "stuff" here between residencies. Please note that our storage area is on the third floor of a building with no elevator. We require plastic storage boxes with good lids (Rubbermaid or such available at the Bookstore) clearly marked with your name and graduation date. Typical stored items: reading lamp, bedspread, pillow, big bath towel, seasonal clothes, a fan, etc. We cannot store unboxed items.