Packing list for on-campus job interviews

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  • One shirt for each day, plus one extra in case of spills
  • Drycleaned and pressed slacks
  • Jacket/blazer
  • Belt
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Undershirts
  • Pajamas
  • Appropriate outerwear (check the weather)
  • Something comfortable to wear downstairs to the hotel breakfast buffet, while traveling home, etc.


  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Phone charger
  • Adapter for A/V
  • Portable speakers in case of A/V failure
  • Powerpoint clicker
  • Dry erase markers

Printed materials in a folder

  • 3 copies of CV
  • Printed schedule
  • Sample syllabi
  • Faculty bio/photo cheat sheet
  • Extra paper for note-taking
  • Job talk script
  • Lesson plans
  • Copies of handouts


  • Snack bars
  • Water bottle
  • Pen, pencil, highlighter
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/floss
  • Hair dryer (I once stayed somewhere without one)
  • Hairbrush
  • Contact lens case
  • Toiletries
  • Makeup
  • Face wipes, for quick freshening up (e.g., after flight, before faculty pick-up)
  • Cough drops, painkillers, allergy medicine, etc.
  • Any job search handbooks that you might want to reference last-minute

Suggestions? Contact me to add them.