The Ultimate Packing Guide: Aleit Academy’s Comprehensive Checklist

Heading off to study at a tertiary institution for the first time can be both an exciting and overwhelming experience. As February 2024 approaches, the anticipation builds, and the to-do list seems never-ending. One crucial aspect of preparation is deciding what to take. The Aleit Academy understands the importance of being well-prepared for this new chapter in your life. To help ease the stress of packing, we’ve compiled a comprehensive checklist that covers everything you could possibly need, with a focus on essentials followed by optional items.

Checklist: Important Documents

  • Certified copy of Matric certificate or most recent statement of results
  • Certified copy of ID (front & back)| passport (if non-SA resident)
  • Copy of Study Visa (if applicable)
  • Copy of your valid driver’s license
  • Copy of medical aid card | Full details of your medical aid / insurance cover | Proof of learning disability if applicable
  • Original signed student enrolment agreement
  • Vehicle details (registration number, etc.)
  • Student Banking details | Bank confirmation letter (pdf) | Proof of Account

*Pro Tip: Keep all important documents together. Create a file with all the necessary documents to ensure you are not missing something for registration day.

Checklist: Electricals

  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Extension cable/s (more handy than you might imagine)
  • Multi plug/s
  • Desktop printer (with ink and printer paper) for your home
  • Ear phones
  • Bluetooth Speaker

*Pro Tip: Bring only what you know you’ll use to class. For example you won’t use your Bluetooth speaker at class but you can use it when setting up an event. You will also definitely not need your printer for class but it can be handy for when you have to print documents or projects for class. Students are also welcome to purchase a laptop of their choice or utilise an existing one that they own, but an Apple product is preferred at The Aleit Academy.


Checklist: Additional programs & equipment

  • CANVA (1st year | Pro version can be bought if more advanced features is required)
  • Adobe Lightroom | Adobe Photoshop (2nd year)
  • DSLR Camera with Lenses (2nd year)

*Pro Tip: Additional Programs & Equipment can become convenient to have, should you want to pursue the opportunity to sign up for additional workshops throughout the course.

Checklist: Stationery

  • Notebooks
  • Pens and pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Post-it notes
  • Calendar/ diary
  • Stapler & staples
  • Punch
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape

*Pro Tip: Stick to a budget when purchasing stationery; you’ll be going through it faster than you think.

Checklist: Clothing

  • Smart casual clothes (for class)
  • Black pants (for practical shifts)
  • Black pumps or formal shoes (for practical shifts)
  • Black comfortable clothing (for set-up practical shifts)
  • Black comfortable mid-heels (for more formal practical shifts)
  • Black cocktail dress (for more formal practical shifts)
  • Black hair accessories
  • Proper comfortable and non-visible underwear
  • Fancy dress (for formal dance events)

Checklist: Healthcare

  • Any personal medications and prescriptions
  • Basic first aid kit (e.g. pain relief tablets, plasters, cold and flu medication, allergy tablets, antibacterial lotion or spray)
  • Multivitamins

Checklist: Miscellaneous

  • Laptop bag (capable of carrying laptop and stationery)
  • Small sewing kit
  • A lighter (for practical shifts)
  • Waterbottle
  • Travel coffee mug



Heading off to university is a significant milestone, and being well-prepared can make the transition smoother. Aleit Academy’s comprehensive checklist ensures that you have all the essential items for a successful start to your academic journey. Remember to prioritise the necessities, stay within your budget, and embrace the opportunities that tertiary study-life presents. As you embark on this exciting adventure, use this checklist as a guide to set yourself up for a memorable and fulfilling studying experience.