I'm sure there is a thread on this from last year, but I'm lazy today... I read all the posts before we left for Annapolis in June, but many things did not sink in until AFTER the day was over. Handy Hints....others please add on your hints for newbies: Bring breakfast food back to your hotel room night before. Son had 6:30am report time, and it was impossible to find food that early...nearby. We had snacks, but could have done better for him. Try to checkin early, (we arrived 2 nights early). Extra roller beds, etc, tend to disappear as the place fills up. Also, many rollways have plastics bed cover that makes for a noisy night...remove it possible! Let Plebe make the itinerary...we had a full day in annapolis and just wandered around, ate whatever he felt like, etc. Kept it low key. Just pack the basics....his detailers didn't let him keep any of the 'suggested packing list' until the end of Plebe summer. Mail it to him instead. Better to have a small backpack with toiletries and a change of underwear and t shirt. Put plebe's cellphone in plastic zip lock with charger, label cell phone charger and baggie. also, turn the fully charged phone off and then put it in baggie. after reporting, it will take about 2 hours until they depart alumni hall....the busses then take the kids to bancroft. head over to the mid store and you will see the plebes getting off the bus and forming up, getting yelled at, carring their stuff, etc. If you don't see your kid, you'll see one that looks just like yours! There's plenty of time during the day for a tour. Bring a blanket, water and snack (subway sandwich?) for plebe after ceremony. If you can, bring a chair. Son had not sat down nor eaten yet. Fortunately we were prepared with food, but wished we had blanket.