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Packing Checklist

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Credit/Debit cards
  • Flight information
  • Health insurance information
  • Medical History Forms and Immunization Record
  • Personal identification
  • International driver’s license or home license
  • Emergency contact information
  • 2 Copies of all important documents
  • Money (you can exchange to US currency at most airports)
  • Guidebooks and maps

Everyday Basics

  • Clothing for all seasons (loose-fitting, light clothing to heavy winter coats and boots)
  • Scarf, hat, gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Electronic converter or adaptor
  • Battery-powered alarm clock
  • Camera and accessories
  • Travel journal
  • Laptop and carrying case
  • Cultural items and clothing from your home country (we have a Multicultural Fair each year and you’ll want to have items to represent your country)

Toiletries and Medications

  • Pain relievers
  • Personal prescriptions (with doctor letter)
  • Contact lenses, eyeglasses
  • Vitamins
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Comb/brush
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Hair dryer
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup

* Please keep in mind that many of these items will be available for purchase once you are in the United States. However, past students have suggested that it is helpful to have initial amounts of medicines and toiletries readily available so that you don’t have to go out and purchase them when you are not feeling well.