Packing up your life and moving to a new country can be both exciting and stressful. Be mindful as you pack, and bring only what you need. Below is a checklist you can save to make sure you don’t forget anything.

  • Important contact information for your home university. Student services, admissions, international student office, housing.
  • Hard copies of important documents. Passport, admissions/visa documents, medical prescriptions, immunization records.
  • Laptop or tablet.
  • Cash or travelers checks.
  • Prescribed medications. Put them in your carry-on bag in case luggage is lost. If you are on any special medication, make sure you will have a sufficient supply.
  • First-aid kit. Over-the-counter medical supplies like painkillers, cold and flu remedies and sunscreen. Even if you haven’t experienced allergies, the new environment may trigger them, so consider bringing allergy medicine.
  • Small mementos and items of personal significance. You’ll be glad you brought pictures, posters, or other things that remind you of home.
  • Appropriate clothing. Pack a reasonable amount of clothing for the local weather. Though you can always buy clothes upon arrival, they can be expensive, so fill up your suitcase!
  • Adapter for electronics. The US electric system uses a 120V at 60Hz. You might want to consider purchasing a hair dryer, shaver or similar items in the US.
  • Linens. Many students order their linens, pillow(s), towels and blankets beforehand and have them shipped directly to the college.
  • Non-perishable snacks. Nuts, chips and granola bars.
About the author
Marc Zawel

As author of Untangling the Ivy League, Marc literally wrote the book on gaining admission to highly selective colleges. He earned a BA from Cornell University – where he met AcceptU’s co-founder – and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Marc chaired the admissions advisory board; he has also conducted alumni interviews for Cornell for more than fifteen years.

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