Checklist of Items to bring to the US

When you come to the US from your home country it can be difficult to choose what to bring and what to wait to buy once you're in the US. We're here to help!

Packing Suggestions

What to Bring from your Home Country: An extensive list of recommendations from current international students

What to Buy once you're in the US: Ideas from current students on what to buy once you have arrived

Important Documents & Items to Bring (Keep these in your carry-on luggage)
  • Passport and Visa
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Admission or invitation letter
  • Financial documents
  • SEVIS Fee payment receipt
  • Some cash and/or a credit card (MasterCard and Visa are accepted almost everywhere in the US)
  • Driver's license and international driver's license
  • Phone number/contact information of person who will meet you at the airport (if that has been arranged for you)
  • Phone number/contact address of any friends and relatives in the US
  • Medication
  • Eye glasses and/or contact lenses
  • An adapter and converter for US electrical outlets (the US operates on 120 V, 60 Hz)
What to Leave at Home