• Packing List

    What should you bring to the U.S.?  

    • Make sure you have your passport, DS-2019 or I-20, and invitation letter to Hamline University packed in your carry-on luggage. You will need these to get through customs when you arrive in the United States.
    • Consider bringing pictures of your family, friends, pets, neighborhood, etc. Sometimes being away from home for months can be quite hard. Having something that reminds you of your home and the people you love can help you feel better during the days when you miss the people you love.  
    • You are welcome to bring traditional clothing or other items from your country. There are campus events during the year where you will be able to teach others about your country and culture. 
    • From October to March Minnesota weather is very cold, so plan to bring warm clothing such as long sleeve shirts, sweaters, warm shoes, a set of gloves, a hat and a scarf. If you forget to bring these items or you don’t have them at the moment, don’t worry. There will plenty of opportunities to shop! 
    • The electricity supply in the US and the shape of electricity outlets may be different than in your home country. Electricity supply is 120 volts. If your appliances do not match the electricity supply or outlet shape, consider bringing an adapter or purchasing your electronics in the United State. 
    • If you will be living on campus you need to either bring your own bed sheets and pillow or buy them when you arrive to campus . Please note that like most US universities the beds on campus are a unique size that require specially sized linens (Single/ Twin, Extra-Long).  
    • You will be asked to provide your immunization history to the Counseling and Health Service Office when you arrive. Be sure to bring this information with you.
    • Be sure to clearly label all luggage. If you do not yet know your address in the US, you may label your luggage with the GEC address (but be sure to also include your own name)
    • Check the luggage restrictions for the airline that you are flying. Weight restrictions may vary by airline. 
    • We recommend packing a carry-on bag with a change of clothes, toothbrush/toothpaste, snacks, any required medication (in its original container) and other items that you may need in your first few days in the United States. In some cases lost luggage can take a few days to recover, so keep this in mind if there are things that you will need immediately. Also, remember to carry your important immigration documents in your carry-on luggage.

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