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What to Pack


Moving to a new country can be a difficult and challenging experience for most people. While we certainly can't pack for you, the information below might help you to better decide some of the items you should bring from home and what you should plan to purchase once you have arrived to campus.

Carry-on baggage

Carry-on baggage on most airlines is very limited, so you need to pack strategically. While you can't fit much in your carry-on baggage, here are a few things you should definitely plan to keep in your purse or bag:

  • Money: Plan to travel with a small amount of U.S. currency.   While ATMs and banks will likely be available at the airport, it is wise to bring some cash with you, if possible, for tipping, snacks or small purchases
  • Immigration Documents: In order to pass through customs, you will need your passport, F-1 visa, I-20 form and financial documentation, so be sure to pack those documents in your carry-on where they are easily accessible (See more about what to expect upon Entering in the U.S. here)
  • Contact information: Bring contact information (address and telephone number) for the Office of International Student Services in case you run into any problems upon arriving in the United States. You should also right down the name and address of the residence hall you will be staying in or of your off-campus apartment 
  • Medications: If you have medications that need to be taken on a set schedule, be sure to pack them in your carry-on baggage just in case your checked luggage is lost or delayed in arriving.


Checked luggage

 Here is an idea of some things you might want to plan to bring from home:

  • Bedding and Towels: SUNY-Brockport works with Dorm-In-A-Box to help you have all of your essentials waiting for you in your dorm when you arrive.  Click the following link to learn more about this great service.
  • Clothes: Most students  do not dress formally for class, except on special occasions. Clothing such as T-shirts, jeans (slacks or long pants) and shirts are acceptable for both men and women (learn more about American Culture & Customs here);
  • Winter clothing: Winters in Brockport can get rather cold with temperatures dropping below 10°F (-12°C). It is recommended that you have a heavy coat, boots, waterproof gloves and a hat for these months;
  • Personal Items: You may want to pack a few small significant items such as pictures and books to help make you feel more comfortable here

Any luggage shipped ahead to campus may be picked up at the Receiving Office in the Chapman Service Center (Building #35 on the Campus Map).

To find out more about items that you should and should not bring with you to campus, please refer to the Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities' Survival Guide.

Last Updated 1/7/14