What to Bring

1. Make photocopies of all your travel documents such as your passport, travel forms, birth certificate, and any other documentation relating to immigration (such as your I-20 and other forms). Keep your originals with you on the plane. Do not pack them in your luggage.

2. A copy of your travel itinerary, including flight numbers so that you are confident of being on time. If you have a long layover in any airport, bring reading materials with you to help pass the time, along with an iPod or some other electrical device.

3. If you are on any medication, find out if your medication can be purchased in the U.S. If your medication is not available in the U.S. check with your local doctor to see if you can bring a supply with you to cover your stay in the United States until you go home between semester and summer breaks.

4. If you have allergies or diabetes you should make sure to bring several emergency adrenaline (i.e.: EPI-Pen) and insulin kits with you.

5. Do you wear glasses or contact lenses? If yes, bring a written prescription from your physician in case you need replacements while here.

6. Documentation of any disabilities that you would like to receive services or accommodations for during your time at Herkimer

7. Check to see if your cellular telephone provider has service in the United States. If not, you may want to get a local provider once you are at Herkimer. You may also want to consider using Skype, WeChat, Viber, WhasApp, or another free international web-based service instead of purchasing a U.S. phone service.

8. Check the voltage on any electrical items you want to bring with you to see if they are compatible with the U.S. voltage system - it is 110-120V. If your items are not compatible and you plan to bring them, be sure to bring adaptor plugs as the outlet configuration may be different.

9. You will be able to open a bank account in the U.S. when you arrive. Determine if it would be better to change money into U.S. Dollars before you leave or if it would be better wiring money into your new U.S. account. If you have a bank account at home, obtain a credit card that will work in the United States.

10. If you are planning to drive while in the U.S., check on the Internet to see what restrictions are on your license and if you need to obtain an International Driving Permit or something else specific to your home country.

11. A dictionary that contains English and your home language


12. Click here for a list of items that can be purchased upon arrival if you do not choose to bring them with you. 

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