Packing for College in America

When you’re moving to a new country, it can be tempting to move everything that you have with you. However, it might be best to evaluate the importance of each item and think about the frequency of use before putting the item into your suitcase. In this article, we will provide you with an extensive list of necessary items that you should bring with you and what you can buy later when you get to the US.

What to think about and prepare

You should definitely look into banking options that are most appropriate for international students—here are some helpful articles that we’ve written on Why International Students Should Have an American Bank Account and How to Open a Bank Account without SSN. Moreover, you should get a FREE sim card and mobile plan from Ellis before flying over to the US so that you can have internet as well as calling access right when you land.

What should you bring?

Try to pack as light as possible. We advise this because you will inevitably buy more things once you arrive in the US, which will eventually lead to clutter and provide you with less flexibility as it can become harder to move.

Here is a packing list for you, feel free to download it!

Why shouldn’t you bring everything with you?

You don’t want to overpack for college as you will constantly be moving from one place to another, whether it be a dorm, apartment, or even a different country for study abroad. Nothing is ever certain! And you definitely don’t want to have to haul so many things around or throw sentimental things from home away. Plus, shipping items back home or keeping things in storage facilities over a break can be expensive, so you want to make sure that you are only packing necessities.

What should you buy later in the US?

Here is a list of items you should buy once you get to the US:

Items to Buy Once You Get to the US

What if you have a roommate?

If you have a roommate, you should reach out to them if you guys haven’t to discuss what shareable items you are individually responsible for bringing. This also depends on where you live and what amenities are provided at the location. Ensure that you guys communicate before your arrival date!

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