International Students Packing List

Students should plan on purchasing basic toiletry and school supply items upon arrival in Minnesota. These items can be purchased at minimal cost to the student and this helps reduce baggage checks and fees while traveling internationally. Students should pack what they feel they need, such as personal items that cannot be purchased or readily replaced during their time in the United States.

Standard Items:

  • Passport
  • Plane Tickets
  • Student Visa
  • Prescriptions – Bring enough for the length of your stay. If you run out, you may have to see an American doctor. (Note: Make sure to speak with your local doctor before your trip.)
  • Glasses/Contact Lenses – bring extra
  • Vitamins
  • $300 in American currency
  • Wallet
  • Backpack
  • Outlet adapter
  • Laptop w/charger
  • MP3 Player/iPod/headphones
  • Copies of Medical and Dental Records
  • Small, personal items: stuffed animal, pictures, gifts, blanket, musical instrument, etc.
  • Scientific Calculator: TI-84+ Silver Edition (recommended)


  • Underwear – two weeks’ worth
  • Socks – two weeks’ worth (Note: pack thicker socks for the winter months.)
  • Jeans – a few pairs
  • Nice Dress Pants – one pair for more formal occasions
  • Pajamas – two pairs
  • Swimsuit – Minnesota does have the Water Park of America!
  • Long Sleeve & Short Sleeve Shirts
  • Sweatshirts/Hoodies – three to four
  • Sweaters
  • Jackets – a lighter one for warmer months and one that is warm and water-resistant for winter
  • Shorts – two to three pairs
  • Skirts/Dresses – for more formal occasions
  • Workout Clothes
  • Sneakers/Dress Shoes
  • A Few Accessories – don’t pack your whole jewelry collection, just a few favorite pieces
  • Cold weather clothing and accessories