International Center

Bring from home

What to bring from home

Bring what you can comfortable carry in your suitcases, or personal carry-on.  The recommended items are:

  • IMPORTANT: Carry original immigration documents such as passport, I-20 or DS-2019, proof of financial support AND the University admission letter.  Place these in your personal bag when you travel to the United States.  Do NOT put in your check-in luggage!
  • Medicine: Bring prescribed and/or over the counter medication from home country.  If you have a doctor’s prescription, bring the official documentation with the generic name so you may continue to purchase it from the local pharmacy.  Local pharmacy is generally available at CVS, Walgreen or Walmart.
  • Some cash around $1,000 and/or credit card or bank/debit card to get you through the first few days.  For your safety during travel, we do not recommend bringing large amount of cash.  Students may open a local bank account during the first day of orientation.
  • Clothing appropriate for the season.  In August, student need clothes for hot, humid weather.  However, January winter month require winter coat, gloves, neck scarf, winter hat, and shoes.  Find out the the current temperature in St Joseph, Missouri, USA (choose Celsius or Fahrenheit appropriately.)
  • Toiletries: travel size shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
  • Food: bring snacks to have on hand during the long flight and until you can go to the dining hall or market.  And if you like to cook, remember to bring spices to remind you of home!
  • Cultural/traditional items: bring personal or food items that will remind you of home.  New environment is exciting and challenging at the same time.  Expect some form of homesickness.
  • Alarm clock

Also, the following necessary items (but bulky/heavy) may easily be purchased in the city of Saint Joseph.  For example:

  • Linen – Bedding (pillow, blanket, bedsheets, etc.), and towels.
  • Cleaning supplies – Laundry basket, and soap/detergent to wash clothes.
  • Clothes – pants, jeans, t-shirt, underclothes, sweater, winter coat, etc.
  • Toiletries – regular size shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, sun tan lotion, etc.
  • School supplies – pen, pencil, paper, notebook, textbooks, staple, etc.
  • Technology – Computer, laptop, radio, cell/mobile phone, and other electronics.
  • Misc. – Dishes/cooking utensils, bed, and furniture (for those living off-campus)

Revised: July 31, 2018