Pre-departure for International Students - Packing & Luggage
If you intend to bring expensive items of jewelry, camera, etc. with you and return to your country with them, you should check to see if they must be registered or declared in some manner with your government when you leave to avoid any questions about payment of duty upon your return.
Be sure to keep all of your important documents (passport, I-20) in your carry on bag. Do not put these items in your checked luggage. We recommend you use our office address and telephone number on your luggage name tags: this will make it easier for us to assist you in the event your luggage is delayed. It is also a good idea to have this contact information inside your luggage, in case the luggage tag comes off. If your luggage is delayed, give the airline our office address for delivery.
Most students stress about what to pack and bring to UMaine. We encourage students to bring only what they will need and travel lightly. When you packs your suitcases, go around the neighborhood and make sure you can walk around with all your luggage. Do not feel you need to bring everything you own to Maine. The clothing style and fashion might be different here than your home country. You will have opportunities to buy clothes here. You will also be able to get seasonal items like gloves, hat, warm jacket and winter boots later in the fall.
One of the Orientation activities is to go shopping in Bangor when students can purchase the items they need – pillows, blankets, sheets, towels, snacks, etc. There is a second shopping trip Sunday night before school starts organized by New Student Programs.
Keep in mind that the electric grid in the U.S. is different than in Europe and many other countries. Make sure you have an adapter for your laptop and other electronic items before you travel, or make sure to purchase one during orientation.
In addition to your clothing, personal items, books, etc., you should consider bringing with you any small items or pictures that will make you feel “at home” in your residence hall or apartment. We encourage students to bring their traditional national clothes, pictures, slides and handcrafts or items typical of their country. You will have opportunities to dress in your national clothes and to share information about your country and its culture with other students at international festivals and at school and community organizations.