International students who are relocating to a foreign country need to consider carefully what it is that they need to bring with them for their long-term stay.
Home, for them, is quite a distance away. And it can mean a long wait until they can get hold of something they wished they have packed along with.
In fact, an important item that was left back home can cause unneceaasry distress in an already stressful situation!
Official documentation and paperwork are probably the most important things on the list. Money in the form of cold, hard cash and plastic (debit and credit cards) is essential too. Below is an itemised list of things you should not leave home without.
Checklist of Important or Necessary Things
1. Passport/ Visa – Verify that it is up to date. Most airports require a minimum of 6 months validity.
2. Plane ticket – Especially if you live far away from the airport.
3. Money in the form of cash or traveler’s checks – For small expenditures and for those locations that do not accept credit or debit cards.
4. Credit or debit cards – Verify that the expiration date has not passed or nearing.
5. Pin and account numbers – keep a list of the account and the pin numbers in a secure location. This is especially helpful if you have multiple accounts or if the cards become lost or stolen.
6. National and International Driver’s licenses – Even if you do not plan to drive, these are excellent forms of identification when the situation calls for one.
7. Additional photo identification – Some universities require two forms of photo identification.
8. Academic documentation that you received from the school that you will be attending.
9. Academic documentation from the schools that you have already attended.
10. Medical information – This includes prescription information and medical conditions that you have, as well as immunization and vaccination information.
11. List of contact information – Include key contacts such as parents and family members back home, as well as any family, relative of friends who live in the destination country.
12. Contact lenses, and an additional pair of eyeglasses if you’re using them.
13. Dictionary or speaking guide, especially if you are still learning the foreign country’s language.
14. Marriage license, if bringing a spouse along.
15. Current prescriptions – follow the guidelines for the safe transportation of these items.
Other things that you might consider bringing with you include photocopies of all important documents, suitable clothing, and supplies. Consider bringing additional money to cover unexpected expenses.