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Packing List

Important Documents to Bring:

  • I-20
  • Passport with F-1 visa inside
  • Flight schedule
  • I-901 (SEVIS) fee receipt
  • Edmonds College acceptance letter
  • Official transcript (high school students only)

Carry-On Items

Books, games, music, etc. for your travel.

U.S. currency (dollars)

  • Bring around $600 for books and your first few weeks living here while you are waiting for your bank account and debit/credit card.
  • Do not bring too much cash! If you bring more than $10,000 total in cash and traveler's checks  into the U.S., you must declare it to Customs Border Protection upon arrival. 


All U.S. banks have age requirements. Please research if your home country bank partners with a U.S. bank before arriving at Edmonds College.

If you are under the age of 18 when you arrive for orientation, you must bring a parent with you to open a bank account.


The climate here is moderate. Not too hot and not too cold. The summer seasons are beautiful, comfortable, and warm, with sunshine and clear skies. The fall, winter, and spring seasons bring rain and the possibility of snow.

  • Raincoat (waterproof)
  • Thick jacket (waterproof and padded for warmth)
  • Closed toed shoes, boots

Other Items:

  • Swim suit
  • Sunglasses
  • Sewing kit
  • Toiletries
  • Prescription medication (enough for three months)
  • Towel
  • Glasses or contact lenses (bring an extra pair of glasses)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop
  • Family pictures
  • Contact information for your family and friends 
  • Cultural dress, cultural items

There will be opportunities for you to share your culture in activities like International Night, Conversation Group Gathering, and International Education Week.

What Not to Pack:

food do not tbring itemsDo not bring the following items with you to the U.S.:

  • Traditional herbal medicine
  • Drugs
  • Fruits
  • Instant noodles
  • Mooncake
  • Meat
  • Rice
  • Vegetables
  • Weapons

There are many international grocery stores near the Edmonds College campus where you can purchase these items.

Review all the prohibited items on the Customs Border Inspection List.