clothing and household items you should pack for your trip
will depend on your United States destination—what the
climate is like and what shopping possibilities exist in the
place you will study. Refer to information from your International
Student Office and Chinese
Wherever you are going to attend school,
you should take certain documents with you in your carry-on
luggage, in case your checked luggage is lost.
A note about “lost” luggage: It is not rare for
checked luggage to be “lost.” Usually, it is found
and returned to the owner within a day or two. If your luggage
is lost you will be asked to fill out a form that includes
a description of the bag—size, color, material, design
and also the address to which you are going. Once the bag is
found, it will be delivered to that address, usually free of
The airlines have limits on how much they will pay a traveler
for a bag that is lost permanently. Airlines provide information
about these limits.
Remember that U.S. Department of Homeland Security personnel
at the port of entry are authorized to search you and all your
luggage when you seek admission to the United States.
Additional items to consider packing: recipes;
tapes or CDs of favorite music; photographs of family and friends;
items that reflect life and traditions in your part of China,
such as photographs, music, musical instruments, artwork, or
Remember that your luggage will be subject to security clearances
during your trip. Be sure to follow current guidelines (which
your airline should provide) for packing your luggage so you
do not create problems for yourself and perhaps suffer travel
Label your luggage, inside and outside, with
your name and your address at the school you will be attending.
(If you do
not have an address yet, you can put your name c/o the address
of your International Student Office.)
Learn about your airline’s policies
concerning luggage: size, weight, and any other matters.