Soon you are going to embark on a journey to another country and perhaps even another continent. Naturally you must have a lot of questions about what to bring with you. Check out our blog post below to see what essentials we recommend you to pack for your university study at UVM.
First, it is important to remember that the University of Vermont is located in Burlington, VT. The weather there tends to be pretty cold in the winter and mild in the summer. Burlington’s coldest month is January with the average low temperature of -10 C. The average temperature in July, Burlington’s warmest month, is around +26 C. We recommend bringing two warm jackets for the winter time, with one of them being water resistant.
We recommend taking the following wardrobe basics with you:
- Underwear and socks
- Dress shoes, sandals
- Tank tops, undershirts
- Short and long-sleeve shirts
- Sweaters (for mild spring and fall weather)
- Two or three sweatshirts
- Coats and jackets
- A formal outfit for special events or interviews
- Work out clothing
- Your favorite shirt or piece of clothing
- Two or three pairs of jeans, shorts, or other types of pants
- Belts and accessories
- Scarf, mittens, gloves, and ear-muffs for winter weather
- Flip flops
It is also recommended to take the following toiletries and personal hygiene products (just remember to take travel size quantities for immediate use, because you will be able to buy additional toiletries once you arrive to Burlington):
- Shampoo, soap, face wash
- Lotion, cream
- Medicated ointments and skin creams used on a regular basis
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Shaving cream and razor
- Deodorant and/or perfume
- Contact lens solution
And don’t forget about your favorite foods and books:
- Bring your favorite non-perishable foods or snacks that will not be available or hard to find in Burlington. This is often what international students crave most in the first few months of being away from home.
- Only bring books that you know cannot be found in the US or be ordered online. Books can weigh a lot even if they are compact.
- Once you arrive to the International Study Center or the university itself you will be asked to provide some important documents, originals or copies, as applicable. Take a look below to see what you may need:
- Detailed and up-to-date medical and dental records, if possible. Make sure your records reflect recent visits to your local health care professionals for general examinations, blood tests, dental and eye check-ups, x-rays, etc. These will help American doctors get a better idea of past diagnoses and accordingly offer treatments.
- Immunization record, even if it was already turned in to your university. It is good to have a spare copy!
- Official transcripts from secondary schools, colleges or universities.
If you think you may be forgetting something, check out this comprehensive list of items you may want to pack with you when traveling to study abroad.