Packing (What to Bring)

Florida’s climate does not vary drastically during the year.  However, the summer months are extremely hot and the winter months can be chilly, especially in the evening.  Therefore, it is recommended that you bring clothes for layering.  Clothing made from cotton is most comfortable for the summer. In the fall and spring, add heavier cotton and light woolens. You will need raincoats and umbrellas all year long. Your native dress is welcome.

You may wish to bring with you items to remind you of home, such as photographs, CDs, and artwork. It is likely that you will make new friends who will want to learn more about you and your home country, culture and customs. Also, many students find comfort in having familiar objects around them.      

You may also want to bring items you use regularly that may not be readily available or may be more expensive in the United States - for example eyeglasses, cameras, watches, etc.  When traveling internationally, you may also have the opportunity to visit a duty free shop where such items may be purchased at a reduced cost.

You can obtain a booklet on customs regulations at the embassy or consulate where you apply for your visa. In general, you will not be allowed to pass through customs with food, plants, items for resale, or alcoholic beverages if you are under 21 years old. It is best to purchase electrical appliances after you arrive, since appliances purchased outside the U.S. may not be compatible with the power supply here (120/240A/60 cycles).


Please click here for an extended list of suggested items from the Office of Residential Life.