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  • Arrange for your flight as soon as possible.
  • Your report date is Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
  • Check with the airlines regarding their luggage policy to the United States.
  • Make sure you can carry your luggage for at least a half-kilometer. You may want to purchase a folding luggage trolley.
  • Reconfirm your flight reservations 72 hours before departure.
  • Give your family a contact number, such as the Office of Student Life, in case of emergency (802-440-4330).
  • You can experience fatigue and other physical symptoms due to long-distance travel and time changes.
  • Be well rested at the start of your trip and take care of details in advance.
  • Eat lightly and drink plenty of water the day before you travel.
  • Prepare for changes in temperature by wearing several layers of clothing that can be removed or added as needed.
  • Keep your passport, travel documents, and money with you at all times.
  • Keep important papers in your carry-on luggage, with photocopies in your other baggage.
  • Label your baggage inside and out with your name and both your home and U.S. addresses and telephone numbers. Use the address and telephone number of the Office of Student Life, if necessary.
  • To prevent inconvenience in the case of lost luggage, keep in your carry-on luggage all of the items you would need for one night's emergency stay in a hotel.
  • Toward the end of your flight, the airline personnel will give you several forms to complete for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and U.S. Customs. It is forbidden to bring certain items into the U.S. (for example, fruits, vegetables, drugs, and firearms). You will be asked to report the value of things you are bringing into the U.S. Simply follow the directions on the forms.
  • Present your passport, visa, I-20, and evidence of financial support to the U.S. immigration officer at the airport. After questioning you about your plans in the U.S., the immigration officer will decide how long you will be allowed to stay. After this, you will be directed to the Customs Service for inspection of your baggage.
  • Beware of fraud in airports. Do not purchase items or services from people who are not affiliated with the airport (for example, do not purchase long distance telephone debit cards in airports). We have a phrase in the U.S. that says, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”).

Good luck and safe travels!