Before You Leave

Stevens wants to make sure that you are fully prepared for your journey to the United States: The following are guidelines to assist you in getting ready for your departure.

In preparing for your flight, keep in mind that each airline has its own size and weight regulations, as well as fees, for both carry-on and checked baggage; please acquaint yourself with your airline’s policies and fees so that you can be sure your luggage meets the requirements before arriving at the airport. Furthermore, there are several items that you are prohibited from packing in your luggage; for a complete list of these items, please click here.

It is vital to remember that your carry-on bag is the only bag you will have access to when going through customs if you are flying to the U.S. For this reason, you should pack all of your identification and documentation needed for immigration in your carry-on bag; click here for more information about the immigration-related documents you will need when passing through customs. While it is unusual for baggage to be lost, please consider the possibility, and pack all of your essential items in your carry-on bag, including: immigration documents, credit card(s), cash, medications, phone, valuable items, Stevens' address, the address of your hotel/residence, and a map. If you are planning to take any toiletries with you, you must adhere to the Department of Transportation's 3-1-1 rule.

When packing your checked baggage, it is important that you consider the climate in New Jersey as you choose what clothing to bring. In the northeastern United States, there are four distinct seasons, with temperatures ranging from very cold (0 C) in the winter to very hot (32 C) in the summer, with moderate temperatures in the spring and fall. You should also consider purchasing a converter for all of your electronic devices. The United States uses 110-volt electricity, while most other countries use 220-volt electricity; a converter will ensure that your devices work properly and prevent them from blowing a fuse. In addition, you will need a plug adaptor since your appliances from home will probably not fit into U.S. outlets.

We wish you the best of luck with your travels and look forward to seeing you soon!