Packing for Minnesota: An Ultimate Packing Check List

The start of the St. Paul Preparatory School 2014-15 school year is less than a month away and many of our students will be making a trip to the northern United States. As both new and returning students prepare for their trip many of them may struggle with what exactly to bring with them. Packing may seem like a simple task but when you are planning to stay far away from home for almost a year this task can seem scary and overwhelming. We narrowed down the essential items that you may need when traveling to Minnesota from another country.

Standard Items:

  • Passport
  • Plane Tickets
  • Student Visa
  • Prescriptions – Bring enough for the length of your stay. If you run out you may have to see an American doctor. (Note: Make sure to speak with your local doctor before your trip)
  • Glasses/Contact Lenses – bring extra
  • Vitamins
  • Book(s) – for the plane ride
  • Journal
  • $300 in American currency
  • Wallet
  • Backpack
  • Outlet adapter
  • Laptop w/ charger
  • MP3 Player/iPod
  • A few hangers


  • Underwear – two weeks worth
  • Socks – two weeks worth (Note: Consider packing thicker socks for the winter month)
  • Jeans – a few pairs
  • Nice Dress Pants – 1 pair for more formal occasions
  • Pajamas – 2 pairs
  • Swimsuit – Minnesota does house the Water Park of America!
  • Long Sleeve & Short Sleeve Shirts
  • Sweatshirts/Hoodies – 3 to 4
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy Winter Coat
  • Jacket – a lighter one for warmer months and one that is water-resistant
  • Shorts – 2 to 3 pairs
  • Skirts/Dresses – for more formal occasions
  • Workout Clothes
  • Sneakers/Dress Shoes/Snow Boots
  • Gloves/Mittens/Hat/Scarf
  • A Few Accessories – don’t pack your whole jewelry collection, just a few favorite pieces
  • Thermal Underwear – you laugh now but when you are outside in the dead of winter you will thank us

 Toiletries: (Note: If these items are in your carry-on bag they need to be TSA Compliant)

  • Feminine Products – a few to travel with
  • Contact Solution
  • Nail Clippers
  • Makeup
  • All other toiletries can be bought when you arrive in the States


  • Copies of your Medical and Dental Records
  • Small portions of your favorite food from your home country – in case you have a craving while away from home
  • Photos – you can buy frames when you get to the U.S.

Fall Fashion Trends in the United States:

  • Mini Dresses
  • Bold Prints
  • Gold Color Scheme
  • Sportswear
  • Fairy-Tale Inspired
  • Neon
  • Pastels

What’s on your packing list? Did we miss anything? Let us know!


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Nacel Open Door

Nacel Open Door, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to international understanding and language education.

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