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What to Bring

Check List

  • Electrical Appliances:

    The standard electrical system in the United States is alternating current, 60 cycles, 120 volts. If you bring electrical equipment (such as hairdryer, shaver, computer), be sure it is compatible or bring an adapter. You might want to bring a battery-operated alarm clock. Generally, it is more costly to purchase adaptors in the Untied States than it is overseas


  • Dress:

    Winter weather in Delaware is mild compared to much of the rest of the northern United States but still can be cold. January normally averages between 23°F (-5°C) to 40°F (4.5°C), with low to moderate levels of precipitation (snow, rain, sleet/ice). There may be some days when you may only need a light jacket, but for most of your trip you should plan on winter weather conditions - cold temperatures, rain or snow, and wind. The weather is slightly warmer in Washington and colder, with a greater chance of snow, in New York and Boston. Wind can make all these places feel even colder.

    You may want to consider bringing the following: a raincoat, an umbrella, boots, a warm scarf, a thick winter coat, warm gloves, a warm hat, 1-2 sweaters, warm socks, and clothing which can be layered.

    Generally, academics and students dress casually in the United States. For men, casual slacks or jeans, collared shirts, and/or sweaters are acceptable; for women, sweaters or pullovers, casual skirts and pants are acceptable while on campus. In Delaware, dressier clothing is appropriate for some restaurants and nightspots, but the atmosphere is generally informal, and comfortable sportswear is usually appropriate. In Boston, New York (especially), and Washington one encounters more formal/fancier attire. You may wish to bring a business suit for meetings with government officials, and a sport-jacket and dress trousers, or a blouse and skirt, for meetings with academics while away from Newark as well as for receptions and other special events. In all cases, appropriate non-western wear is perfectly acceptable. As we will do a significant amount of walking, please be certain to bring at least one good pair of comfortable walking shoes. Military personnell should wear civillian clothing only, no uniforms please.


  • Luggage:

    Please pack lightly. Generally, airlines permit travelers to/from North America to check one suitcase weighing no more than 22kg; however travelers from some locations will be permited two items each weighing no more than 22kg. Inside your checked suitcase, it would be advisable to bring a small collapsible bag to use during our study-trips. Additionally, passengers are permitted to bring one carry-on bag and one personal item (e.g. laptop, camera bag, back pack, or purse) in the aircraft cabin. Please check with your airline for specific limitations; however, we encourage everyone to pack as lightly as possible.

    In addition to your checked baggage, airlines generally permit one to carry a small bag and one personal item (e.g. a purse or small back pack) aboard the plane. We strongly encourage you to carry with you a few days clothing and other essentials in case your bag is delayed in transit.


  • Medicine:

    If you require any prescription medications, please bring these with you on the aircraft. If you are under doctor's care for any condition, you might want to bring a letter from your physician describing your condition and treatment regime in case you need to see a doctor while you are in the United States.


  • Money:

    You will receive a quite ample cash allowance which will cover your meals and incidental expenses, allow you to purchase books (beyond those required for the course, which will be provided to you), have some fun, and still allow you to take some gifts home. In the past, however, some visitors have wanted to make more frequent shopping trips. If you are such a person, you might want to bring additional money or an ATM, credit, or debit card-- but this is totally up to you. If you do bring money, do not bring a great deal of cash; it is safer to bring traveler's checks. If you do bring money, do note that foreign currency cannot be converted in Newark; one must travel to Wilmington (about a 45 minute drive) to convert money.


  • Toiletries:

    Although you will be able to purchase toiletries locally, you might not be able to find the brand you enjoy using. Please remember, however, that strict limitations are in place concerning the quantities of fluids which one may bring aboard aircraft.


  • Valuables:

    Although the UD campus and Newark are generally safe, neither the US government nor the University of Delaware can guarantee the safety of any valuables you might bring. Therefore, you should leave expensive and extravagant things at home.

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