Important note about luggage:
You may bring a total of three bags with you:
- ONE larger suitcase which you may check at the airport and pick up when you arrive in Seattle (your "checked bag") - may not weigh more than 23 kg (50 lbs)
- TWO smaller "carry-on items" which you will bring with you on the plane (one small suitcase/backpack/bag no larger than 14 inches x 9 inches x 22 inches (23 x 35 x 56 cm), and one "personal item" which can be a backpack/purse/laptop).
Weather in Seattle in the summer is often hot, but can be cooler in the mornings and evenings. We recommend being prepared to dress in layers to accommodate the fact that weather can change throughout the day.
Here is some advice about what clothing to pack:
2-3 pairs of long pants
2-3 skirts/dresses or shorts
4-5 short-sleeved shirts
3-4 long-sleeved shirts
1-2 warm sweaters or sweatshirts
2-3 special occasion outfits (dress/skirt or dress shirt/tie)
8-10 pairs of underwear
8-10 pairs of socks
1 pair walking/gym shoes
1 pair of special occasion shoes
1 pair sandals
1 light jacket with a hood or rain jacket
1-2 pairs of pajamas
A note about shoes: Even with reliable public transportation, everyone does a great deal of walking on every possible type of surface – pavement, mud, dirt, pebble, etc. Many of the program activities involve walking, regardless of the weather. All participants should bring at least one pair of good, comfortable walking shoes with water-resistant soles.
You will have opportunities to do laundry during your stay. Laundry facilities are available in the residence hall in Seattle.
During your time in Seattle, you will have an opportunity to teach local children about your country and culture. Photos, arts & crafts items, examples of traditional clothing, picture books, games, and maps are all great examples of things you can bring that are fun for students to look at during your cultural activities.
Other items to pack:
Pictures of your home town, family and school to share with friends and family that you meet in the U.S.
Camera with extra memory card and batteries or charger
Backpack or bag to use for everyday use and class
Personal toiletries for the first few days – these can easily be purchased and replenished once you arrive
Electronic adapter (see explanation below)
Electrical Issues. The United States uses a different voltage than other parts of the world and has different plugs for electronic devices. You will need to have an electronic converter if you plan to use electronic devices that you bring from home. Converters can be purchased in the U.S., but we highly recommend that you bring one with you as they are most likely cheaper in your home country and you may want one as soon as you arrive in the U.S.