As an international student, I do a lot of traveling to and from campus. I have missed flights, lost items, been stuck in snowstorms and more. I’ve learned a lot from these experiences. And I want to share some of that knowledge with you. Hence, here are some of my tried and tested travel tips:
- When traveling during the winter months, always have a heavy jacket, thick socks and a wool hat with you. My first year at Conn, my plane got diverted to Philadelphia during a snowstorm and I was wearing flip flops. I don’t recommend it.
- Keep prescriptions for the medications you take. Customs may ask about the bottle of pills in your bag.
- Keep a list of your social media account handles on hand. U.S. Immigration may ask for them. You are not required to give your passwords, just the account names.
- Only use suitcase locks approved by the TSA. This will ensure a TSA agent does not break your chain during a security check should they require one. If they do check your bags, they will relock them and put a notice inside that it was checked.
- Keep $20 to $30 dollars on hand in small denominations (some $1 bills, and a couple $5 bills). This may be useful if you want a snack, need a luggage cart or forgot to bring your toothpaste!
- Travel light. I travel with one checked bag and one carry-on. It makes sprinting through the airport to catch a departing bus/train much easier! Plus, you don’t need to pay for a luggage cart at the airport.
- Have a portable charger on hand. You’d be surprised how busy charging ports are in airports.
- Before a long flight, steer clear of caffeine so you can fall asleep on the plane. Staying awake for 24 hours will not make the conversation with U.S. immigration officers any fun!