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What to Bring                                                                              

  • Laptop: For your class use, please bring a laptop computer, if you have one. This is highly recommended. Other usual study materials (pencils, paper, etc.) will be needed.
  • A local SIM card:  The State Department will provide all of you with a basic – mobile phone (not smartphone) that can be used for calling and texting within the United States, and an international calling card with a limited amount of minutes for you to call home.  You will receive it early in your first week of your arrival at CAU. If you have an unlocked smartphone you may want to consider bringing it and using a local SIM card.  All data charges in the U.S. will be at your own expense; we encourage you to use Wi-Fi whenever it is available.
  • Money:  You will receive money from the U.S. Embassy in your home country as you depart.  This money is for you to use in the U.S. for excess luggage that you may have when you fly from Atlanta to Washington D.C. for the Presidential Summit and final departure to your country thereafter. Therefore, please make sure you save this fund for that purpose.

Suggested Items


  • Business casual clothing for duration of program*
  • Business dress for special occasions including business pitches and 3-day Summit in Washington D.C.
  • Dress clothes for Closing Reception (may include traditional dress)
  • Light sweater/jacket for air conditioned buildings/classrooms
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Jeans
  • Dress shoes
  • Comfortable walking shoes

*Business Casual attire includes khaki pants/slacks/skirts/capris/dresses, button down shirts, polos, traditional clothing, and/or blouses.


  • Toiletry bag
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Make up, moisturizers, and hair products
  • Sunscreen


  • Aspirins/Prescription medicines in clearly labeled containers
  • Prescription glasses/Contacts and contact solution
  • Card listing allergies and medical conditions
  • Sunglasses
  • Plastic bags
  • Pens and writing materials
  • Rechargeable phone card
  • Power adapters
  • Travel clock
  • Small first aid kit
  • Camera with extra film/storage (memory card)
  • Family pictures (this may reduce homesickness)

Travel Documents to Take With You

  • Passport with required visas
  • Health book (record of immunizations)
  • Airline tickets (many countries require round trip ticket for entry)
  • Drivers license
  • Cash (US currency)
  • Major international credit cards (ie. American Express, VISA/MasterCard)
  • Airline frequent travel cards
  • Telephone numbers at destinations and addresses in countries to be visited
  • Copy of your passport (photo and visa pages) and other travel documents


  • Label your suitcase inside and out with your name and your home address and perhaps attach a sticker, ribbon, patch or other unique identifier to your luggage to make it easier to spot.
  • Carry a copy of your passport, visas, travel and other important documents with you in your carry-on luggage. You should also leave a copy of all this information at home with someone trusted and contactable while you are away.
  • Don’t pack your travel documents and passport in your checked luggage; rather take it with you in your carry luggage.
  • Remember to bring more than enough of any medication you might need along with you and carry prescriptions for any medications that you carry with you.
  • Check with your airline to find out its regulations for what you can and cannot pack in your carry-on bags. Do not put any sharp objects like nail scissors, razors, or pocketknives in your carry-on. Such items may be considered a threat to safety and could be taken away from you. Pack them in your checked baggage instead.