Duke Immerse purchases all program-related flights, bus tickets, car rentals and other modes of transportation specific to the program’s travel and field-based experiences.
Follow the instructions in your MyExperientialEd application portal to register your travel with Duke in the Duke Travel Registry. This is required for all Duke Immerse programs.
Our most important packing advice is a resounding, “PACK LIGHTLY!” Heavy bags are burdensome and you will be surprised at how easily you can get by with a few essential items.
Be sure to carry medications with you on your carry-on and pack any sharp items with checked luggage. Please review the general packing list, while keeping in mind that what you need to bring will vary depending on your destination.
Current regulations for U.S. airlines typically limit the amount of liquids and/or gels that can be carried on board to 3 oz. containers, all of which must fit in a 1-quart size plastic bag. Check ahead to see if any of your flights have carry-on liquid restrictions so that preparations can be made before you leave.
Many airlines charge per bag for checked luggage. Check your airline’s policies and prices and compare to shipping costs or purchasing necessary items onsite. Airlines also have limits on the number and weight of your pieces of luggage; research this information before you begin packing. If you plan to travel prior to arriving at your study abroad site, note that luggage limits within a country or region may vary considerably. If you are over these limits, you will be required to pay an excess baggage fee. Fees for overweight and oversized bags can be high, so you should check with your airline ahead of time if you plan to bring excess baggage. While excess luggage fees may seem high, this is generally a cheaper option than shipping these items.
Fall 2021 Packing List Additions
Below is a sample list to use as a guide when you pack. Please remember this is only a guide and items will vary according to culture, climate, and personal taste. Do not pack things you do not use or are not appropriate for your specific trip.
Essential Items (Non-Clothing)
You will be able to buy many of the things you need in your host country. However, for the items you choose to bring from home, you would be wise to consider the following tips:
When traveling internationally, upon entry to a foreign country, you must show your passport, visa (if required), and proof of any required immunizations. You may be required to show additional documents, depending on the country. At an airport, this usually occurs just after you deplane, but before you recover your luggage, so be sure to have the necessary documents with you. Remember that admission to the country is entirely at the discretion of the immigration officer, who will determine the length of stay to be authorized and stamped into your passport. They will normally ask you about the purpose of your visit, how long you plan to remain in the country, and where you will be staying.
After your passport has been stamped and you have collected your luggage, you will pass through a customs inspection. You will probably receive a customs declaration form to be filled out on your plane (or train), and customs officials will examine it when they look at your luggage. Your bags may be very carefully examined, and you may be detained or asked to pay duties if there are any irregularities or violations of customs regulations. You may also be waved through with no special attention whatsoever.
Check customs information for your host country prior to departure to learn more about what is allowed and what is prohibited at points of entry.