Packing to travel to USA!

What do au pairs need to pack? What au pairs don’t need to pack? These are the question that everyone have before traveling to USA and I want to tell you that packing a suitcase sounds easier than it might actually turn out to be in the end.


  • Your passport along with your visa (your visa is in your passport)
  • Your DS-2019 form along with your SEVIS-receipt
  • Copy of your flight itinerary (the one you can print via
  • Your driver’s license as well as your international driver’s license
  • Contact details and important telephone numbers (your host family, your Au Pair agency, your family/parents phone number, any emergency phone number that is important)
  • Some cash, credit or debit card for the case of an emergency
  • Insurance card
  • Make sure to take photo copies of the important documents with you!


You don’t need to worry too much about the clothes you pack. You will be very likely to buy lots of new clothes during your stay abroad.

Bring some appropriate clothes = Practical & Comfortable. Keep in mind that you will spend most of your time with children. Some of their activities might include: Play/Run outside; sports; arts & crafts; feeding babies or young toddler; etc.

One great suggestion: Bring clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and donate these clothes at the end of your stay (this will help you make room in your suitcase when you go back home).

Bring a comfortable pair of shoes/snickers.

Winter jacket/coat: You can bring from home or you can buy one here. If you are leaving in summer, you don’t need to bring a winter coat; you will have enough time to buy it during your time abroad.

Winter in Pennsylvania tends to be very heavy and calls for a good winter jacket. If you don’t have one yet and are thinking about getting one, wait until you get here.


You should only pack enough toiletries to get through the first few weeks (big containers of shampoos are very heavy and take up a lot of space and weight in your suitcase). After your first few weeks you will likely go shopping to get to know your new local area and shops with the other au pairs.

If you wear contact lenses, make sure to bring them + cleaning solution.

If you wear eye glasses, make sure to bring your prescription (in case you need to get a new pair of glasses during your stay).

Pack any prescription medication – if you have/need one. Seeing a doctor in America might be expensive, even if you have a health insurance.

Important Medicine (if you are taking any).


  • Electronic devices (laptop, camera) – or you can buy those in the USA.
  • Adapter + charger for your electronics.
  • Some sweets or other food of your home country you don’t want to go without for an entire year.  You might run into a bit homesick days where you might need a sweet reminder from your home
  • Hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Small dictionary
  • Photos of your family and friends at home :Having a few thousand photos on your phone just isn’t the same. Pack a few favorite photos of family and friends and decorate your new room with them. If you are homesick, this is one of good way to keep your loved ones close.


This is a easy way to start showing your culture and also break the ice. Your Host Family will appreciate your gesture of kindness. A gift doesn’t need to be expensive or big. It could be a book for the kids or a specialty from your home country. Candy is always appreciated.


Pack your favourite recipe book or at least have some easy recipes from your home country saved on your computer. This will help you to prepare delicious & healthy meals for your new au pair family and teach them more about your culture!


You don’t need to pack towels, bed sheets, blankets or pillows. Your host family will provide all of these for you.

And lastly, remember this: YOU CAN BUY EVERYTHING IN U.S.A!

Safe travels!! Can’t wait to meet you!

Saturday, 30 September 2017 4:33 PM


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