Preparing and packing for your trip to Canada, when done properly, will help make your study experience a success. With many things to remember, it’s important to start early and use tools to help you organize your time and prioritize your responsibilities.
Without the following documents you may not be allowed to board a plane, enter Canada, or begin your studies in Canada:
Remember: the above documents must be kept on your person or in your carry-on luggage. In addition to original documentation, you should also bring a minimum of two photocopies of each of the above.
After sorting out the required documentation, should give yourself adequate time to pack for your trip. Make sure to do sufficient research about the weather in the city or town you will be residing in, and pack appropriate clothing. In order to further ensure a smooth arrival, check to make sure that you are not bringing in restricted or prohibited goods, including food products.
As per customs regulations, also note that you should not bring more than $10,000 CAD into Canada, or you may risk paying fines, penalties, or seizures.
While most Canadian airports will have an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM), it is advised that you bring about $100–$200 in cash, in addition to a credit and debit card, for incidental purchases, services, or emergencies after arrival.
In major Canadian cities, in addition to taxis and buses, there may also be subways or rail lines that can take you close to your accommodation. However, most schools also offer Airport pickup service that can safely deliver you to your homestay, dormitory, or apartment.
Remember: if you take a taxi, remember to bring a 10 to 15% tip for the driver.