Montana State University

Training Programs

Janelle Rasmussen, Director

Tel: (406) 994-7602
Fax: (406) 994-1619

MSU Office of International Programs

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172260
400 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-2260

What to bring with you to the United States

Bozeman weather in June and July is nearly always beautiful and sunny. However, the temperatures can vary greatly and quickly throughout the course of the day. In June, the temperature ranges from a low of 5C to a high of 32C. In July, temperatures heat up a little more however, they rarely get above 35C.

The key to dressing appropriately for Montana’s weather is to bring clothes that can be layered. A typical Montanan might dress for a July day in a short-sleeved T-shirt, covered by a long-sleeved button shirt, covered by a lightweight vest. Layering clothing in this way allows you to adjust as the temperature changes throughout the day. You may also want a light coat for the evenings. A rain jacket or an umbrella is also a very good idea. Afternoon rain is common in Montana in the summer.

At the university, dress is decidedly informal, especially during the summer. Professors, for example, seldom wear jackets or neck ties, while students frequently wear short pants, skirts, and t-shirts. Non-western wear is acceptable to wear at all times. You should also plan to bring at least one outfit to wear during more formal social events, and it is very important that you pack at least one pair of comfortable, closed-toed, sturdy walking shoes.

Summer visitors to Montana are typically encouraged to bring the following items:

  • adequate supply of prescription medication (pack in carry-on bag);
  • extra pair of prescription glasses (pack in carry-on bag);
  • tennis shoes or other comfortable walking shoes;
  • a bathing suit;
  • shorts or a skirt;
  • a warm sweater, vest, or jacket;
  • a rain jacket or umbrella;
  • warm bed clothes (Montana nights can be chilly);
  • exercise clothes (if you want to use the MSU gymnasium);
  • warm socks;
  • sunglasses;
  • travel alarm;
  • dress clothes for presentations and parties; and
  • pictures, souvenirs, and artifacts to share and/or show program staff, local community members, and other participants!

Pack lightly!  You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage, so plan to pack only what you can manage yourself. Please check size and weight restrictions of checked baggage for your international flight (each airline has different regulations). For flights between cities within the United States, you will need to pay for checking the baggage and weight limit is 22.5 kg --- over that amount and you will also likely be charged $50 per overweight bag. It is recommended therefore that your luggage consist of two medium-sized suitcases (each weighing less than 22.5 kg). If you can manage with only one bag, you may also wish to pack a duffel bag or collapsible suitcase to take home purchased items. In addition to your checked baggage, airlines generally allow passengers to carry a small bag and one personal item (e.g. a purse or small back pack) aboard the plane. We strongly encourage you to carry with you a few clothing items and other essentials in case your bag is delayed in transit.

You will be provided with all required books and materials needed during the Institute. However, you might want to bring a translation dictionary to assist you.

Electrical Appliances
The standard electrical system in the United States is alternating current, 60 cycles, 120 volts. If you choose to bring electric devices (such as a travel alarm or hair dryer), please consider the differences in voltage, Hertz, and plug styles. For more information on converting electricity, please use a search engine such as Google, Yahoo, or click here. You may want to bring a battery-operated alarm clock as classes and activities will start on time!


If you require any prescription medications, please bring these with you on the aircraft in your carry-on bag (remember to place them in a quart size plastic Ziploc bag for security screeing purposes). If you are under doctor's care for any condition, you might want to bring a letter from your physician describing your condition and treatment regime in case you need to see a doctor while you are in the United States.

Although you will be able to purchase toiletries locally, you might not be able to find the brand you like best. Therefore, you should bring an ample supply of toiletries, such as:

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and other dental hygiene items
  • Soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and other hair care items
  • Anti-perspirant/deodorant
  • Razor and shaving cream (if appropriate)
  • Sunscreen lotion

Please keep in mind that any bottles with 3 ounces or more must be packed in your check-in luggage. For the most up to date travel regulations and guidelines, please visit the following Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website: TSA | Transportation Security Administration | U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Although the MSU campus and Bozeman are generally safe places to live, neither the U.S. government nor the university can guarantee the safety of any valuables you might bring. Therefore, you should leave expensive and extravagant items at home.