Don’t leave home without it: the ultimate travel checklist for Canada

Published On: May 11, 2023

Studying in Canada as an international student can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, there are a number of things you need to prepare before you embark on this journey, and one of the most important aspects is ensuring that you have all the necessary documents.

Here’s a list of essential documents you should have with you when traveling to Canada:

  • Travel Documents:

Of course, you’ll need your passport to enter Canada, and don’t forget your student visa. It’s also a good idea to have a credit card on hand, along with your air ticket and boarding pass. Your student card can also come in handy.

  • Copy of travel health insurance:

You’ll also need to have a copy of your travel health insurance in case of any emergencies.

  • Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from the LLI:

Make sure you have a copy of your Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from the LLI for the course you will be attending.

  • Fee receipt for accommodation allotted:

If you’ve already arranged for accommodation, you’ll need a fee receipt for it.

  • Other Documents:

Depending on your specific school and program, you may need specific letters like admits, aid, and forms. It’s always a good idea to bring your original transcripts and marksheets, as well as attested copies of them. Don’t forget your degree certificate, and if applicable, your final year project report and portfolio. Letters of recommendation and standardized exam score sheets such as IELTS, GMAT, etc., may also be required.

NOTE: Make sure to check with LLI for any additional documents you may need!

It is important to note that the specific documentation requirements may vary depending on the purpose and duration of your trip, as well as your country of origin. It is always a good idea to check the latest requirements and recommendations from the Canadian government before traveling. The LLI team can assist you on your journey by providing you with the most up-to-date information on the documentation requirements for your trip to Canada!

When entering Canada, it is important to be aware of your responsibility to disclose any large sums of money you are carrying. If you are carrying more than ten thousand dollars, you must report the amount to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) upon arrival.

It is important to note that this reporting requirement applies to all forms of money, including cash, securities in bearer form (such as stocks, bonds, and debentures), and negotiable instruments in bearer form (such as bankers’ drafts, cheques, and money orders).

Failure to declare the amount of money you are carrying may result in fines or even imprisonment. In addition, failure to declare may result in the seizure of the undeclared funds, and a delay in your entry into Canada.

To avoid any issues, it is recommended to declare all amounts of money you are carrying upon arrival, and to have documentation ready to demonstrate the source of the funds if requested by CBSA officials. By being transparent and forthcoming about your financial situation, you can help ensure a smooth entry into Canada.


Don’t forget these essential electronics

When it comes to studying in Canada, there are certain electronic devices that are crucial to have on hand. For international students who are planning to study English in Canada, it’s especially important to come prepared with the necessary gadgets. Here are some essential electronics that should be included in your packing list:

  • Laptop
  • USB pen drive
  • Outlet adaptors
  • USB cables
  • Wristwatch
  • Chargers for your phone, laptop, and other electronics.

By ensuring that you have these electronics with you, you’ll be better equipped to navigate your studies and stay connected with others while you’re abroad in Canada.

Winter in Canada: what to pack for a cozy Canadian adventure

Winter in Canada is a unique experience that transforms the landscape into a wonderland. However, the temperature can be a shock for those who are not used to cold weather. In some regions, the temperature hardly goes below freezing, while in others, it can plummet to as low as -14°F(-28°C). Therefore, it’s essential to pack the right items to stay warm and comfortable during your stay in Canada.

Clothing is the most important thing to consider when packing for winter in Canada. Here are some essential items that you should bring with you:

  • Winter jacket: A thick, insulated jacket is a must-have for staying warm in Canadian winters.
  • Winter pants: It’s essential to have insulated and waterproof pants to keep your legs warm and dry.
  • Thermal underwear: Thermal underwear is designed to keep you warm in cold weather, so make sure to pack a few pairs.
  • Long-sleeve shirts: Long-sleeve shirts made of wool or other warm materials are essential for layering and keeping warm.
  • Snow boots: Waterproof and insulated snow boots are necessary for walking in snow and slush.
  • Heavy wool socks: Thick wool socks will keep your feet warm and dry in cold weather.
  • Sweater, sweatshirt, or fleece (preferably wool): These items are perfect for layering and keeping warm indoors.
  • Gloves: Gloves are essential for protecting your hands from the cold and wind.
  • Scarf: A warm scarf will keep your neck and face warm and protected from the wind.
  • Winter hat (toque): A toque, also known as a beanie or knit cap, is essential for keeping your head warm.
  • Underwear: Don’t forget to pack warm and comfortable underwear.
  • Waterproof jacket and pants: If you plan on participating in outdoor activities, make sure to bring a waterproof jacket and pants to stay dry.
  • Sunglasses: The sun reflecting off the snow can be blinding, so make sure to bring a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes.

By packing these essential items, you’ll be able to enjoy your Canadian winter experience comfortably and without worrying about the cold.


From swimwear to sunglasses: what you need to pack for a summer in Canada

Canada’s summers can get quite hot, with temperatures rising up to 95°F (35°C) in some regions. The prairies are typically hot and dry, central Canada is humid, and the coasts are mild. To make the most of your summer in Canada, it’s important to pack the right clothes and items.

  • Underwear: Pack underwear made of synthetic fabric as it dries quickly and is lightweight.
  • Hiking socks: Bring several pairs of hiking socks to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
  • Short-sleeve shirts: Pack synthetic or cotton shirts to stay cool and comfortable.
  • Hiking shorts: Quick-dry shorts are recommended for hiking.
  • Jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt: Bring synthetic materials as they dry faster and are lightweight.
  • Waterproof jacket and pants: It’s a good idea to pack a waterproof jacket and pants in case of rain.
  • Hiking boots or sturdy hiking shoes: Pack comfortable and sturdy hiking shoes for long walks.
  • Towel: A lightweight and quick-dry towel can come in handy.
  • Water shoes or flip flops: Bring water shoes or flip flops for water activities or beach days.
  • Bathing suit: Don’t forget your bathing suit if you plan to swim!
  • Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the bright sun with a good pair of sunglasses.

By packing these items, you’ll be prepared for anything that comes your way during your summer adventure in Canada.

Are you ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime and study in Canada? Look no further than LLI! Our team of experts is here to guide you through every step of the checklist, from obtaining your student visa to securing your Conditional Letter of Acceptance for University entrance. We recommend an experienced immigration law firm to help you establish your eligibility for entry into Canada and provide professional services when applying for a visa.

By choosing LLI, you’ll have access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will make your transition to studying in Canada as smooth and stress-free as possible. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your academic and personal goals in a welcoming and supportive environment.



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