What to Pack

Northern Virginia has a four-season climate. Please bring clothing to accommodate a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. Typical temperatures range from 0 to 35 degrees Celsius. Winters are cold and occasionally snowy, while summers are usually very warm and humid. If you do not have appropriate seasonal clothing, you can buy it after you arrive.

Mason has a large and active international community, and we encourage you to bring some traditional clothing to wear at cultural events when you wish to share your heritage.

You will also need a small pillow, sheets, blankets and towels; they are not provided by landlords or in campus residences.

If you wear eye glasses or contact lenses, you may want to bring spare ones; these items tend to be more expensive in the U.S.

Dress for class is casual; however, you may want to bring a few formal outfits for special events (e.g. career fairs, graduation).

IMPORTANT: We strongly recommend that you use TSA-approved locks to secure your luggage.  Click here to learn more about TSA-approved locks.

Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States (March 21, 2017) -- The fact sheet includes a list of electronic devices that are not allowed as carry-on luggage from a select number of airports.

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Virginia Climate