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Traveling to Portland


As your summer will involve a significant amount of air travel (see itinerary at the bottom of this page), we encourage you to pack as lightly as possible.  We have also planned a number of site visits and field trips, so please make sure you bring a small bag in addition to your regular suitcase.


Portland is warm and sunny throughout the months of June and July.  You can expect temperatures to range from a low of 12C to a high of 27C.  Because temperatures will vary from morning to evening, we encourage that you pack warm weather clothes (e.g. a T-shirt and jeans) that can be layered with a jacket or a hoodie.

Typical attire at Portland State University is informal, and students on campus often wear short pants, t-shirts, and sandals during the summer.  We expect that most of your wardrobe will consist of light-weight casual clothing, and ask especially that you pack at least one pair of comfortable walking shoes (e.g. tennis shoes or sneakers).  If you feel that you would be more comfortable in non-western clothing, please feel free to dress as you do in your home country.

You should also bring at least one formal outfit to wear to the more official events throughout the program.  For women, this means a suit/skirt/dress, and men are expected to wear neckties.

In addition to the above, we encourage you to pack the following items:

  • Outdoor clothes (for camping)
  • Exercise clothes (you will have access to our gym)
  • Swimsuit
  • Travel alarm clock
  • A rain jacket or umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, shampoo, etc.)
  • Prescription medication (as needed)

Electrical Appliances

For electrical appliances (such as hairdryer, shaver, or laptop), please keep in mind that the U.S. uses alternating current, 60 cycles, 120 volts.  You will need to ensure that it is compatible or bring an adapter.


If you have any prescription medication, you should pack it in your carry-on bag while traveling at all times.  Also, if you are currently under a doctor’s care for any condition, you may want to bring a letter from your physician with details on your condition and treatment in case you need to see a doctor while in the U.S.

Flight Regulations

Checked Baggage: For most airlines, the weight limit for each piece of luggage is 22kg.  Anything OVER this restriction will be charged an overweight fee of about $50, which you will be required to pay.  We highly recommend that you pack your belongings in two medium-sized suitcases to check, each weighing less than 22kg.  If you expect to purchase items such as souvenirs to take home, please consider packing all your belongings in one suitcase and bringing an empty duffel bag or collapsible suitcase to fill later.  Any bottles of liquid that weight 3 or more ounces must be placed in your checked baggage.

Carry-ons: Airlines also allow passengers one carry-on bag and a personal item (purse or laptop case or small backpack) to keep with them aboard the plane.  You may want to pack one complete outfit in one of your carry-ons in case your checked baggage is delayed in transit.  Also, any prescription medication or bottles of liquid that weigh less than 3 ounces must be packed in a quart size Ziploc bag as part of your carry-on luggage.

For the most up-to-date travel information, please visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website.


This is the projected itinerary from 2013. Students will arrive in Washington, D.C. at the end of June for the MEPI opening activities. From there, the itinerary is roughly as follows:

6/25: Washington, D.C. --> Portland, OR

7/14: Portland, OR --> San Francisco, CA

7/18: San Francisco, CA --> Portland, OR

7/30: Portland, OR --> Washington, D.C.

In addition to air travel, we will be traveling by car frequently to other areas in within Oregon and California for field trips.


Please review these step-by-step travel guidelines, especially if this is your first time traveling to the United States: