Handbooks for LIC programs
What to Bring – Fall Programs

What to Bring – Fall Programs

What to Bring

During this program, you will stay in Montreal for several weeks. In September, the weather can be very warm (25° – 30°) and humid, but sometimes the weather can be cooler (12° – 16°) at night. In October it gets cooler, and by early November it is normal to have some freezing temperatures ( 0°). We often see rainy weather in the fall, and the leaves fall off the trees and the days get shorter. Sometimes there is a little snow by early November.  Residence buildings and your classroom building are air conditioned in warm weather and heated in cool weather. If you are in homestay, your home may or may not be air-conditioned.

Things to Bring

Here is a checklist of things to bring:

    • passport (also make a photocopy of your passport and keep it separately)
    • money belt
    • if you bring a credit card, make a photocopy of the front and back and keep it separately
    • copies of prescriptions (for glasses or contact lenses, or medication you may need to buy)
    • a laptop computer or tablet (for homework and classwork)
    • sunglasses
    • toiletries: toothpaste, shampoo, etc. (you can also buy these things here in Canada, at a drugstore or supermarket)
    • shorts (September)
    • T-shirts
    • long-sleeve shirts
    • waterproof jacket or other light jacket
    • long pants
    • a light sweater or a hoodie
    • good walking shoes – many activities require a lot of walking
    • swimsuit – there is a pool in the residence
    • slippers to wear in the residence
    • camera, extra memory card and camera batteries
    • if you have contact lenses, bring an extra pair, and your glasses
    • if you have prescription medication, bring enough for your trip, but also bring the prescription (note from the doctor), in case you need to get more
    • headache/fever medicine like Tylenol, Advil or Aspririn. These are available in Canada, but you may wish to bring a brand you know
    • there is wifi in the residence and in McGill buildings – you can bring any wireless devices you wish – a smartphone, tablet or laptop. A laptop computer is recommended for your schoolwork and homework assignments
    • charger for your phone or other device


Electricity in Canada is the same as in the United States: 110 volts, 60 Hertz. Most plugs from Japan, China and Mexico work in Canada, but most Canadian electrical outlets are polarized and have a third prong for ground (Type B).



Image of outlet courtesy Kevin Stanley, McGill University