While you are on your J-1 visa, it is not trivial to travel around. I was able to travel to Canada, Costa Rica, and Panama during my Fulbright year, but there are some things one must take care of first.
Traveling to and returning from Canada
The documents I showed the customs officials were:
- valid passport,
- DS-2019 (with the travel signature),
- a letter from my University, confirming my status.
I was also advised to have all documents photocopied just in case anyone wants to hang on to a piece of my identity 🙂 During the visit I also traveled to some other countries and had no problem at all.
Scan all forms and keep an electronic backup of everything you come along your application process. Since you can only take a limited amount of stuff with you, an electronic backup could come in handy during your Fulbright stay.