Although the IP office will provide you various reminders about how to maintain your status, you should not depend on the IP office to warn you before you take an action that could endanger your status as an F-1 student under United States immigration law. It is your responsibility alone to maintain lawful F-1 student status. You must maintain lawful student status if you wish to enjoy the benefits associated with it, such as on-campus employment, practical training, and the ability to re-enter the United States when you travel. You will be considered to be “out of status” if you do not fulfill the conditions of your F-1 visa.
When traveling anywhere, you should carry your I-20, passport and visa.