When it comes to traveling abroad, there are so many incredible things to look forward to. With a lot of careful planning, you get the chance to plan your studies, sightseeing adventures, and even the most Instagram-worthy locations in your new location. But one of the most important things to consider before you take that flight is everything you’ll take with you. It’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed trying to plan for several months of any number of scenarios.
So, that’s why we’ve put together your ultimate packing list for studying abroad:
1. Clothes and Shoes
You should bring in the new Make sure you pack according to the climate you’re traveling to. The last thing you want is to brave a cold rainy day without closed-toe shoes.
2. Personal Amenities
A great thing about traveling is that you can find toiletries and personal amenities just about anywhere you go. But when it comes to your favorite face wash or conditioner, it’s always best to come prepared just in case you can’t find the same products in your destination. Eventually, you’ll find something local that works for you, but for the first few months, you’ll be happy you have it.
Of course when you’re going to school, you’re going to end up with plenty of books throughout the year. But sometimes you’ll want to dive into your favorite stories instead. So when you’re looking for a break from studying and other required reading, you’ll be glad to have a few easy reads. It’ll also come in handy during your travels. One delayed flight is all it takes to make you wish you’d brought some reading material.
4. Your Favorite Foods from Home
We’re not going to sugar coat it, the homesickness while studying abroad gets real sometimes. Maybe you’re staying connected to everybody back home with Skype, but some of the things you’ll miss will surprise you.
Often times it will be the little things related to your culture, like your favorite foods that will make you miss home the most. So be sure to tuck away your favorite snack food for a homesick day. And of course, the best way to start a great connection with a new roommate is to offer them something delicious to eat!
5. Important Documents
Always make sure you have your documents with you. You will most likely need to have your passport with you but some other key things to have around include your visa, school ID, flight tickets. Along with copies of important details like flight information, school documents, or identification numbers. If you’re not sure about it, it’s always better to err on the side of being over-prepared than to show up and realize you don’t have some information you need. But as always, make sure you’re storing your information in a safe place.
While WhatsApp, Skype, and Instagram are all great ways to stay in touch with people you care about, there’s something to be said about the handwritten letter. You never know if you’ll want to write to your family back home or start sending postcards.
We know paperless payments are becoming far more common worldwide. But it’s always a good idea to have some cash tucked away just in case someone doesn’t automatically offer you the chance to pay digitally.
8. Gifts for new friends
You never know who you might meet while you’re studying abroad. You don’t want to make an incredible connection with somebody only to turn around and have nothing to gift them.
9. Laptops & Chargers
It’s one thing to show up to class empty-handed. Even if you like to take notes by hand, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to do all of your studying without a computer handy.
And of course, what good is having a laptop if you forget your charger at home. Take it from your fellow students of the world, running out to buy a new device charger is pricey and annoying in every country.
10. A Reliable Camera
You’ll want to be able to capture memories of your time abroad. Whether it’s through photos or video, you’ll definitely regret not documenting this time in your life. You probably already have a great camera on your phone, but it’s always a good idea to have an extra camera around – whether it’s because you want to work on your DLSR skills or just in case.