What Should You Pack When Going to Study Abroad?

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Securing an opportunity to study abroad can be a huge step for you towards realizing your dreams. While the idea of studying in a foreign country can be exciting, you might be wondering, “What should I pack when going abroad to study?” 

What to pack can be challenging as you will be leaving your home country for a few years. There’s also a possibility that you’ll choose to live and work abroad after graduation. 

The last thing you want is to realize that you are miles away from home and have forgotten an essential item. Being organized with your packing can save you from a lot of hassle as you settle in your country of study, making it easier to adapt to your new environment. 

Smart packing will help you figure out what you need to bring from your home country and what you can buy in your new country.

Let’s explore everything you need to know about preparing for your trip, including what to pack in your luggage: 

Tip #1- Pack at Least a Week Before Departure

Last-minute packing is a recipe for disaster. You’re more likely to forget essential items in a last-minute-hurry. 

It’s best to start packing early to save yourself from unnecessary stress and panic. Create your packing list at least a week before your departure. That will give you an idea of what you will need to carry. 

Have a ‘yes’ list, a ‘maybe’ list, and a ‘no’ list to make sure that you only bring the essential items.

Tip #2- Take Your Study Period into Account 

How long will you stay in the new country? The length of your stay will determine the type of clothing you will bring along with you on the trip, as there may be weather changes. 

If you are studying for more than two semesters, you may need a carry-on bag in addition to your suitcase. Your coat and other heavier clothes can take up a lot of space.

Tip #3- Don’t Forget to Pack Appropriate Clothing

Research the country you are traveling to and consider the most acceptable dress code. You don’t want to attract negative attention  by dressing in something culturally inappropriate.

Considering the season during which your study period lies will determine the essential items you will bring with you. 

If there will be a winter season, consider carrying insulated beverage bottles for your hot cuppa, some gloves, warm jackets, and hats. For the summer season, consider carrying some light clothes. 

Tip #4- Bring Your Medication

If you need prescription medication, it’s a good idea to pack enough to last you for at least a month. 

It might take while to fully understand how to navigate the medical system and health insurance in your country of study. 

#Tip 5- Carry Some Cash 

Today, you can purchase almost anything online. However, you still need to have some cash on you for emergencies. 

Ideally, you should carry around $300 of the local currency of the country you will be studying in. This money will come in handy for paying for cab rides, meals, and personal care items as you settle down.

#Tip 6- Bring Some Essential Toiletries

It’s a good idea to also pack essential toiletries such as soap, deodorant, toothpaste,  body lotion, shampoo, and hair oil. Having these simple personal care items can help make your transition easier.  

There are some places where you can access toiletries easily from the local pharmacy, while some places will require you to take a trip to the supermarket. 

Carry enough toiletries to last you at least 2 to 4 weeks to give you time to understand the shopping situation in your new country.

Tip #7- Pack Your Electronics

Electronics are expensive. You don’t want to be spending your limited resources on purchasing new ones. If you already have good electronics, pack them for your study abroad. 

A laptop will be an essential item for your study, and a phone will be important to enable you to communicate with your friends and family back home. Don’t forget to pack their chargers. 


Tip #8- Most Importantly, Don’t Forget the Required Travel Documents

Put the originals and copies of your passport, visa, and identity documents in your carry-on bag. Ensure that you store your originals and copies in different bags in case you lose them.


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