Always packing and always on the go.
It’s almost that time of year again! Yay! Many of you who are applying now for study abroad or are starting to receive your program acceptance letters for the spring are probably wondering, what am I going to pack? What am I going to really need?
One of the most daunting thoughts after making the most exciting decision of your life (to study abroad!) is what in the world are you going to pack? Where do you even begin??? Fitting clothes, cosmetics, electronics, personal objects, etc. into a suitcase, fingers cross to maybe two, and your carry-ons.
(Always check your airline to see what their checked baggage allowance is and how many carry-ons you are allowed to help you when you are packing)
One of the greatest tools I found while packing was a checklist made just for studying abroad. While there was never a “perfect” checklist made just for me, I was always able to use one and modify it to my needs.
After doing two studies abroad, a summer in Australia and a semester in London, I wanted to make a packing list guide for studying abroad. If there is anything I have learned, is less is more. You don’t need to pack all of your favorite shirts, an outfit for all of the “what if” occasions, or those seven pairs of shoes you can’t live without.
This is a preview of the Study Abroad Checklist. You Can Download it at the bottom of the page!
The most important part about packing is remembering that you are packing for 4-6 months, and while it will be hard to choose what to pack, you are going for the experience!
Even If you are not studying abroad next semester, but know you want to study abroad for a semester soon, try packing ahead. Pack lighter than usual for a semester to see what is really important, what you really need, and what you think you can’t live without (but then never wear!)
The most important part is making the list work for you. It is about staying organized, keeping on track, and not feeling overwhelmed when those last few days start creeping up on you before you leave.
And most importantly... Have fun on your study abroad!!!
xx A Traveler's Bliss
(hey - hey you. click the bliss above... do it.)