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The Ultimate International Student Packing Advice

September 17, 2015

Packing your suitcase for a holiday can be stressful, even if you only leave for a week or two. So we totally understand how stressful it can be leaving your country permanently or for a long period of time. This is especially true when you move to study abroad.\r\n\r\nDon’t worry! We have listed everything you need to remember when packing for your first year studying abroad. So let us guide you through some basic recommendations and pieces of general advice on what to do and what not to do when packing.\r\n

Leave the Basic Stuff Behind

\r\nShampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes or anything like this should be left behind! These all waste too much space in your luggage. You can buy all of these products once you arrive in the country you are studying in.\r\n

Take Comfortable Footwear

\r\nIf you are only able to take one pair of shoes make sure you take your most comfortable pair. The chances are you will be doing a lot of walking and standing, so make sure your shoes are in good condition. Again, you will be able to buy more shoes once you arrive at your destination.\r\n

Prepare for Climate Change

\r\nYou should consider the climate and the weather of your destination too. If you come from a country with a hot climate then you must own lots of shirts, shorts and loose clothes. This is no good for a country that is freezing cold, like Scotland or some parts of Canada. So pack clothes that are suitable for the place you will be living.\r\n

Don’t Forget the Essential Items

\r\nMake sure you have your passport, flight ticket, bank cards and your cash close to you at all times. It also helps to keep details of your new home close too. If you leave these details in your bag and your bag is stolen or lost, you have very little chance of finding your new home. \r\n\r\nIt is important to remember though, do not carry large amounts of cash around with you. Just carry enough to last you a few weeks or until you open a bank account – you should never travel with more than you actually need.\r\n

Leave Room for items from Home

\r\nDo you have pictures of your family, friends or pets? Perhaps you have a special stuffed animal or a DVD box set that reminds you of home? Items such as these can really help cure homesickness and allow you to live life normally in your new home. Don’t take too many though as this can waste too much space.\r\n

Don’t Forget Electrical Items

\r\nYou will probably need your laptop for your studies and you may need your mobile phone to call friends and family. The important thing to remember though is that not every country uses the same style of plug socket. So make sure you remember to pack your travel adapter or else you may run out of power!\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n