The most difficult thing about studying abroad, besides deciding where you want to go, is what you need to pack. How many shoes will you need? Will it be hot or cold? How often does it rain?
The questions are endless when it comes to packing. The easiest solution behind all of this is to do some research. Doing a quick internet search of the climate and what to wear while in your host country could save you a lot of time and a lot of packing space.
One thing that might be helpful will be to pack another suitcase within your first suitcase. Some students find that they come home with more stuff than they leave with. When it comes to bringing home gifts for your friends and family, and finding fun little trinkets in shop alleys in Morocco, you never know how much space you’re going to need. What some students do is that they pack minimally; they pack 14 days worth of clothes in one medium sized suitcase, and then pack that suitcase in a large suitcase. That way, you won’t have to lug around two suitcases when you’re jet-lagged in a new country!
It’s easy to feel like you need to pack your entire closet when you take a trip, whether it is a week-long trip or if you’re studying abroad for a whole semester (or more!). Even when you’re abroad and taking weekend trips, you never know exactly what to pack for each location. You could be in chilly Berlin one day and then basking in Seville in 80 degree weather. You never know exactly what you’re up against when it comes to the weather.
One website we love when it comes to packing lists is Travel Fashion Girl. It has lists for every continent and multiple countries. It’s easy to get swept up in the gloriousness of studying abroad, but follow these easy What to Wear guides, and you’ll never get swept away by piles of luggage again!
The main thing to remember is to not pack too much. You will be the one to carry your suitcase all the way to your dorm or apartment! Also remember that you will have to do laundry abroad. Will you want to pay for two loads every time? If not, try to pack completely dark clothes. Easier to wash, can layer, hide stains…the benefits are many and you won’t have to wash any whites!
For more tips, tricks, and lists of what to pack, visit our packing Pinterest page that is dedicated specifically for packing. Also, while you’re at it, why not check out another one of our blog posts about The Most Important Packing Tip! There’s loads of resources available to you all about packing so make sure you take advantage of them!