Let’s talk packing.
I’m not sure anyone really loves packing. And if you do, well feel free to come visit me the next time I’m preparing to pack ;)
After a semester abroad, and traveling somewhere every weekend, I got prettyyyyy good at packing if I do say so myself. However, it’s a totally different game when you’re packing for 3 months. I’m used to packing for a year at school and through everything in bins and packing as much as I can in 2 cars. However, going abroad is a totally different game, you have to fit everything in 2 suitcases and 2 carry ons. It sounded like an impossible task.
As an obsessive over packer, it was a hard quest to conquer.
- I highly suggest bringing shower shoes, and not just to wear in your dorm/ housing. You're going to want to bring them when you go on weekend trips when you stay in hostels/hotels!
- Bringing pictures and tape to hang on your walls always makes you feel a little closer to home! Print some walgreens before you leave!
- Flashcards are something that I could not find anywhere. I use flashcards to study a lot so I really thankful to have brought some. Remember, it is called studying abroad!
- Bring more comfy clothes than you think! During the week when I was just attending classes I wore a lot of leggings and t-shirts!
- A camera will be your best friend! Take more pictures than you think you should and make sure to get some pictures of you in them! I invested in a nice camera before college and I have used it more than I ever thought I would!
- My white converse were one of my favorite shoes. They go with everything, skirts, dresses, and jeans and were such a staple!
- Small plastic bottles (you can get them at target/drug stores) are perfect for weekend travels to put shampoo and conditioner in!
- I highly suggest limiting the hair straighteners or curlers you bring. I plugged in my straightener my first day and even though I had the right converters it burnt out! From then on out I never even used my straightener on most days. However, if you decide it's essential I suggest buying a cheap straightener or curler there!
- Rain coat. Bring a rain coat. I've had the same one for 4 years now and I love it.
- Small hand sanitizer (like the ones you can get at bath and body works) are perfect to throw in purses!
- favorite shoes for touring
- I love my large navy Long Champ for weekend trips. It's light, packable, and can fit a rain coat and my camera!
What were some of your favorite things you brought abroad?