5 Things Every Student Should Take With Them When Studying Abroad

Posted on 25/05/2018

If you want or are going to study abroad in the near future, I can assure you that it will be the most memorable and lasting experience of your life. Studying abroad is an amazing experience which will bring you full of rich memories, new friends but also, you will be confronted with any type of challenges. All these sweet adventures will make yourself grow and gain self-esteem.

But before leaving, find out from your airline how many bags you can take- the check baggage allowance- without having to pay an extra price- they are called fees. Normally you can take 1 or 2 suitcases in addition to your carry-on luggage. Moreover, there is also the Amazon Global Shipping, which with your new address you can get the basics items or larger items online!

Pay attention to this if you are taking any prescription medication, take it with you! Make sure to bring enough supply for your entire stay abroad- if you buy the medication abroad it can be more expensive.

So now, let’s see which are the five indispensable things that you should bring with you when studying abroad:

Hometown food

Leaving home to study abroad can be very difficult and talking about food, you will feel nostalgic. So, if you want to avoid the struggle of searching in stores for your hometown food, or buying them for a very expensive price… You should make a list of the crucial ones- be very selective since you will most probably have the right to pack 1 suitcase!

Moreover, it’s a good way to taste your hometown food to your future friends and roommates.

Clothes

The first thing to do is to check out the weather of the country you’re going to, pack wisely!  You can bring formal and informal clothes. And don’t forget that abroad you will do many laundries, so organize yourself to pack as if you were going for 2-3 weeks.

In case you are going to study during winter, most probably you will struggle to pack all the necessary winter closes in your suitcase… Don’t panic! You can use the compression bags! These bags are miraculous: squeezing the air out of clothes, giving you more room in the suitcase. Check out this short video that explains to you how it works.

Memories

Certainty you want to bring with you some personal items, like photos, posters, fairy lights and others things that remind your home and which can be used to decorate your new room. Don’t leave these small things out if they mean something to you. Moving abroad is all about making yourself comfortable in your new environment, you will feel less homesick

Gadgets!

The most important ones are the laptop, tablet and a portable battery as they are essentials for university life. You can also bring your camera (along with its memory cards and charger) in order to capture memories in the country you are going to. Moreover, it can be useful to buy a universal adaptor, which has four USB ports and super quick charging capabilities.

Bring your laundry bag!

This can be logical but many students forget to bring it! If you are going to share an apartment, the laundry bag will serve you in order to have a more organized and clean bedroom. Make sure you put your name in it.

LEAVE THE BLING! If you aren’t prepared to lose your pricey watches and jewellery, don’t pack them.

Leave breathing room: it’s very important to leave room in your suitcase in case you would like to bring some souvenirs from the country you are going to study.

Last but not least, check out the following tips for packing and travelling:

That’s all folks! I hope these top 5 and extra-advice will help you to be less lost when it will be the time of packing! Let me know your thoughts!

Written by
Aïna Centeno
Since I was young I have been a proactive person, had the opportunity to live in different countries which allowed me to discover various cultures. Consequently, I felt deeply interested in better understanding our world; therefore I am currently studying International Relations in Blanquerna Ramon Llull University. Simultaneously with my degree I engaged in different projects led by young people to keep learning and to improve myself everyday.