For many students, the idea of fitting their entire lives into just a few bags is more daunting than the idea of living in a new country. Of course, you want to start your great new adventure abroad with as many of the comforts of home as possible. Let’s face it, we all enjoy an endless selection of clothes, shoes, music, TV and accessories available whenever we want them and the idea of leaving all of this behind seems impossible. But the reality is that packing smart while having plenty of options is possible- and we promise that you will be glad that you did (navigating a new airport is easier done without the DVR in tow)! Here are a few tips to make the transition easier and your suitcase lighter:
Pick your favorites
If you haven’t worn that shirt in 3 years, you’re probably not going to start now. Make 3 piles of clothes before you pack: Pile 1- absolutely can’t live without, Pile 2-might be able to live without and Pile 3- keep around but don’t know why. If you can get all of Pile 1 into the suitcase with room to spare then you are on to the next pile! Bring comfortable shoes that are good for walking on all kinds of surfaces. Cobblestone streets and heels don’t mix well!
One of the hardest parts about packing for a semester is that you might be seeing two different seasons. Bring clothes that are lightweight and easy to layer so that you can change with the seasons without packing too different wardrobes.
Bring enough toiletries to last you a couple of weeks. These items take up more room than you might expect and almost everything can be bought there once you get settled in. Small appliances like a hair dryer are also easily purchased locally and are much less likely to blow a fuse. A travel size set is perfect to get you started!
Choose a large suitcase with wheels and a carry on that you can wear on your back or across your chest. This will give you optimal mobility and ease through the airport and you’ll still have an extra hand free to get out that passport!
Bring a small case with DVDs or load movies onto your computer if you are bringing a laptop. Picture of your family and friends are great to have around and easy to pack. Hopefully, you will be so busy enjoying and exploring your new city that you won’t even think about that DVR that you had to leave behind!
Need more advice? Contact Kailee, CISabroad Student Advising Coordinator: info(at)cisabroad.com