How to Pack Like a Pro

Programs for this blog post

Middle East Studies

Authored By:

Elysse G.

Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience, but it can also be overwhelming to pack for an extended stay in a foreign country. Here's a packing list for studying abroad to help you prepare for your adventure:

1. Clothing

  • Comfortable, casual clothing for everyday wear
  • Formal attire for special events or presentations
  • Seasonal clothing appropriate for your destination's climate
  • Rain gear, including a waterproof jacket and umbrella
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Swimsuit and beachwear (if applicable)


2. Electronics

  • Laptop or tablet with appropriate charging cords
  • Universal adapter for charging your devices abroad
  • Portable charger or extra battery
  • Camera or smartphone with a good camera for capturing memories


3. Toiletries and Personal Care

  • Toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste
  • Prescriptions and any necessary medication
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Travel-sized first aid kit
  • Contact lenses, glasses, or extra prescription eyeglasses
  • Feminine hygiene products (if applicable)


4. Travel Documents

  • Passport with at least six months of validity remaining
  • Visa, if applicable
  • Boarding pass and flight information
  • Insurance information
  • Student identification card
  • Emergency contact information


5. Miscellaneous Items

  • Backpack or messenger bag for carrying your belongings
  • Travel-sized laundry detergent for washing clothes
  • Travel towel for trips to the beach or gym
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Small lock for securing your belongings
  • Any textbooks or required reading materials for your program


Remember, when studying abroad, it's best to pack light and be prepared for unexpected weather or cultural differences. Check with your program or host institution for any specific packing recommendations or restrictions, and don't forget to leave room in your luggage for souvenirs and other items you might bring home with you at the end of your travels!