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What to pack when studying abroad in Europe

3rd July 2017

It’s done. Decision made. You will be studying abroad for an extended period of time and you are thrilled! You will see new places, meet new people and more importantly learn new things. A truly exciting time but as your departure approaches you realize that fitting an entire wardrobe into a suitcase can be a daunting experience.

There are two ways you can pack for a long haul stay, either you bring a big suitcase with your entire closet or you take just the essentials and buy whatever you feel is missing once you get to your final destination. Remember, over 725 million people live in Europe who have easy access to local stores so no stress if you don’t bring your entire closet. The most important thing to remember when packing for your study abroad is that you don’t need to bring everything. But if you are still unsure then here are few tips and tricks for you!

The basics:

Check the weather before you go to your destination and make sure to bring only what you really need for that season. Bring pieces of clothing that can go from day and night, and that can be layered when the weather gets colder.

*Make sure you leave some extra space in your suitcase for souvenirs.

Electronics:

In the age of smartphones and laptops, it is hard to leave our electronics behind. Don’t be afraid to pack the ones you need for keeping in touch with loved ones back home or those that will help in your studies. Make sure you download any and all Apps that you know will make your experience even better.

*Make sure you bring an international adapter for all your charging needs.

Toiletries:

Leave most of your toiletries at home and purchase them when you are abroad unless you have specific brands that you must use. Bring sample sizes for your first couple of days, and then visit a local supermarket for the rest.

Remember that the first word in study abroad is study! Bring any supplies you need that you will help you have the best and most positive experience. Feeling at ease and not too displaced will allow you to concentrate on the task at hand which is learning.

 

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