When I was getting ready to go abroad I had a lot of questions. What do I pack? What can I afford to leave at home? How much should I bring? How much is too much? If you aren’t sure and you can buy one across the pond, you should just leave it at home. Read on!
- OTC cold medicine. Meds are different and you’ll never understand what you’re buying. And you’ll probably, no you will, get sick.
- Get any prescriptions filled for the entire three months beforehand so you don’t run out of anything you need.
- Ladies: Invest in a cross body purse. It’s easier to keep track of in crowds. Keep your guard up though, always.
- Start out with travel size toiletries and buy normal sized toiletries when you get there. It’s not worth lugging heavy shampoo across the ocean. Trust me. I did it. It was a waste of luggage weight and space.
- Buy a suitcase lock. Just in case. I used mine on my purse in Paris.
- A backpack. Good for bringing groceries home, hauling laundry around, and traveling.
- One or two reusable grocery bags. Also good for groceries. Or, makeshift laundry bags in a pinch. I ended up buying some when I already had a ton at home.
- A reusable water bottle. Bottled water can get expensive.
- A fleece blanket. Good for plane/train/bus rides and cozying up on the couch in the flat.
- A laundry bag. You definitely will have to haul your laundry to the washing machine.
- Batteries. They’re the same everywhere!
- Towels. Don’t wait until you’re there to get some. An overseas flight will have you feeling grimy and a towel is necessary.
- Ear plugs. So your roommates don’t disturb your slumber.
- A few Command hooks. Instant purse/towel/coat/hat/bag/clothing storage.
- Headphones (for Skyping, at least).
- Comfortable shoes. I can’t say this enough. Your feet, legs, and back will thank you. You’ll do lots of walking no matter what.
- A power adapter – don’t go cheap though. I spent 4 months getting shocked in my ear canals using headphones on my computer to Skype, plugged in with my crappy adapter.
- A battery powered alarm clock. Don’t bring one from the US to plug into your adapter. It’ll blow. Literally.
- A nice umbrella. It’s worth the investment. Galleria makes really nice umbrellas for $20-$30.
- Rain boots. Because rain. And puddles.
- Sunglasses. The sun does come out.
- 3 pairs of jeans MAXIMUM. Wash them every second or third wear, and rotate pairs.
- Clothes you can layer. Short sleeved shirts, cardigans, long sleeved shirts, a hoodie or two. Don’t be afraid to be caught wearing the same outfit twice! Plus, you’ll most likely buy a few things at Primark while you’re there…
- Enough underwear and socks to last two-three weeks, depending on how often you’ll do laundry.
Feel free to leave any questions/additions to this list in the comments! If you like this post, make sure to check out My London Study Abroad Advice as well.