One of the most difficult things about studying abroad may be planning what to bring. Each program may have different guidelines on what to pack but here are some general travel guidelines on packing:
- The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) publishes guidelines about what can be carried on the plane or checked into luggage. For up-to-date information, visit the FAA website.
- In addition to reviewing the FAA guidelines, please be sure to check with your airline for their specific regulations
- Example packing list
- Pack light – Feedback from students who have gone on study abroad before indicate that they did not use half of what they packed. Particularly on programs where you will be moving around a lot to different cities/hotels, packing light will make life much easier.
- When packing, remember that clothing should be culturally appropriate to your study abroad destination. Inappropriate attire is not only inconsiderate to the host culture; it can make you feel awkward as well and attract unwanted attention. To plan your clothing needs, check with the host country program and guidebooks for advice. The leader of your program should be able to give you tips as well. When in doubt, dress nicer and more conservatively.
- Before packing things such as towels and shampoo, check to see if you can find out what your lodging has on hand and available to you, as this may save you space.
- When packing to leave, there are a few things you should make sure that you have easy access to in your carry-on. Including:
- Everything you would need at the airport – wallet, passport, credit cards and tickets
- Medications —prescription and over-the-counter
- Eyeglasses & contacts
- A change of clothes
- Valuables —such as a laptop, camera, portable music device or jewelry
- Reading material/something to do on the plane
- Contact numbers for International Programs and group leaders
- Money – in U.S. dollars & the currency of your study abroad destination