1 Suitcase + 1 cabin luggage + 1 Year = Study Abroad Packing List

February 19, 2018 Dr Hemang Raval

The Ultimate Study Abroad Packing List

Packing List


Packing – no longer the most daunting study abroad task.

I know students want a detailed packing list, and we all get annoyed when someone says “it’s common sense”. So I’ve put together everything I thought you could possibly want or need when you study abroad. (I’ve tried to adapt it for everyone, both guys and girls.) I wouldn’t expect you to pack everything below, so use your own discretion.  At least with this list in front of you, you won’t forget something you really wanted to bring. Feel free to print out this post and use it as your complete guide on how to pack when you’re studying abroad!

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Study Abroad Packing List – Clothing

  • Underwear (two week’s worth)
  • Socks (two week’s worth plus a pair or two of wool socks)
  • Undershirts
  • Thermal underwear
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sweatshirt/ hoodie (2-3)
  • Sweaters
  • Jeans/ Khakis (2-3 pair)
  • Shorts
  • A belt or two
  • Skirts (for the girls)
  • A set or two of workout clothes
  • Pajamas
  • Coat/Jacket (for cold weather)
  • At least one nice outfit for formal occasions*
  • Flip flops(Slippers)/ sandals of some sort (good if you’re going to a warm climate, but also good for the hostel)
  • Sneakers/ dress shoes/ boots/ rain boots*
  • Cold weather gear (i.e. gloves/ mittens, hat, scarf)
  • College Bag

Study Abroad Packing List – Toiletries*:

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Deodorant*
  • Feminine Products (one month’s worth – should go without saying you don’t want to be stuck without those)
  • Brush/Comb
  • Razors/ other shaving supplies
  • Contact lenses and solution or Spectacles extra pair
  • Nail clippers
  • Makeup for Girls*
  • Over-the-counter medicines

Study Abroad Packing List – Extras

  • $300 in local currency
  • Purse/ wallet
  • Important documents (passport, visa, itinerary, plane tickets, etc.)
  • Sunglasses/extra eye glasses/contacts
  • Laptop and charger (don’t forget, you’ll need an outlet adapter for the plug on your charger to work)
  • Bath towels*
  • Enough prescription drugs for the length of your stay (You need to make sure you are allowed to bring them into the country and that you have documentation, either the prescription or a doctor’s note)

*As per individual needs

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below and I’ll get back to you!