What Should I Bring When I Study Abroad?

If you are thinking about studying abroad at any point during your college experience, packing the right essentials is crucial. Since you won’t be able to bring everything you would normally bring to your dorm room, suitcase space is vital. Before you get on the plane, make sure you have the following packed!

Universal Adapters

Outlets may change from country to country, so your phone or laptop chargers may not be able to fit. A universal adapter can be purchased before you leave and will be able to work with any outlet. It will have at least two USB ports, perfect for your phone, iPod, e-reader or watch charger.

Toiletries & Snacks

If you have a favorite brand of shampoo or deodorant, pack travel-size containers of each. Your favorite brand may not be available where you are studying, and a travel size can help keep you clean while you search for something similar. Likewise, your favorite snack food may not be available in your new home country. Pack a box or bag of your favorite snack that meets travel regulations for when you start to feel homesick.

Appropriate Clothing & Shoes

Chances are, you won’t be able to go home to do a clothing switch partway through your semester, and buying a whole new wardrobe overseas can break your student budget. Make sure you pack weather and culturally-appropriate clothing, including pants, long skirts, light jackets and a heavier coat for winter. A scarf is also considered appropriate for visiting certain landmarks or countries. You’ll be doing a lot of walking as you explore new areas, and bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes will prevent blisters and other injuries.

E-reader

You’re going to need something to keep you entertained on long train or bus rides, and space will be tight enough without trying to fit a few heavy books into your suitcase or backpack. An e-reader like the Kindle or Nook is lightweight, compact and can hold books for fun, guidebooks and school books.

Student Storage & Shipping in Boston

If you are looking for a place to keep your things near your school during your semester abroad, contact OnDemand Storage today! We offer student storage at schools across the East Coast of the United States. If you forgot something at home or in your storage unit, we provide shipping! OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.