What to pack when travelling to study abroad

You are set and ready to go ahead with the next step in the journey towards your chosen educational field, and all you have to do now is pack your bags and rush towards achieving your goal. However, the prospect of getting your essentials packed can always be an arduous task for any first time student travelling abroad, as you are required to put ample thought in to what you should be taking with you when travelling to study abroad. It all comes down to where you will be travelling to, and the environment in which you will be in. Here are some of the factors you need to consider when getting packed to go start your next step in your educational life, and what you should be packing accordingly.

1. The general climate of the country

You must be informed of what sort of weather you will be dealing with in your chosen country, as some countries will either undergo the four seasons, fluctuating climates or have constant weather around the year. Therefore it is crucial to be equipped with the right set of clothing and gear to get to you through the weather.

2. The neighborhood societal norms

Certain cultures of a number of countries adhere to specific societal norms which need to be respected by newcomers to the area. Wearing clothes which are not appropriated for the neighborhood you are in may not be wise, therefore research on the country’s cultural norms before choosing your attire.

3. Accessibility for resources

Get to know how urban the region you are to stay in would be in order to make sure you have access to all the necessary resources. In the instance where your living quarters are at a considerable distance far from the nearest town, you may need to pack a convenient amount of goods you will need for the next three to four months while studying abroad.

Things to pack for study abroad

Now that you are aware of how your living conditions are going to be, it is time to decide on what items you need to take with you when travelling abroad for your studies. Here is a list of essentials that you must be equipped with once you arrive at your destination.


  • Standard clothing with minimal prints
  • Ample amounts of underwear
  • Comfortable travelling clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • A pair of flip flops
  • A set of winter clothes


  • One toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Essential medicines and their prescriptions
  • Sunscreen
  • Pads/tampons for a month (for the ladies)
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Anti-allergens
  • Hand sanitizers

Electronic items

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Laptop and charger
  • Two international power adapters
  • A power bank
  • Digital camera
  • E-reader and charger
  • USB sticks and memory cards

Miscellaneous Items

  • Passport, student visa and travel documents
  • Travel health insurance documents
  • Personal identification documents (e.g. student ID)
  • Backpack
  • Spectacles, contact lenses (if required) and sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag
  • Padlocks and keys for luggage and lockers
  • A wallet or purse
  • Essential ccessories and jewellery (nothing too expensive)

Gathering all your essentials for a stay abroad, especially when travelling to study, needs a lot of thought put in as you are staying miles away from your home for months at a stretch where you are bound to be living in a completely different environment from what you used to live in. Therefore it is important that you get yourself ready with a bare minimum of items which are most important to you when travelling.

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