What Not To Bring When You Study Abroad

One of the hardest parts about the decision to study abroad is what needs to be brought to your new home. There are endless lists online of what every nifty traveller should pack, but it is difficult to find a guide that is location-specific. Here is what we think you should NOT bring on your study abroad. 

1. CHECK YOUR DESTINATION'S CLIMATE

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If you are heading to Spain, the wintery clothing of Iceland probably isn’t necessary. Bring clothing that layers because you will not be adjusted to the new temperature for a proportion of your trip.

2. ELECTRONICS AND CABLES

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Different countries have different power outlets, so its's possible that your electronics may not work in another country without an adapter. What most people forget is that each country uses a different voltage, and that can short your adaptor, therefore shorting your cables, hairdryers, etc. If you are moving abroad long term, it may be an idea to purchase chargers, cables, and hair appliances from that country.

3. BEDDING AND OTHER ROOM ACCESSORIES

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Accessories such as bed sheets, duvets, and mattress covers can be left behind (with the exception of at least one pair of sheets to get you through). These are all necessities that can be bought in your new country and would just take up too much space in your luggage.

4. TOO MANY SHOES

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As cliché as it sounds, this weighs down luggage more than anything else, and depending on the type of terrain and activities your country has, it's more logical to purchase hiking boots, heels for special occasions, and winter boots in your new city.

5. TOILETRIES OR THE BASICS

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Unless you are moving to an expensive country, these can all be bought in your new country. Check to make sure that you can purchase your most loved products in your new city online. Do your best to leave behind all soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, etc. However, you should pack travel-sized toiletries to ensure you have time to get to the store in your new country.

6. TOO MANY SUITCASES

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You will probably not need more than two normal-sized suitcases and one small one (hand-luggage size). If you are studying abroad for a semester only, one normal size suitcase is all that is needed. If you plan to bring multiple suitcases keep in mind that you will have to also get them back, including all the new items bought on your study abroad. 

Our general advice is to pack reasonably light for your study abroad, whether it be for one semester or three years. If you are studying in the UK, you will be able to buy a lot of the basic things that you might need from supermarkets or discount stores, such as the Poundland or Savers. Travelling with heavy suitcases can be problematic and expensive, particularly if you are flying with a budget airline so if possible speak to a current student who is studying abroad at your university, or the university themselves, about what to bring.

Further Reading

Read Kelsi guide to Packing Like A Pro. Kelsi is an American student who studied abroad in Ireland at Maynooth University.

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