Amidst the locura of preparing to go abroad, it can be easy to forget to pack some of the most essential items. Here is a list of basic must-have items to bring for a semester overseas. Remember- the less you bring, the easier your life will be when you arrive to your temporary home!

*If you are like me, you are probably going to do some shopping while you’re abroad. Make sure you have extra room in your suitcase to bring new items back with you!

Electronics:

  • Chargers (Laptop, Cellphone, Camera, etc.)
  • Laptop
  • Cellphone
  • Camera
  • Memory cards
  • External Hard drive
  • Earbuds/Headphones

Clothes~ Tops:

  • Casual shirts/T-shirts (5)
  • Long-sleeved Shirts (3-4)
  • Dress Shirts (3)
  • Winter Coat (1)
  • Sweaters (3)
  • Light-weight Jackets (2)
  • Rain Jacket (1)

Clothes~ Bottoms/Dresses:

  • Jeans (4)
  • Leggings (5)
  • Dress skirt (1)
  • Going-out Dresses (2)
  • Little Black Dress
  • Casual Dresses (3)
  • Sweat Pants (3)

Shoes:

  • Sneakers (1) (I chose white Pumas that will go with everything!)
  • Flats (1) (Click here to purchase foldable travel-friendly flats)
  • Boots/Booties (2-3)
  • Rain-shoes (1)
  • Sandals (2, depending on climate)
  • Heels (1)

Intimates:

  • Sleep Shirts (2)
  • Pajama Pants (1)
  • Slippers (1)
  • Bras (3)
  •  Sports Bra (1)
  • Bandau (1)
  • Underwear (14)
  • Socks (14)
  • Swimsuit (1)
  • Swimsuit Cover-up (1)

Accessories:

  • Scarf (1)
  • Hat/Earmuffs (2)
  • Gloves (1)
  • Earrings (5 pairs)
  • Necklaces (5)
  • Watch (1)
  • Sunglasses (2-3)
  • Backpack (1)
  • Purse (I recommend a small cross-body bag)
  • Wallet
  • Carry-on bag/luggage (1)
  • Hair Ties
  • Bobby Pins
  • Headbands/Wraps

Personal Care

*Make sure to pack anything over 3 0z in your check-in luggage

  • Razors
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Steripods/Toothbrush Covers (purchase steripods here)
  •  Shampoo & Conditioner (3 oz)
  • Leave-in Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Body Wash (3 0z)
  • Lotion
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Face Cleanser (3 0z)
  • Facial Wipes
  • Make-Up
  • Perfume (1 rollerball perfume)
  • Self-Tanner
  • Nail Clipper
  • Nail Files
  • Tweezers
  • Brow Shaping Scissors
  • Epilator

Medical:

  • Prescriptions
  • Advil
  • Feminine Products
  •  Bandages
  • Neosporin
  • Chapstick
  •  Air-born
  • Benadryl

Travel Essentials:

  • STUDENT VISA!!!
  • Passport
  • ID/Drivers License
  • Student ID
  • $200 in the country’s currency
  • Debit + Credit Card
  •  Sleeping Mask
  • Travel Blanket/Pillow
  • Sketchbook/Journal

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