One late evening January 3rd this year (2018) I was frantically jumping on my suitcase to get it to close. I was going on an exchange trip with the Erasmus program and I was terrified of not bringing with me enough stuff. I had packet one large suitcase, one large duffel bag and a medium sized backpack.
Now, after 4 months and a trip back home during Easter I realize that I probably over packed and could have saved myself a lot of stress. So I thought I’d make a post for all you other students thinking of studying abroad during your studies.
- I am in a long distance relationship, meaning I fly a lot. This has given me a silver membership with SAS which gives me an extra luggage to check in with every trip in addition to the one luggage I pay for on my ticket. Keep in mind that an extra luggage will probably cost more money. I’ve made the main list for 1 suitcase and a larger carry-on and an additional list if you have more room/an extra suitcase.
- My stay was only for the spring semester in the UK, if you are going somewhere for a longer duration or somewhere hotter/colder – keep that in mind!
- One larger and warmer jacket for January until March/April
- One coat for milder days
- A light jacket: denim/bomber*
- 4 T-shirts
- 3 Tank tops
- 4 Knit/warmer sweaters
- 4 lighter sweaters
- 2 cardigans
- 1 hoodie
- 4 Trousers (this depends on if you like jeans or other types of trousers the best)
- 2 Sweatpants/leggings/yoga pants for lazy days
- 2 shorts*
- 2 skirts
- 2 Casual dresses (increase/decrease depending on how much you wear casual dresses)
- 3 Outfits for going out you enjoy and can mix and match
- 1 Dinner/formal outfit (just in case)
- As many sports bras/tops/trousers as days you workout
- 1 Pair gym shoes
- Underwear and socks for 2 weeks
- Warm leggings and socks for the colder months
- 1 Swimming costume*
- 1 Pair sneakers
- 1 Pair ballerina shoes
- 1 Pair hiking/winter boots
- 1 Pair heeled boots
- 1 Pair going out heels
- 1 Pair sandals*
- 1 Pair rain boots**
- 1 Scarf
- 1 Beanie
- 1 Pair of gloves
- 1 Pair sunglasses
- 2 Purses
- 2 Tote bags
- Shower gel
- Face creams
- Make up
- Nail polish/remover
- Face wash
- All kinds of medication you have a prescription on (medicine, birth control, etc)****
- 2 Adapters if the country you’re traveling to has a different plug than yours
- 1 Phone charger
- CAMERA/charger(you’ll regret not bringing it if you have one)
For your room*****:
- 1 Large towel
- 1 Medium towel
- 1 Face towel
- 1 Set of bedding
- 1 Blanket
- 1 Fork
- 1 Knife
- 1 Spoon
- 1 Bowl
- Teddy bear if you want to bring something for homesickness
- 1 Book
- 1 Phone charger
- 1 Adapter
- 1 Water bottle
- Portable charger/s
- Your laptop/charger
- Exchange documents
- Travel insurance
- Credit cards******
- Plane ticket
- Non-passport ID
- List of your exchange uni information (cell number and contact person)
- Local emergency currency
*If you are visiting home before the weather becomes warmer you can switch out your warmer clothes with this and not bring it all at once.
**Recommended if you’re going somewhere rainy and don’t have water resistance boots.
***I recommend you take with you what you have at home so not to waste it because you can buy all that at your exchange country.
****Make sure you collect the amount of prescription medication you need for your whole stay and documents to validate your usage of them if needed.
*****Some unis have deals where you can order room/bathroom/kitchen packages that will be in your room at your arrival – do some research to see if it will be worth it.
******I recommend bringing an extra credit card for another account or the same to store in your room in case you lose your wallet at some point. That way you don’t have to go days(maybe weeks) without cash because you need to wait for your new one.
I hope this will help all of you who are going on exchange, and of course I hope you have a good trip!
Let me know if you’re going on exchange and if you use the list! And if you’ve already been on exchange and disagree/agree I’d love to hear your opinion!