December 6, 2022
The Best Study Abroad Packing List

The Best Study Abroad Packing List

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If you’re planning to study abroad, you’re probably already packing your bag and arranging for travel arrangements. And for good reason. Studying abroad is not only a great opportunity to learn about a culture, but it’s also a great way to immerse yourself in a language.

But where do you begin packing for a semester abroad? How many pairs of pants and T-shirts do you need to pack? And where do you even start? Well, a good place to start is right here.

We’ve listed below the most important study abroad packing list for you.

The Best Study Abroad Packing List

Documents for Travel

Travel documents are probably the most critical item on this list. You’ll want to keep these goods in mind if you forget everything else on your study abroad packing list:

  • Visa and/or passport
  • Photo ID/license driver’s
  • Tickets for flights
  • Proof of medical insurance for travel
  • Cards (credit and debit)
  • The local currency

Almost everything else you’ll need can be bought in your host nation if necessary, but without these documents, you might have trouble even getting out of the airport.


Make sure you learn about the climate and weather in the area where you’ll be staying (and take into account the season you’ll be there). Also, think about where you want to go during your visit.

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Most foreign destinations will necessitate a range of seasonal clothing, such as a warmer jacket, a raincoat, and some type of footwear.

It’s a good idea to include products that can be readily layered, such as:

  • Underwear
  • Tops and Bottoms
  • Sweater or sweatshirt
  • Socks
  • Walking shoes
  • Swimsuit
  • Workout Clothes
  • One or two nicer outfits
  • Coat/jacket
  • Rainwear

Don’t forget to learn about the local culture and customs; you don’t want to disrespect your host country’s citizens by dressing inappropriately.


Even better, bring travel-size toiletries to get you through the first few days of your trip, and then stock up after you’ve settled in.

These are some of the items:

  • Travel-size shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush
  • Glasses/contacts to last the duration of your stay
  • Any prescription medications
  • Emergency kit


Your electronics will be used to record every moment of your study abroad adventure as well as to communicate with the new acquaintances you’ll make. Remember that some appliances have different voltages, so double-check the voltage or get one there before short-circuiting your favorite hair dryer.

The following items should be included in your electronics bag:

  • Outlet adapter/converter
  • Laptop
  • Cellphone
  • Camera and extra memory card
  • Headphones
  • Chargers

Don’t forget to bring your appliance chargers as well as any extra batteries you might require. You don’t want to be scrambling for spare batteries when you really need them!

Other things you might need

You’ll probably want to pack the following items just in case:

Travel/overnight bag
a notepad
Water Bottle

Final thoughts

This ultimate study abroad packing list can come in handy no matter where you go while you’re getting ready to go for your trip. You may always add more, but these essentials will suffice.

Create a personalized packing list for yourself using this list. Add anything else that comes to mind that you can’t imagine not having. Finally, don’t worry if you forget something; you’re not the first or last person to forget something.