Deciding what to take while moving to a new place is a balancing act of space and money. Sure, it’s easier to move with carry-on luggage only, but you’ll spend a fortune replacing all of your stuff. And if you bring too much without doing research, you’ll waste money shipping things you won’t use, don’t have room for, or could have cheaply replaced in your new home. Therefore, it is vital that you go through a few tips and tricks given below!
The essentials you pack while travelling abroad can be divided into three categories:
Practical items are anything you use in routine. It can be charging cables, clothes, medicine, etc. They should be arranged and available to use from the very first day.
Legal items are essentials like insurance policies and tenant cards. This includes any certificates you need while entering a new nation lawfully. That means passports and copies of our visa paperwork.
Sentimental items are those which you want to bring on your brand-new journey. Although you left most of your emotional stuff with family, you pack over a few pieces to personalize your new place.
So, where do you start? It is not wise to delay packing . You don’t want to be panicking at the last minute packing when you should be spending time with your family and friends.
Clothes are essential but space-consuming item at the same time. To keep your bags safe from getting too full, go through your closet, and seek answers to these questions:
- Is this a thing I can still wear?
- Will this be practical in a new place?
So just relax and consider what you truly want/ desire/ are fond of. Consider the weather of the place you are moving to. If it’s winter, keep something to warm you up, pleasant and comfortable. You can check on the following list:
- Night-wear clothing
- Casual clothing with shorts, t-shirts, jeans.
- Winter suites and sweaters
- Party wears
- Casual wears
- Formal wears
- Gym wears
Tip: Always have something smart in case you will be going for a job interview or anything like a university event, conference, etc.
Passport & Visa
You won’t be able to manage without these two are these are the most crucial documents to fly overseas. So always keep your entry documents handy with you.
Other Legal Documents
Let’s just go through some more legal documents you should carry while going abroad for studies. These documents should, hopefully, be well kept.
- Birth certificates
- Insurance policies
- University enrolment papers
- Medical Certificates
- Accommodation contract
- Bank details along with bank statement
- Medical prescription
- Passport size photos
Tip: To ensure the maximum safety of the documents, use a lock file, and organize it properly.
Electrical items are essential at the same time, costly if you are thinking of buying them all brand new. Equipment like hairdryer, straightener, charging cables, USB sticks, headphones/earphones, compact speakers, laptop, laptop charger, a power bank in case of emergency, etc., etc the list can go on. Start making the list of all the essentials, and remember to pack them beforehand. These electrical items will surely bring ease and comfort to your academic life abroad.
Let’s just begin by confirming what all kitchen essentials your accommodation provides. Most student accommodation have fully equipped communal kitchens. Have a word with the property about it, and you can avoid buying things that are already provided there. You could grab some extra cutlery and utensils if you would prefer to use your own but buy these in the country you are studying.
After a busy day at your university, the bedroom is the place you seek peace in. So making your bedroom feel like home is a great idea.
While your accommodation might have a basic furnished bedroom, including a bed, a study table, and a chair, you can always use some sentimental items to add a personal touch to your bedroom. It can be a family picture or any handmade greeting from your friends.
Tip: Ask about the bed size, and availability of bedding packs.
If you have an emotional connection with your coffee mug, or any other item don’t forget to carry it along? Remember to include these sentimental pieces on your packing checklist.
So these are a few essentials you luggage should include while flying abroad. But in case you forget to carry any, don’t panic- You can always buy them up from the stores nearby your housing right after your arrival.
Many thanks to our colleagues at AmberStudent for producing this informative blog for us. Amber Student help students find accommodation in countries around the world.