The rush of emotions as you’re preparing to embark on an experience of a lifetime can be overwhelming. Not knowing what to expect or, more importantly, how to prepare yourself is probably the hardest task before leaving the country. I was preparing for my three month study abroad program in Italy. However, I was not sure what to pack or how much to pack. This became an issues as I had to considered transporting my luggage through the airports and weight limit.
From experience, I would recommend to pack as light as possible and not to overpack. Yes, ladies, this might be the hardest thing to do. As I’m guilty to say I packed 14 pairs of shoes. Unnecessary? Maybe. Do I regret it? I will when I start packing to go back home. In addition, make sure to have knowledge of the weather in your new country and pack accordingly. Especially if you’re going to a colder place, pack two or more big coats. You will thank me later. Do plenty of research as well on the other countries you will be traveling on your own to.
Remember, you can always buy something you forget. Obviously , pack all of your school supplies. A converter is essential. Ladies make sure your hair curler/straightener can take up to 240 Volts as it is possible to melt your appliances if it doesn’t meet this maximum. One thing I wish I had packed more of is my favorite snacks. You will be surprise how different the snacks are in another country. Overall, be prepared for anything and have an open mind about the culture and food. Most importantly just embrace this once in a life time journey. It’s worth it!
P.s Jet-lag is a serious condition!