One thing I would have loved to do when I was younger was to study abroad, but now in my crazy lifestyle that dream is literally just a dream.
If you are considering taking your studying abroad you have probably thought how you could fit your entire life in suitcase, how to stay in touch with your friends and also how you can fund small trips to emerge yourself in the complete lifestyle of the area you are studying abroad.
Today I am sharing some tips for getting organised and ready for your new move abroad
Clothing is an essential item to take with you, the seasoned traveller may be able to take a backpack but if it was me I would find it a completely overwhelming task to choose clothes for a long period of time. Whilst you can always purchase more clothing it is a great idea to do some research into the weather, there is no point packing your summer swimmers if it will snow more than half of your time overseas.
Check the cultural and traditional clothing of the area you are staying at, you will be a part of their community for a period of time. It is also recommended you review their laws as laws change state to state and country to country. Pack your clothes in vacuum bags to save space, but be careful. Just because the clothes are compact, that doesn’t mean they weigh any less.
Smartphones are the one thing that we know that will work with us wherever we decide to study abroad. Switching to an international plan can be easier with capped services through a variety of global providers. Even though you are leaving your home country, you don’t need to leave your nice smartphone behind. There’s a good chance that your phone is only set up for domestic use, but with some carriers you can easily switch to an international plan. Smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, can come in handy for a multitude of reasons while you’re traveling, beyond just being able to call and text home. For instance, you can use translation apps, get directions and more when you use your T-Mobile data plan abroad.
Computer and Internet
For school and personal usage, you will want to bring along your laptop from home. Thankfully, most cities and many rural areas have access to the internet and Wi-Fi. Again, this is something you can research before you leave home. Your host family, dorm or other living arrangement may already have internet set up, but in some cases you may need to buy a router and service on your own. You don’t have to do much to prepare your computer. Just buy an outlet adapter for whatever country you’ll be in (something you’ll need to do for all of your electronics.)
Small items from home may not seem like necessities, but they can provide comfort and familiarity when you’re in a new, foreign location. Take key pieces that spark joy when you are feeling down whether it is your favourite novel, some photos of family and friends or even your favourite comfort item. Consider also packing some items to give new friends on your travels from your home town like chocolates, lollies or even a small token that includes a world known landmark. These items are a small gesture that will be appreciated for years to come.
Packing for studying abroad can be stressful, but with some preparation it can be an organised and practical for your new temporary home. Take time before you leave to learn about your temporary host country and think of all possible scenarios you may need to pack for. Set up as much as you can prior to your visit and prepare to enjoy an unforgettable experience!