A lot of students—girls especially (sorry girls!)—tend to think it is necessary to bring everything they own on their study abroad adventure. I can tell you from first-hand experience that it’s not necessary! There is no use showing up to the airport in a foreign country with five suitcases when you only have two hands.
So, here are my top 5 packing tips for all of you adventurers out there!
When I was getting ready to study abroad in Paris, it didn’t really occur to me that I would actually have to head off to a foreign country all on my own. It wasn’t until I found myself on a plane in late August that the reality of what I was about to do really hit me – and I began to panic a little as the questions raced through my mind:
Would I make friends? Would I have to explore Paris by myself for four months? What if I ended up traveling alone?
I returned from studying abroad in Paris with a suitcase 20 pounds over the weight limit and a hefty overage charge of 200 euros (not recommended).
Studying abroad in Spain had been a dream of mine since learning about tapas, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia and bullfights in my high school Spanish classes. When the time came in college to apply for a program, I was more than ready!
I chose a program in Alcalá de Henares (a city about 30 minutes from Madrid and the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote) which was a great fit for my Spanish Literature focus.