Don’t Study Abroad Naked, Use This Packing List

Jessica Dante

Guest post by Jessica Dante of The Abroad Guide.

In my opinion, the toughest part about studying abroad was not the extra work I had to put in to get accepted to my dream program, or having to work full time for the entire summer before I went abroad. It was the packing!

Two days before I was leaving for Belgium, I was staring at my empty suitcases and realized that I had no idea what to pack.

After a semester abroad and a year of working with study abroad students in Italy, I’ve been able to compile a comprehensive study abroad packing list for all of you future abroad-ers.

The most important thing to remember when packing for study abroad is that you don’t need to bring everything. Your study abroad destination will have stores and supermarkets. If you forget to pack something, you should be able to find it fairly easily.


Study abroad shopping



Leave most of your toiletries at home and purchase them when you’re abroad, unless you have specific brands that you must use. Bring sample sizes for your first couple of days, then hit a local supermarket for the rest. Watch this video if you’re still wondering how to pack toiletries.


International power adapters

What You Won’t Need

Is there anything else that you plan on bringing to your study abroad destination? Do you want to bring something but you’re not sure if you’ll need it? Ask in the comments and we’ll help you out!

Editor’s Note: When you’re headed abroad for a week, a semester, or a year, you’ll need luggage that’s ready for an adventure. Find out how to bring everything you need without checking a bag using the Tortuga Travel Backpack, the ultimate study abroad backpack.

About the Author: Jessica Dante realized that she was born to travel while studying abroad in Belgium during her junior year of college. Her travel experiences since then include volunteering in Nicaragua, backpacking through Europe, and a year-long adventure in Italy. In addition to being a freelance blogger and social media pro, she is the creator of The Abroad Guide, a blog that helps American students make the most of their study abroad experience.

Photos: AFS USA, London College of Fashion, Judit Klein