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Things to Carry while you study abroad as an International student

posted 27 Jan 2013, 06:38 by Manish Abraham   [ updated 1 Feb 2013, 02:51 ]

Since you are here you may be planning to study abroad, I thought of making a checklist and give you a bit of personal experience of my time I have spent abroad.

I am Manish Abraham and I have studied in England and Europe and this is my personal list of things that i would recommend to carry , if you like it please like the Facebook page, if you want to read some tips please click here. 

Things to carry

Pictures - Bring pictures of family and friends that you can look at whenever you get homesick.

No need to carry an International Sim -     Reason most of the countries the sim cards are given for free of charge and also activated immediately and please take a package of free minutes like for 10 euro I get 1000 mins 1000 sms and 2 GB internet free. You may think that you could call normally but take care that the call rates per minute is very high.

    Secondly try and use the WiFi , most of the areas have public free WiFi and you can always stay in touch for free with apps like Whats app, Viber, Tango, Re-betel. One of the app that I like the most is Local phone I can call any country in the world using my phone and rates are also cheap.

Carry a set of Traditional Dress-     Since you will be representing your country you will get an opportunity to showcase you country in various events so a set of traditional dress is advisable.

Carry a good Camera –     You will get so many opportunities to see so many new things it would be advised that you keep the memories saved. You can also buy a camera in Europe but carry something to take pictures of first few weeks.

The things to pack

     Important documents (passport, visa, itinerary, plane tickets, etc.).

General Items-     Take travel-size bottles of shampoo, etc with you, but plan to buy the big stuff after you arrive. You normally get everything in Europe and generally many shops are cheaper than even India, Like Spar, Billa, Lidl, Hofer. Hofer is a chain of supermarket which is generally the cheapest, Carry things which you won’t be getting here for example I can get Indian spices here but it is too expensive so I would like to get Indian spices.

  • 100 euro in local currency.
  • Extra eye glasses/contacts, glasses are really expensive carry as many as you can.
  • Backpack (for day trips and daily use) - You should use this as your carry-on so you'll have less luggage.
  • Adapters (changes the shape of the electrical plug).
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Clothing/Shoes (In general pack a week's worth of clothing)

  • Jeans (2-3 pairs)
  • Sweaters/ Hoodies (2-3)
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Underwear
  • Pajamas (2 pair)
  • Warm slippers
  • Socks
  • Swimsuit
  • One set of workout clothes (if you plan to)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Coat/Jacket
  • One/ two nice outfit (dress pants/skirt/dress) for special/formal occasions
  • Decent walking shoes
  • Flip flops (especially for showering at hostels)
  • Warm hat, gloves and scarf (for colder climates)

Toiletries ( You get most of it in europe) 

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable razors (and other shaving supplies)
  • Brush/Comb (and hair ties if you have long hair)
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Over-the-counter medicines (aspirin, anti-diarrhea, anti-nausea, etc.)
  • Nail clippers and nail file
  • Suntan lotion (if going somewhere sunny) [This can be really expensive or hard to find 
  • I recommend packing at least a small bottle.]


  • Alarm clock (though a mobile phone works well too)
  • Small plastic bottles for toiletries for use in your carry-on or while traveling
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Purse
  • Travel books for the region(s) you will visit (these can be found at the places you plan to visit too if you don’t want to haul them around)
  • Umbrella or rain coat
  • Watch
  • Sunglasses
  • Journal– some people suggest writing online, but generally you won’t be able to do that/might not have internet access daily while you’re traveling so having something you can physically write in every day or night is a good idea.
  • Thin lightweight towel (preferably microfiber so that it will dry fast when you’re traveling)
  • Linens, bed sheets, and towels.
  • Sleep-sack/sleeping bag (if you’re planning to do a lot of traveling you may want one)

Please comment and add what you need