The biggest dilemma for international students is what should they bring to study in the UK? The excitement associated with confirming the unconditional offer letter is directly proportional to the dilemma of packing things up. Packing is your first step to the UK.
Studying abroad does not allow you to make regular home visits. Therefore, you must pack very carefully, which is a basic requirement.
- Passport size photos
- CV & References
- University Documents
- Exam Certificate
- Bank Account Details
- Address Book and email contacts
- A map of the UK/The city you are traveling to
- Room Insurance
- Accommodation Contract
Alternatively, you can also bring your driving license. You can also bring a tuberculosis test report in case the authorities require it. You should also bring copies of all these documents. Don’t forget to label your complete address and phone number on your luggage.
What type of weather will you be studying abroad in?
Going to a place with four different seasons is very different from studying abroad in one climate, so the next factor you should weigh is the type(s) of weather you’ll experience.
The climate of the place where you study abroad will determine what you need to pack, so don’t underestimate this. Please also keep in mind that if your study abroad location is in a different hemisphere, the seasons are reversed. Far away from Chile in July, looking forward to warmth.
How much luggage are you bringing to study abroad?
Every airline has different baggage requirements, so be sure to check carefully. Even if your airline allows two pieces of checked baggage and one piece of carry-on baggage, do you really want to carry all of this baggage? Just because you can bring it doesn’t mean you should. Decide in advance how many things you really want to bring, and then stick to it. Two 50-pound bags don’t look like much until you walk through Heathrow Airport with them!
With all of these factors said, it’s time to start packing. These are basic guidelines to follow and can be tweaked to fit your needs/study abroad location, so don’t be afraid to get creative with this and tailor it.
Clothes to pack for study abroad
- All of your standard shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, and other go-to clothes
- More underwear + socks = less laundry
- Bathing suit
- Comfy but classy travel clothes (leggings, sweaters, etc.)
- At least one nice outfit and one pair of nice shoes
- Comfortable shoes for walking in the sun, rain, snow, etc.
- Flip flops to use as shower shoes in hostels
- Workout clothes and shoes to keep off the study abroad 15
- Jacket for chillier weather – it gets cold even in the desert at night.
Toiletries to pack for study abroad
- Travel-size shampoo + conditioner + body wash (buy more when you arrive. Get these refillable GoToobs so you can use them for weekend travel too)
- Cosmetics + lotions
- Toothbrush + toothpaste + floss
- Feminine products
- Medications or prescriptions
Electronics to pack for study abroad
- Mobile device + charger
- Laptop + charger + padded case
- Power adapters
- E-reader for long trips
- Portable power bank
Miscellaneous to pack for study abroad
- Passport + visa (if applicable)
- Travel medical insurance (FYI – some visas require proof of insurance)
- Student ID, driver’s license, and any other identifications
- Copies of your passport + visa + IDs
- A gift from home for your host family
- A small backpack for day trips
- Cross-body purse or secure wristlet to prevent theft
- Small lock for hostel lockers
Tools to help you pack for study abroad
- Portable luggage scale (so you don’t get hit with overweight baggage fees)
- Space bags (go for the no-vacuum-required ones)
- Small lock for any zippers on your bags
- Luggage tag + ribbon/something to help identify your suitcase at baggage claim
Now that we’ve covered the basics for what to pack for study abroad. There are a lot of things that the first-time study abroad brings that are totally unnecessary, and we want to help you save as much of that precious luggage space as possible.
Studying in the UK can be an incredible experience. If you take the time to research, meet other people and check everything carefully, you may have one of the most life-changing experiences in your life. It may be difficult for you at first, but if you are passionate about studying in the UK, go for it! You will not regret it. We are very happy that you have chosen our website to help you with your study abroad journey in the UK, and we hope you enjoy great adventures in the future!
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