The ultimate packing guide for students moving abroad

The ultimate packing guide for students moving abroad

Posted in Study Abroad on Jul 30, 2021 by

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Attending university overseas may be a frightening and intimidating journey. Getting things organized might be overwhelming, but it's important to be prepared for the days ahead.

You might have booked your flight tickets and picked your student accommodation. Now, it’s critical to make sure you have everything you'll need organized and ready to go. You need to ensure your packing is smart and efficient because the last thing you want to happen is to forget something important like your passport in your own nation!

Let us shed some insight on what should be on your study abroad packing list and what you should leave behind in this article.

But before we get into that let's look at some packing suggestions that will help you pack like an expert.

  • First and foremost, learn about the luggage limitations of the airline with whom you will be flying.

  • Arrange your baggage carefully based on the information above. Your suitcase should be lightweight and big enough to accommodate all of your belongings.

  • Pick a good suitcase with four wheels or a wheeled bag that will be easier to handle in airports. Make sure you include a tag or an item to identify your luggage.

  • Keep all the important paperwork in one convenient location, including what you'll need on the date of your arrival. Vacuum bags allow you to cram more items into the very same area. Make sure you use a lock to secure all of your luggage's zippers.

  • Gain knowledge on how to use limited rooms to store more items by watching some smart-packing tutorials on the internet.

  • Keep the items you'll need on the trip or when you arrive in the host nation in your carry-on luggage.

Study Abroad Packing List

If you've thought about the points above, you should have a good sense of what you ought to bring.

We've put together a helpful study abroad checklist and recommendations below so you'll know precisely what to carry on your amazing new journey overseas.

Follow these steps to make the move between nations a little simpler.

1. Clothes


This is self-evident, but make sure you read up on the climatic conditions and culture of the community where your chosen university is located, and prepare appropriately.

Carry only the essentials and avoid overpacking. In some student housing options in Coventry and Edinburgh, students are given basic kitchen and cleaning supplies. So, check your inventory before travelling so that you don’t carry anything extra.

  • T-shirts, trousers, shirts, skirts, and other casual clothing
  • Underwear and socks for two weeks
  • A jacket and a weatherproof coat
  • Slippers
  • At Least one going out outfit
  • Workout attire
  • Sports shoes
  • 2 hooded sweatshirts
  • Shorts
  • Belts
  • Cold-weather clothing (if needed)

2. Toiletries

To save having to go shopping for toiletries the moment you get to your host country, pack a couple of days' worth of supplies.

  • Shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel in travel-size bottles
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Contraception methods
  • Any prescriptions or medications
  • Fragrance
  • Nail clippers
  • Makeup
  • Shaving razors and shaving cream

3. Electronic equipment:

  • Charger and smartphone
  • Charger and laptop
  • Charger adapter
  • Adapter for sockets

4. Legal documents

Every nation has its unique set of entry requirements, so do your homework before making the journey.

For instance, you may be required to present an admission letter from your university demonstrating your legal permission to enter the nation as a student. Sometimes student accommodation, such as student halls in Sheffield, require you to present your university acceptance letter to gain entry.

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Flight Tickets
  • Birth certificates
  • University Acceptance letter
  • Insurance policies

Carry your legal documentation in your portable luggage like a carry-on bag at all times.

Here are a few items to leave off your packing list:

A. New Outfits and Footwear


While purchasing a new outfit for your travels may be enticing, it’s not always the best option. This is especially true for shoes, the last thing you want to happen is to get a blister during your first week!

Before going abroad, stick to your tried-and-true outfits, and avoid spending money on anything novel and only start buying when you are settled in your host country.

B. Electronic equipment such as hair straighteners and hairdryers

The wattage in the socket outlets may vary according to where you're coming from, and you may wind up ruining your hair appliances.

Some private student accommodation in Nottingham, Cardiff and other UK cities are favourable to international students because they have dedicated power outlets that are universally used.

But it is often preferable to get an inexpensive one when you reach your host nation.

C. Don't forget to check which items are prohibited to have in your luggage

You definitely don't want to start your travels by having your stuff held at screening because you packed something forbidden or banned.

There is a plethora of information about this on the internet, but the most important thing to remember is that liquids must be transported in containers that contain 100ml or less, with the exemption of prescribed medication, which must be accompanied by documentation.


You don't have to be anxious or scared about travelling overseas. It’s common for individuals to study overseas, and millions of young people do it each year.

So, if they can accomplish it, you should be able to as well. Get the best of your time in a different country by taking advantage of the opportunities. And don't hesitate to savour every second of this life-changing adventure!

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Author’s Bio

Archit is an avid writer who is currently pursuing his bachelors in political science from Delhi University. When not writing, he can be found reading, taking the Metro and then questioning this decision, and haunting local bookstores.