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Useful resources and links:
Safety and Health:
- CDC Traveler’s Health information:
Health Tips for Students Studying Abroad
- US Department Travel Warnings and Consular Information
- University of Louisville Travel Policy to Countries on the U.S. State Department Travel warning list.
Time and Weather
- The University of Minnesota: Mobility International, USA
What to pack?
It is hard to know what to take when traveling and each program and country has its own requirements...you should keep in mind that whatever you take YOU will end up carrying (and it will probably be uphill both ways and up three flights of stairs to your room...!)
So how to know how much to take...When packing it is a good rule of thumb to put everything you want to take with you on your study abroad on your bed or a table and then put half away. That said, below is a suggested packing list:
Clothes. What you take depends on the climate of where you are going and how long you will be there. It is a good idea to check out the weather forecast to get an idea of what the climate it like. Also, you should consider the culture of the country... In most countries people dress more conservatively than in the U.S. Keep in mind that dark clothes do not show dirt as readily, drip-dry no iron clothes are best, take items that can have multiple uses or can be layered, and comfort and practical are two words to remember.
Warm coat/jacket (depending on the climate)
10 shirts/blouses/sweaters (or a combination thereof)
4 pairs of pants, 2 belts
2 pairs of shorts
1 bathing suit (depending on climate)
Two pairs of sturdy, comfortable walking/athletic shoes (Don't take brand new shoes...your feet with thank you!)
1 pair dress shoes
1 pair sandals/shower shoes,
10 pairs socks
10 pairs of underwear
Toilet/Bathroom Articles: Please note that these items will be available to you overseas, however, if you have preferred brands that you feel most comfortable using, pack them as well (in your checked luggage). Among the suggested items are:
Take extra prescription medication, such as allergy medicines, asthma inhalers, birth control pills, etc. The amount should last you throughout your stay, if possible. Medication sent from the U.S. may not get through Customs where you are. Most pharmacies will be able to fill most prescriptions, but getting a new prescription will necessitate a visit to a doctor or hospital.
If you wear contact lenses, bring an extra set of
contacts, cleaning solutions, your written eye prescription and extra
Over-the-counter medicines (check to make sure the over-the-counter medicines are allowed in your destination country.)
Bedding and Towels:
Check with your program to see what is provided.
These items will be available to you abroad, so use your best judgment when allotting luggage space.
This and That:
$100 in Local currency
Map of your city
small items to use as gifts
Travel alarm clock (preferably battery operated)
Copy of your travel itinerary
Travel guide book such as Lonely Planet
Compact umbrella/rain gear
Addresses of family and friends
Four extra passport-sized photos
Copy of your passport and birth certificate (kept safe, but separate from your passport)
Pictures of your loved ones
Open mind, patience, and a sense of humor will go a long way when traveling abroad!
Things to Keep in mind:
Use caution when traveling with expensive items such as cameras and laptops. In addition, remember to get an adapter so you can keep your electronics charged and you might want to bring your computer’s purchase receipt in case you are questioned in customs.
Travelers are allowed two suitcases of no more than 70lbs each if you are taking a flight to Europe. Domestic flights may charge you for a portion of your flight. Be sure to check with the airlines before arriving at the airport so you have some idea of what you will need to pay for your luggage.
Make sure you put your name and US and destination address on a luggage tag and inside your suitcase in case the suitcase breaks or is lost during your travels.
Never leave your bags unattended!
In your carry-on be sure to pack a change of clothes, your medications, valuables, and important documents.
The electrical current in your host country may be supplied at different volts and cycles (American standard is 110 volts, 60 cycles.) Therefore, for any appliances you bring with you, such as personal computers, hairdryers, alarm clocks, etc., you will need a plug adapter and a transformer. You might consider taking a power strip with you so you only have to purchase one voltage converter and adapter set...