A helpful video about packing light and right when internationally traveling. Check it out here.
(Items may vary depending on trips)
- Prescriptions – Bring enough for length of stay.
- Backpack Daypack/fanny pack – for day excursions
- Glasses/contact lenses –
- Bring extra Gifts (if we visit a school ie. pencils, etc.)
- Pens, pencils, Journal
- Dictionary – for language you are studying. Cheaper to bring from the United States. (Suggestion: Download to phone or tablet)
- Flash drive
- Hydro towel – compact towel
- Water bottle –You cannot carry aluminum on a plane
- Books – bring one for entertainment
- Deck of Cards (for flight)
- Clothes – Bring clothes that are easily layers for various climate conditions, do not need ironing, can be drip-dried, and are comfortable and durable.
- Hoodie/Sweaters Pajamas – two pair at most Socks/underwear – enough to get by two weeks.
- Nice outfits – A few pairs of dress pants and nice tops that can mix and match are ideal.
- Flip flops -One pair is enough.
- Walking shoes – Find a comfy fashionable shoe – walking is a major part of everyday life.
- Hiking shoes-If trip calls for mountain/offroad walking.
- Money belt
- Toiletries –Do not bring hair straighter/blow dryer (Think of weight of pack), Hair brush/comb Toothbrush, Deodorant, Razors, Hand sanitizer, Portable Kleenex Contact lenses solution, Sunblock/Suntan lotion, Makeup
- Money Cash – for the trip from the United States to your destination. Keep in safe place/money belt. Credit cards – Notify bank/credit card companies that you are going abroad. Not all credit cards will work in train stations/stores abroad. Consider using a card with a special chip imbedded or bringing a Travelex card. Travelex card – can be obtained through the Travelex website, in most international airport/major train stations, small banks, and credit unions. ATM card – take note of the international fees charged by both your bank and the ATM. Consider withdrawing larger amount of cash at a time and storing in a safe place.
- Luggage Carry-on luggage – Check your airline – usually you are allowed one carry-on size bag as well as a personal item, such as a laptop bag, purse, etc. Some airlines charge for a second checked bag.
- Optional: Pack a few outfits in the carry on in case your luggage arrives after you do. Toiletries in your carry on – All must fit in a quart-size bag and be 3.4 ounces or less.
- Electronics Laptop Computer –Buy an adapter for power supply Camera – Memory cards, chargers and adapters Headphones – It is nice to have a good pair that cancels out the sound.
- Cell phone – Contact your provider to inquire about international rates and plans, as using a phone internationally can be very expensive. Use text messaging when contacting family members abroad through free apps that work through the Wi-Fi. Whatsapp, Google Voice, and Skype – Skype is a great free way to talk and see your family.
–Taken from Oakland Abroad Office and customized
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