Students should consider several factors when packing for their time abroad: location and itinerary, seasons and weather, length of stay - to name a few as well as cultural norms, European style, and comfort level. Below is a list of suggested items to pack. This will vary based on program, term, as well as personal choices. One universal truth is that you will be responsible for carrying your own luggage and should pack accordingly.
- Coat or jacket
- Light-weight, water-proof shell for layering or rainy days
- Gloves and hat
- Jeans, pants, and/or shorts
- Skirts or light weight dresses
- Formal attire - Internship students should bring appropriate clothing for a professional setting.
- Bathing suit
- Comfortable walking shoes (sneakers)
- Dress shoes
- Sleepwear and slippers
- Wash cloth
- Extra pair glasses/contacts (extra solution)
- Basic toiletries: You will be able to purchase most basic items while abroad. However, it is recommended that you travel with at least enough shampoo, toothpaste etc…to get you through one week.
- Ibuprofen, Advil or other over-the-counter medication you take regularly (allergy medicine, cold medicine) as well as prescription medications in original packaging.
- Emergency kit (any daily medication, aspirin, air sickness tablets, etc...)
- Electronics adapter/converter
- Laptop and charger
- Camera or smartphone
- Airline ticket
- Emergency Contact Numbers
- IAU Address/Host Family Address
Airline restrictions on baggage size and weight should be checked before arrival at the airport to avoid additional baggage fees. Luggage should be labeled with name, home address, forwarding address, and telephone number. Remember to pack a change of clothes and any essential items in a piece of carry-on luggage. It is not recommended to bring any precious valuables/heirlooms that cannot be replaced.