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5 Essential Things to Pack for Study Abroad Trips

Learning about a different culture in a beautiful country is something that is sought after by many college students. Studying abroad can be the best time of your life… if you’re prepared. Sometimes we overpack on the stuff we don’t need and forget the essentials. Whether you’re traveling to countries like Brazil, France, or Australia, these five items that you might not think of are sure to come in handy during your trip!

1. Tide Stick 

When you’re abroad, it can be very difficult to find time to do laundry or find a washing machine at all depending on where you are. A Tide Stick is essential on trips because it removes stains easily without having to actually wash your clothes. So, if you accidentally spill some delicious foreign cuisine on your clothes, your Tide Stick has your back!

2. Light Jacket

Weather is always unpredictable regardless of where you are. It’s a great idea to include a light jacket (bonus if it doubles as a rain jacket!) in your suitcase. When you’re hiking that mountain or touring the city, you’re covered if it’s chilly or rainy!

3. Currency

The last thing you want to happen is to not have any money in a foreign country. Sometimes banks will not automatically transfer Euro or other currency to your American card at an ATM. It’s definitely a good idea to go to your bank prior to your trip and withdraw enough currency to last you through your trip. If you do this, you’ll be able to buy all of the souvenirs and food that you want. And remember, better safe than sorry!

4. Plug Converter

Voltages always vary throughout foreign countries, which can have disastrous results if you don’t have a converter. A simple hair straightener could cause a fire in your room if the voltage is too high, and starting a fire in a foreign country probably isn’t something you want to do. A plug converter doesn’t take up much room in your bag and is relatively inexpensive, so I definitely recommend investing in one!

5. Walking Shoes

When you’re going to be touring a country and walking around for extended periods of time, it is essential to have comfortable and supportive walking shoes. Save your poor feet from blisters and calluses, and make sure to invest in shoes that you can comfortably walk miles in. You’ll thank me later!

 

While there are many other things you should pack for your extended trip abroad, you’ll be happy if you remember to pack these five essentials. Regardless of where or what you’re studying, these objects will make your life easier while you’re making some of the best memories!

 

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Corinne is currently a sophomore majoring in Advertising in the College of Media at the University of Illinois.
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