How to fit your whole life into two suitcases?

That’s the first question you will ask yourself for sure when you see your whole closet and belongins! then you will see in the other corner the 2 small suitcases that you will carry with you in your study abroad destiny! oh! oh! Time to deal with a panic attack! 

Packing for Study Abroad

-Why I only have to take with me 2 suitcases? I need one more…(and then you will start to desperate…but calm down! breath! count to 10! ...1..2..3..4..5..6…7..8..9..10!)

The purpose of this article is to provide you a detailed packing list for studying abroad, those things that you need to take with you and you can’t leave at home.

Remember you have to take with you only those things you’re going to use more than once, don’t take with you those things you deeply inside know that you only will use one time or otherwise your suitcase will look like this & you will have to pay in the airport the excess-baggage fees…

Packing Suitcase

 Study Abroad Packing List


  • Underwear (two week’s worth)
  • Socks (two week’s worth plus a pair or two of wool socks)
  • Undershirts
  • Thermal underwear
  • PackingLong sleeve shirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sweatshirt/ hoodie (2-3)
  • Sweaters
  • Jeans/ Khakis (2-3 pair)
  • Shorts
  • A belt or two
  • Skirts (for the girls)
  • A set or two of workout clothes
  • Pijamas
  • Swimsuit (for those going to warmer climates)
  • Coat/Jacket ( I recommend at least 2 – one for cold weather, and one that is water resistant)
  • At least one nice outfit for formal occasions*
  • Flip flops/ sandals of some sort (good if you’re going to a warm climate, but also good for hostel showers)
  • Sneakers/ dress shoes/ boots/ rain boots*
  • Cold weather gear (i.e. gloves/ mittens, hat, scarf)


  • Shampoo/Conditioner (Only If you use special products)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste(Only if you are in a treatment)
  • ProductsSoap
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Products (one month’s worth – should go without saying you don’t want to be stuck without those)
  • Brush/Comb
  • Razors/ other shaving supplies
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Nail clippers
  • Makeup
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Contraceptives


  • At least $300 in local currency
  • Purse/ wallet
  • Important documents (passport, visa, itinerary, plane tickets, ISIC card, etc.) in passport/document holderCamera trip
  • Sunglasses/extra eye glasses/contacts
  • Cell phone (you may not be able to use it in your host country, but it’s invaluable if you’re stuck in domestic airports and need to contact someone for delayed flights, etc.)
  • Laptop and charger (don’t forget, you’ll need an outlet adapter for the plug on your charger to work)
  • Camera w/cords and charger
  • Sheets/ bed linens
  • Bath towels
  • Pictures of your family and friends
  • Enough prescription drugs for the length of your stay (You need to make sure you are allowed to bring them into the country and that you have documentation, either the prescription or a doctor’s note)
  • MP3 Player/ iPod (for long plane/train rides)
  • Backpack (for daily use and as your carry while traveling)

We hope these recommendations can be useful for you and if you have any questions or comments about the packing list for studying abroad, please feel free to leave them below and I’ll get back to you!

Source: thestudyabroadblog