Studying abroad in just ONE suitcase: Yes, all you need is ONE SUITCASE!

Happy August Everyone!

I can’t believe the summer is already almost over! Enjoy the remaining weeks you have left before you set off to your new Fall adventures!

Some of you may be preparing for a semester/year abroad to another country. Ever wondered how you can fit all of the stuff you need in just…

ONE SUITCASE???

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Well look no further! I am not an expert, but after traveling and studying in Sweden for a semester, I figured out what is ESSENTIAL for you to pack!

NO NEED TO SEND PACKAGES OVERSEAS TO WHEREVER YOU ARE STAYING!!!

First, you need to check and see how many bags you are allowed to take on the airplane (or boat if you are traveling that way).

Also, check and see the maximum weight limit for your check-in bags. (*Note: British Airway’s weight limit is 51 lbs./23.3 kilos.)

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*CAUTION: BE AWARE THAT YOU MAY HAVE TO DRAG YOUR SUITCASE/ HAND BAG AROUND FOR LONG DISTANCES IN ORDER TO GET TO YOUR DESTINATION. DON’T BRING BAGS THAT YOU HAVE A HARD TIME CARRYING OR MOVING AROUND.

Now here comes the fun part. All you need is ONE SUITCASE. Yup, just ONE!

Some people prefer suitcases with 4 wheels, some prefer duffle-bag like suitcases. Before I left for Sweden, I found a 2 wheel suitcase that also had a backpack that you can zip on and off the suitcase! (:

Here is what I think are essential to bring anywhere you go:

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1. Weather appropriate clothing (don’t bring your whole wardrobe; bring enough clothing that will last you a week and that you can mix and match).

2. Weather appropriate shoes (if it is snowing where you are landing, boots are absolutely needed! Your feet will thank you!)

3. Toiletries that will last you for a couple weeks: Hair brush, tooth brush, tooth paste, floss, soap, face wash, etc.

(don’t bring anything in a big bulk; you can buy more of your toiletries where ever you are staying).

4. Medicine: Bring the medicine that essential for your well being that you may not find easily in the country you are staying in. (Medicine such as pain killers, vitamins, etc. can be found easily in your country’s drug store.)

5. A mini First Aid kit: Hey, you never know! Just bring a little bit of what you think you may need. It’s better to be prepared!

6. Laptop: Like any other student in the country you will be studying in, you will need the technology to do research, write papers, make presentations, etc. But like most college students, our laptops become our best friends because of the internet!! XD

7. Charger and plug adapters: Depending on where you are studying, you may be in a country that has a different plug than the one in your home country. Bring at least one adapter so you’re not caught with a useless charger and less than 5% battery on your laptop, phone, etc.!

8. A photo album: Photos are great to have to decorate your room with! Seeing the faces of family and friends will make your transition into a new environment easier! (:

9. Extra currency: In the 1/1,000,000 chance you get ripped off, make sure you have extra cash of the currency of the country you will be studying. Better safe than sorry.

When you pack your suitcase correctly, you can get all of these materials in; and even more stuff if you want. The key is checking to see what you really need or can just get at the store when you arrive at your final destination. Whatever else you want to pack is up to you!

Materials such as these should NOT be in your suitcase because you can always buy them later on. And depending on your housing situation, they may be provided for you:

1. Bed linens and pillows

2. Closet hangers

3. Kitchen ware

4. Tons of food

5. Shower curtains, waste baskets, and other bulky bathroom materials.

6. Tons of school supplies.

7. Any bedroom materials that are bigger or taller than your own suitcase/hand bag.

Basically, anything too big or things you know you can live without for 6 months-1 year (or longer) should not go into your suitcase.

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You may be surprised with how little you can live with and still be happy! 😀

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