The Basic Study Abroad Packing List

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This packing list covers all the essential stuff you need when you’re spending an extended time overseas on a study abroad trip.

As you can see, I recommend the Eagle Creek Pack-It System.  For more on why I like these folders, cubes, and toiletry kits, check out my Pack-It System review.

MAIN BAG

For help selecting your main suitcase, check out this guide to lightweight luggage.

PACK-IT FOLDER with

  • 2 Jeans
  • 1-2 Casual pants
  • 1 Nice Pants (or Skirt)
  • 4 Shirts
  • 1 Sweater or fleece

PACK-IT CUBE with

  • 2 T-Shirts
  • 2 Tanks
  • 7 Days Underwear
  • Bathing Suit
  • PJs, Sweats, and/or Nightwear

SHOE SAC with

  • Flip Flops
  • Shoes (OK for nicer occasions)

TOILETRY KIT
liquids & gels in a quart-size ziploc bag

OUTERWEAR

  • Jacket or Coat
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella and/or Rain Jacket
  • Hat or Cap

TRAVEL ACCESSORIES
(optional but not a bad idea)

DAY BAG
Shoulder Bag or Daypack for your daily needs

PICNIC KIT
For self-catering

IN YOUR POCKETS or PURSE

  • Today’s Cash
  • Cell or Smart Phone
  • Glasses & Sunglasses
  • Lipstick
  • Comb

MONEY BELT or SECURITY POUCH
Worn under you clothing

  • Money Belt
  • Passport
  • Credit & ATM Cards
  • Driver’s License
  • Extra Cash