This is the first installment of a series on packing
So, you’re packing. Not for a weekend in Chicago, or a few days at the beach. You’re packing for a semester out of the country and away from your closet. This is serious.
Not serious like a heart attack, but serious enough that you need to plan ahead. Here are some basic tips to keep in mind, whether you’re packing for a month, or a semester abroad.
We’ve made our own checklist, which we share in pre-departure orientations. Take a peek!
Top 10 Tips:
- Practice pack. Lay everything out so you can see exactly what you’re packing.
- Review the baggage regulations for your airline. Do you need to check a bag?
- Pick the right bag for you. Don’t forget the luggage tag!
- Be smart about your traveling attire. Heavy coat? Big shoes? Wear them on the plane.
- For clothing choices: Quick dry, and comfortable are key. Do you have laundry facilities?
- Sage advice: Don’t pack by outfit, plan to mix & match, make the most of layers.
- Stash a bag. Find a place for that extra duffel for the trip home (souvenirs).
- Personal hygiene items: remember the 3 oz. / 1 quart bag rule for your carry-on bag.
- Medicine: Carry prescriptions / OTC meds in their original container, in your carry-on.
- Make a checklist. You’ll be glad you did!
In case you need a visual aid, take a look at Packing like a pro (we love this guy).