What to pack for college. It’s a
daunting question that every freshman has to face, especially those attending
school in a different country. Most school’s offer a list of recommended items
to pack, but they’re often excessive and leave students with a lot of junk they
never use. So here’s a few helpful tips on what to pack for your first year of
school in a new country.
You may be thinking, well obviously I’m bringing clothes. And
you’d be right. But ask yourself these questions:
How far is home?
Will there be opportunities to visit home?
What’s your destination’s climate like?
Are there cultural restrictions on clothing?
Answering these questions will
definitely influence the quantity and variety of clothes you pack.
If you’re planning on flying back
home after the first semester, then pack the appropriate clothes for August
through December. Depending on where you’re going, this could be as simple as
packing your summer clothes and a couple light jackets (I’m looking at you
Of course, if you’re staying at
school the whole year, you’ll want to go about this differently, especially if
you’re destination experiences the extreme ups and downs of the seasons. From
flip flops to snow boots, you’ll want to be ready for everything. And if this
is too much to shove into your suitcases, pack light for the flight and send
everything else via NowShip’s
international moving service.
The last thing to consider is what
kind of clothing may or may
not be appropriate where you’re going. Some countries may be more
conservative than what you’re used to, so maybe leave the short-shorts and
graphic tees at home.
Comforters, pillows, and other
linens can take up a lot of space in your luggage. That’s why it’s probably
best to wait until you arrive at your destination and just buy your bedding
But say there aren’t any stores
nearby school where you can buy bedding. Or maybe you can’t sleep without the
unrivaled softness of your sheets back home. No problem. You can pack those
sheets along with all of your clothes and send them off to school through NowShip.
Of course you’ll want to immerse
yourself in the new and exciting culture around you, but that doesn’t mean you
need to completely conform to it. You’ll want a sanctuary. Deck out your dorm
room or apartment to fit your style or remind
you of home.
Even if you’re an experienced
traveler, every college student gets homesick eventually. Bring something that
reminds you of your family or represents your homeland. Whether it’s a family
photo, a distinctive piece of clothing, or an ornate tapestry, you’ll be happy
to have it when the culture shock sets in.
Everything else you need to pack
is common sense. We all know we need our laptops, textbooks, and general school
supplies—these are fairly universal and shouldn’t vary much by country. The
important thing is to think about where you’re going to school and ask how
that’s going to affect A) What you need to pack, and B) How you’re going to
Author: Tanner Hackney
Author Bio: Mr. Hackney is a Junior Journalism and Marketing student at American University. His travels have taken him to England, France, Germany, Canada, Spain, and the Netherlands.