5 Practical Packing Hacks Every Student Abroad Should Know
Although you may think you’ve got everything squared away when it comes to packing, there will always be more strategies that you can use to improve. Here are a few different packing hacks that will give you an upper-hand during your time abroad.
Bring Items Unavailable at Your Destination
This one might take a bit of research, but you’ll be happy you made the effort. There are probably some things at home that you couldn’t live without.
Whether it’s your favorite snack food, a brand of makeup, or medication (something you literally couldn’t live without).The key here is to stock up. Obviously not to the point
where you need another suitcase, but you get the idea. Find those things you
love and pack as much as you reasonably can.
Bring Back Items
Unavailable at Home
On the other side of the coin, you might find some new
brands of snacks or makeup that aren’t available back home. Maybe they’ll
become your new favorites, ones you couldn’t bear to part with when you head
Luckily there’s probably some space in your suitcase where
you originally stocked up on your favorite home brands at the beginning of your
trip. Use that space to pack a few bags of that special candy you got hooked on,
or that scented lotion you can’t stop smelling.
Pack in Layers
This one can be a lifesaver, especially if you’ll be living
in a country with brutal winters. Pack clothes that you can layer on top of one
another. If it’s looking colder than it did yesterday, throw on another layer.
If the classroom has the heater cranking, peel one off.
This also makes packing light a whole lot easier. Don’t
bother packing that ski jacket that you would only wear during a blizzard.
Layering allows you to create that same warmth and takes up much less space.
Send Souvenirs Home
During the Semester
One of the bigger limitations of international travel as a
whole is the size of the souvenirs you bring back. The sad fact is when you’re
shopping for souvenirs you’re limited to what you can fit in your suitcase.
During my time in Toledo, Spain, I visited a blade factory
where I spent a good hour trying to figure out if the replica sword I wanted
would fit in my suitcase. I finally caved and bought it, but I was just barely
able to jam the sword into my suitcase. Unfortunately, this caused irreversible
damage to my bag.
Don’t make the same mistake I did, but don’t feel like you
need to limit yourself when it comes to souvenir shopping. You can still buy
what you want without worrying about the size. When you’ve bought all your
souvenirs for your friends and family, use
NowShip’s Economy Shipping
to send them back home.
Sealable Plastic Bags
and Bubble Wrap
You’ll want a decent amount of both of these mainly to
protect what you’re packing. Anything small or delicate should get a nice
healthy wrapping of bubble wrap. This is especially ideal for any sort of
glassware or brittle plastics.
The sealable bags may seem like common sense, but a good
reminder never hurts. If you’re packing any liquids (or solids that could
become liquids when exposed to heat), the last thing you want to do is ruin
everything else in your bag. Consider duct taping the seal on your plastic bags
to ensure they won’t pop open.
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.
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