Packing lists are totally personal, but we have included some suggestions below. We recommend that you pack clothes that can be worn in layers: clothes of various weights in solid colors that can be mixed and matched. Also keep in mind that darker colors are easier to keep clean. Research the average temperatures in your host country to guide your packing choices.
Also be sure to bring your passport, a copy of your GeoBlue insurance card, and a list of all of your local and emergency contact numbers and addresses. During the program, keep the originals and one copy safe in your suitcase and keep the other copy on you at all times.
Here are a few tips:
- Less is more. Although the natural tendency is to overpack, you can't—and shouldn’t—bring everything with you. You will also want to leave some room in your luggage for souvenirs, gifts, and other things that you will acquire.
- Check the baggage policies and fees for your outbound and return flights on the website of the airline that you will be flying in order to avoid being charged for exceeding limits imposed by the airline.
- Carry all valuables (money, credit card, passport, identification, tickets, insurance card) and prescription medication with you in your carry-on luggage. You will also want to bring some personal items (a water bottle, a book, a toothbrush/toothpaste) and a change of clothes in case of flight delay/cancellation.
- In most program locations, you will be able to find just about anything you may need, but certain items like medication and toiletries should be purchased in the U.S. and taken with you.
- If you take prescription medications, bring a supply to last you throughout the program.
- It is common for students to suffer from common travel maladies, like gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, cold/flu, fungal infections, etc., so plan to bring a personal first aid kit with common over-the-counter medicines.
- You may wish to bring your preferred brand of toiletry items. Some feminine hygiene products, such as tampons, can sometimes be difficult to find abroad.
- If you plan to bring any appliances, like a hair dryer or electric razor, make sure that they function within the local systems. Otherwise, you will need an adapter or converter. This is something you can purchase at a local electronics store.
- You will need your laptop to do work and communicate with home. Please take the necessary precautions, as your host institution and GLO are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged laptops.
- You will want to bring a camera, since there will be some incredible photo opportunities. However, you will need to be careful and take proper precautions. Also be sure to ask permission if you are taking a picture of someone or someone’s property.
- You may wish to bring gifts and/or souvenirs for people you will meet. These are welcome but totally optional. If you choose to bring gifts, please think about the practicality, sustainability, and durability of those items.
More specific packing lists and suggestions will be provided by your program.