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What to Pack to Study Abroad

You are about to go on a language study trip and the time has come to pack your suitcases. And you want to make sure you don’t forget anything to make your stay as pleasant as possible. A suitcase well packed and prepared on time will reassure you. What to pack for your language camp? Here are some tips so you don’t forget anything!

Make a list

A list helps you to make sure you don’t forget anything while minimizing unnecessary stuff you won’t need on-site. It helps you to be more realistic especially for long stays by considering the baggage limits imposed by airlines.

What type of clothes to take on a language study trip?

Take only easy-care clothes, that is, clothes that do not have to be washed in a special way or clothes that will not fear wrinkles or stains (which you can hide easily). It is better to leave at home your favorite clothes. Usually, host families wash your clothes once a week. Remember to take warm clothes despite the good weather forecast. The best tip: stack the clothes on top of each other before rolling them. They will take up less space in your suitcase and wrinkle less. Take a maximum of three pairs of shoes, as they take up a lot of space.
The ideal list should of course include decent casual outfits with 1 or 2 jeans, summer shorts, t-shirts, and a couple of dressy outfits for going out.
Bring about enough underwear, socks, and pajamas to last ten days.
Our advisers will tell you if towels are provided. In this case, prefer microfiber towels rather than classic towels because they dry faster and take up less space.

Clothing specific equipment

You must also think of 3 types of specific equipment:
. Rain gear: a light raincoat, warm sweaters or sweatshirts,
. Sun protection: glasses, cap and cream,
. Equipment for walking and practicing sports: shoes are very important because you will walk a lot (visits, etc.) and practice sports especially for the junior programs. Also, consider clothes to go to the pool because the activity is often offered.

The essentials

It is important that you are equipped so as not to have unpleasant surprises. Find out beforehand if a universal adapter is required.
Carry a toiletry bag as well as essential or prescription drugs with you to avoid difficulties with the language barrier during your time abroad.
Don’t forget to take a notebook and some pens for your language lessons. If you are bringing gifts for your host family, pack them carefully. Place chargers and other adapters in your shoes to save space.

Mandatory documents

On the administrative side, you will need an identity card or a valid passport to travel as well as your European health insurance card.
Before departure, Up Abroad will provide you with all the necessary information:
. a complete guide to the destination,
. advices
. the list of official documents to provide
. a questionnaire to take care of special needs (handicap, allergy, etc.).

-And the last tip: always keep space in your suitcase for the purchases you will make during your stay!

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