The day has come – it‘s time to say goodbye to your friends and relatives, pack your suitcase or two, and get ready for your departure. But are you really ready? Here‘s the final piece of information before you leave.

What to bring?

Oh, the struggle here is real. But we‘ve got you covered! First of all, you‘ll need to make a list of everything you might need. Here are our tips: 


  • Your passport or identity card
  • Proof of your health insurance
  • Tickets and journey details
  • Credit/debit card
  • Some cash 
  • Toiletries Bag
  • Medications 
  • Emergency phone numbers (of people both in home and host countries)
  • Mobile phone
  • Laptop



  • Your (international) driver’s license
  • Passport photos 
  • Camera
  • Travel adapter
  • Music player
  • Sportswear
  • Swimwear
  • Extra contact lenses or spare pair of glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella 
  • Towels
  • Bed linen
  • Travel guide
  • Dictionary
  • International Student Identification Card (ISIC)
  • First Aid kit

Try to pack as lightly as possible to make travelling easier. Consider bringing versatile items that can be mixed and matched and don’t forget to leave room in your suitcase for souvenirs.


If you have large or bulky items that you don’t want to bring with you on the plane, consider shipping them ahead of time to your destination. This can save you space in your luggage and reduce the amount of weight you have to carry. This is especially useful when planning your trip back home!


By following these tips, you can pack efficiently and be well-prepared for your semester abroad.


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Tips by the former exchange student on how to pack luggage: