Get ready for study abroad – what NOT to pack

Get ready for study abroad – what NOT to pack

When hearing the big news that they have been accepted to the abroad university they wanted, students get excited and start making their packing list the very following moment. However, it is important to know that you will not need your entire wardrobe and all your footwear when going abroad. Sure, you want your student accommodation Oxford to look almost like your room from back home, but this does not mean you have to rent a truck to take everything with you. Here is a list of things that you can cross from your packing list.

 Too many heavy liquids in big bottles

It is true that you need toiletries and some travel-size containers are a must when travelling, but you should not occupy too much space in your suitcase with such things. It is recommended to pack enough conditioner, shampoo, toothpaste and so on for your first two weeks, since you can find these things in your host country too. You could find even the same brand that you were used to buy back home, so there is no need to worry.

Too many pairs of shoes

You want to look fashion and fabulous, it is for sure, but take into account that you will go shopping in your host city too and you can purchase there more shoes. Four pairs of shoes would be more than enough to pack. Here is what you should pack: one pair of daily shoes, one pair of exercise shoes, one pair of shower shoes and perhaps one more pair of nicer shoes for when you are going out or to an internship.

Clothing that is culturally inappropriate

It is advisable to document about your host country before going there, since there might be some local rules related to clothing you might not know about. For instance, in some countries there are some strong cultural norms about how men and women dress, and wearing shorts or a sleeveless shirt might not be appropriate in those countries.


Yes, books are one of those things that you should renounce including in your luggage. They are quite heavy and they will take up too much space. What is more, you will probably not read them more than once. One good solution to this matter is to invest in a Kindle, Nook or other type of e-reader. You could take as many books with you as you want without worrying that they will make your luggage weight a tone.

Food or snacks

Being away from home for such a long period might cause you homesick, but this does not mean that you have to load your luggage with food and snacks from home. The best part of studying abroad is learning more about your host country’s culture and having the courage to experience their traditional food and even their snacks.

Expensive items

You should not take expensive items with you, such as jewelleries for instance, since it might happen for these items to get lost, stolen or broken. Pack instead things that have emotional value, such as photos of family and friends.