The Ultimate Study Abroad Checklist Every International Student Needs

  • 2022-07-28
The most exciting stage of going to study abroad is probably the pre-departure planning period. This means that you've booked your flights, checked out the course details, and applied for a student visa. Hopefully, by now you have also checked that you have enough funds to support yourself for the whole period you'll be away. So let's move on to the next exciting stage - gathering all your stuff! 
If yours will be a longer period away, packing early is always a good idea. Packing late is an invitation to missing something important. So here we have a blog for you on the Checklist Before going to Study abroad.


Study Abroad Checklist: Important documents

Documents are incredibly important and shouldn't be overlooked. Along with your passport, there are other documents that must always be with you while moving abroad. Medicines, passports, and insurance papers might be a few of those necessary things that could get you into trouble if forgotten behind! It's important to make a list of all the relevant documents that you would require:
  • A valid passport 
  • Your student visa
  • Your offer letter from the university abroad
  • Your birth certificate,
  • Your confirmation of your airport pickup by the university
  • Your accommodation details
  • Receipts of paid tuition fees, health cover, etc
  • Health insurance details.
  • Important ID proofs
  • Attested mark sheets and certificates 
  • Work experience letters
  • Passport size photographs
  • Prescriptions of medicines(if any)
  • Plane tickets

Clothing Checklist for Study Abroad 

Try and carry adaptable clothes that can be mixed with multiple pieces to make comfortable and appropriate outfits. Pack all the clothes ranging from professional clothing to Sunday brunch wear. But also, take care not to increase your baggage weight by taking clothes that are not required. Below is the list of clothes you will need while you are in abroad:
  • Underwear 
  • T-shirts 
  • Tops 
  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Formal trousers 
  • Jeans
  • Jacket 
  • Professional outfits
  • Workout outfit + Swimwear 
  • Sweaters
  • Belts
  • Socks
  • Gloves/Scarves/Other winter accessories
  • Coat

Study Abroad Checklist: Toiletries 

These are daily things that require from the beginning till the end of every day. You have to take along a few important Toiletries items in your bag. These things are for personal hygiene, therefore you cannot miss them out. The following list includes the toiletries you would require: 
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Razors + Your shaving supplies
  • Contact lenses + Glasses (You could carry the prescription for convenience, too)
  • Shampoo + Conditioner
  • Soap and Shower gel 
  • Makeup
  • Comb
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  •  Tissues and sanitary products

Packing list for Study Abroad: Electrical Devices

Electronic devices are as important as clothes. There are so many that we have in our everyday lives, but it’s not realistic to go about packing all of them, for several reasons. Thus pack only the important devices that you will require abroad during your studies. Also, take care of these gadgets while traveling. Here is a list of the common electrical devices you might require during their studies:
  • Cell phone + Charger
  • Laptop + Charger 
  • a travel adapter
  • Headphones 
  • Power strip with converter
  • Calculator
  • Headphones

Checklist for studying Abroad: Kitchen 

While studying abroad, it is not possible to visit restaurants every day for your meal. You have to prepare some food and drinks at your home too. To do this you will need certain kitchen utensils. Purchasing these items abroad might be quite expensive. So it is best to bring the possible things from your home itself. Below is a list of the things you should bring along with you:
  • Bowl and plate
  • Bottle / can opener
  • Knives and Scissors
  • Cutlery (small set)
  • Frying pan
  • Pressure cooker
  • Spoons
  • Jug
  • Miscellaneous things
There are a few more things that will make your life comfortable in a new country. This includes your way of living. Below are the things that will make your life abroad more convenient:
  • Small purse/Backpack
  • Pillow 
  • Towels 
  • Pillowcases
  • Sunglasses
  • Bedsheets 
  • Comforter/Blanket
  • Bathrobe 
  • Hangers 
  • Water Bottle
  • Watch
  • Journal
  • Stationery
  • Laundry Bag 
  • Notebooks, Pens
This is the important list of things to be packed before traveling to a new country for studies. If you miss out on something, don’t worry you can purchase from your new country. We hope you find this checklist helpful when you go on your study abroad trip! If you have any other questions or queries about studying abroad, please connect with us anytime. Happy Journey..!!

You should also read the following

Do's and Don'ts When Studying Abroad
7 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Study Abroad
8 Benefits of Studying Abroad
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