We have a full range of articles giving advice on studying abroad at StudyLink.com, covering at all kinds of questions about studying abroad, but here’s one you may not think about until the last minute. What should you pack when studying abroad? It pays to be prepared, so take some time to read the tips in this article.
First things first, only book your travel when you have accepted an offer of a place on your course and have your funding and visa (if required) secured. When these are taken care of, it pays to book your travel as far in advance as possible to reduce the costs of your tickets.
If you are embarking on a trip abroad for your studies, what you can take with you is going to be limited by the volume of luggage you can take with you. Maybe your travel will involve flying, train journeys, taxis or even travel by boat.
Plan ahead and make sure you know how you are going to reach your destination. If you are travelling by plane, airlines will usually only allow luggage meeting certain weight and dimension restrictions. Make sure you check with your airline before you pack!
If you find that you are severely limited by luggage restrictions, consider asking a friend or relative to make the trip with you and share your luggage load.
Most universities operate airport pick-up services on certain dates near the start of academic years, and these can be free for first year students. These types of services will pick you up at your destination airport and take you to the correct campus. Make sure to check the with the International support section of your university web-site which dates are available and what airport you should arrive at. Be sure to book these services well in advance in you can!
Although certain items may vary based on location and provider, there are a few essential items that you must remember to pack. These are:
It is important to take your time and remember that you don’t need to take everything with you. Bulkier items can be sent after your initial travels. Travelling light may save your arms the stress of carrying your luggage at points in your travel. Many items that you will require can be bought when you arrive and things such as bed linen are often supplied by halls of residence.
Your university will also be well prepared to help you co-ordinate your travel plans and to help you with your personal documentation.
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