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Packing to study abroad | What I wish I had brought

Packing to study abroad | What I wish I had brought

Your offer letter is with you, visa approval is done but what about packing all the essential things before you take your flight to the US?

Here is a comprehensive checklist of how to organise your packing and make sure you don’t forget anything! Use this as a reference guide-

  • Make sure you have soft copies of documents.
  • Keep backup of all important and emergency contact details in a document.
  • Don’t forget to check your flight’s weight restrictions
  • Pre-arrange for your airport pick-ups and drops in home and host country both.
  • Download any online calling app to contact your family and friends using Wi-Fi.
  • Use a luggage tag or something to make it identifiable.

Let’s move on to the carry-on luggage

  • Your passport, visa and university enrolment letter should be easily traceable
  • After getting your boarding pass, keep it safely in your wallet or handbag.
  • Always keep extra money (US currency)
  • If you have any allergies or medical issues, keep your prescription medicines handy.
  • Keep your phone, charger and powerbank as well in the handbag since the journey would be long.
  • One or two extra pairs of clothes just for emergencies.
  • A book or Kindle for the journey. Don’t forget your headphones.
  • Mask, face wipes and hand sanitiser are a must now.
  • Woolen clothes

Checked-in baggage

  • A digital copy of all your important documents.
  • Toiletries including sanitary pads, contact lenses etc.
  • A first- aid kit
  • Souvenirs for the host family, if you are staying with one.
  • Umbrella for sun/rain.
  • A pair of shoes.
  • Extra money for emergencies.
  • A language dictionary and travel guide in the US.
  • Any books that you might require for your studies.

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