This is a guest blog post written by Washington Intern Student Housing.
Let’s face it, getting a plane to a place where you don’t know anyone or speak the language is scary! Then you have the stress of packing your life into one suitcase, where there’s always that nagging fear that you’re forgetting something you won’t be able to live without.
Sure we all think about packing the obvious items like clothes or a toothbrush, but unless you are going to study in the middle of nowhere, chances are you will be able to stock up when you get there.
Studying abroad will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life, and you don’t want to kick it off by forgetting something you won’t be able to live without.
Wondering what you will actually need to survive living abroad? We asked 10 people who have been there and done that, what they needed to survive studying abroad. We found so many things in common, from mobile devices to keep them connected with family and friends to comfort foods. They also said it’s important to have confidence, an open-mind, to live in the moment, and have a sense of adventure. Everyone said to be sure to soak up the culture, travel as much as possible, and to be flexible when faced with surprises! So what are the 10 things you should be squeezing into your bulging suitcase? Here’s the list…
1. A computer - to Skype your family and friends back home.
2. A day planner - to stay organized.
3. A smart phone - the best way to keep in contact with everyone at home.
4. More suitcases - to bring all that stuff you’ll have to leave behind.
5. Photographs of your family and friends – for when your Internet connection is sketchy.
6. A Kindle and some books - to keep you entertained.
7. A camera – to capture all of those amazing experiences you’ll be having.
8. Kraft Mac n' Cheese.
9. Warmer clothes and blanket – for those of you studying in a colder climate.
10. American snacks.
Some of the quirkier things people said they wished they had were some hot sauce, their Red Sox hat and a clothes dryer. Almost everyone said studying abroad gave them a huge opportunity to immerse themselves in a completely different culture and to make new friends, so be sure to make the most of it. It will be over before you know it!