Packing & Preparation


Deciding what to pack for your time abroad can be overwhelming.  Several key factors can help you to be as prepared as possible for your time abroad.  For starters, Pack LIGHTLY!   Also, be sure to weigh your luggage before heading to the airport, keeping your airline provider's luggage weight restrictions and requirements in mind.  Refer to this example of a complete packinglist to begin.

          Carry-On or Checked Luggage?


Carry On Checked Luggage

Passport and copies of your passport

Clothes (make sure the clothes you pack are appropriate for the country you are traveling to)

Prescription medications in their original bottles

Comfortable walking shoes

Copies of your prescriptions and flight itineraries

Umbrella or rain coat

A list of important phone numbers and addresses

Electrical converter

Proof of vaccinations

Notebook and Pen

Spare clothing (one set)

Reusable Waterbottle

If you pack any toiletries place them in a one-quart, clear, plastic, zip-top bag

Space! Save room in your luggage to bring items home.


What items should you avoid packing in your carry-on?

For an extensive list, please visit the TSA website.

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