Travel and Living Abroad
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Packing List

You do not need to pack all of the items on this list. This is merely meant to guide and assist you in your planning. Please be aware of the culture and climate of your destination and bring clothing that will be appropriate for that area.


  • Neutral colors you can layer
  • Comfortable walking shoes Shoes for wet, rainy conditions
  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Hat Long shorts/capris
  • Pajamas
  • Pants/shorts
  • Rainproof jacket/pants
  • Shirts
  • Skirts
  • Socks/Underwear
  • Sweaters
  • Swimsuit
  • Exercise clothes/shoes

Household Items

  • List of important contacts, numbers, and addresses
  • CD/MP3 player or iPod with headphones and/or mini speakers
  • Electrical voltage adapter and/or converter kit (varies depending on country)
  • Laptop computer
  • Chargers and power cords for any electronics
  • Portable USB or flash drive
  • Mini-flashlight
  • Linens
  • Photos of family/friends
  • Postcards and mementos from home
  • Sewing kit/safety pins
  • Gift for your host family (if appropriate)

Travel Accessories

  • $200 cash in local currency for expenses
  • Backpack (for extensive traveling)
  • Camera and film or memory card
  • Clothesline
  • Journal
  • Locks
  • Money belt
  • Umbrella
  • Phrase or guidebook
  • Small daypack
  • Sunglasses
  • Local site information
  • International calling card
  • Travel or sleep sack/sheets (for hostels)
  • Small combo or key lock
  • Travel towel
  • Wristwatch (with an alarm)
  • Book, paper and pen, playing cards, or other entertainment for while in the airport and on your flight
  • ISIC card (optional)
  • Wet wipes
  • Ziploc bags

Toiletries and First Aid

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Extra eyeglasses/contacts/saline solution
  • Makeup
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contraceptives
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Prescription medication (in carry- on) and/or Vitamins
  • Earplugs