Packing for a Semester Abroad

Since England is not my first time going abroad, I had a rough idea about how to go about packing for my semester abroad. I used this packing list on Pinterest for reference along with a packing list outlined in the book A Year Off. For me, the list found on Pinterest provided a good scaffold for clothes to pack for diverse climates, while the packing list in A Year Off included items that I had not considered bringing (for example, a quick-drying microfiber towel.)  

When packing for a winter/spring climate, I mainly selected items that could be layered and mix-and-matched easily. Additionally, I asked for Away packing cubes for Christmas to help with organizing my clothing and maximizing my available space. In anticipation of weekend traveling, I also purchased this Cotopaxi bag on sale for $150. I have found the bag can hold a LOT and is perfect for a long weekend.

My biggest piece of advice when packing for an extended period of time is to place all of your clothing you think you will need in your suitcase and let the clothes “sit” for a day. Then, go back through what is in your suitcase. More often than not, you will pull out clothing that you probably can live without for the period of time you will be away.

Clothing for Europe
All clothing squeezed into my packing cubes

Sydney’s Packing List:

  • Clothing:
    • 1 winter coat/rain jacket
    • 3 pullovers/sweatshirts
    • 3 long-sleeved shirts
    • 4 short-sleeved shirts
    • 2 camis/tank tops
    • 2 pairs of pajama pants
    • 2 cardigans
    • 2 pairs of jeans
    • 2 pairs of leggings
    • 1 swimsuit
    • 3 dresses
    • 1 pair of shorts
    • 10 pairs of underwear
    • 2 bras
    • 3 sports bras
    • 2 pairs of capris workout leggings
    • 3 workout tank tops
    • 7 pairs of socks
    • 2 pairs of hiking socks
  • Shoes:
    • 1 pair of tennis shoes
    • 1 pair of hiking boots
    • 1 pair of flip-flops/shower shoes
    • 1 pair of TOMS
    • 1 pair of dress shoes
    • 1 pair of Birkenstocks
  • Electronics:
    • Camera
    • Laptop
    • Universal converter
    • Kindle e-reader
    • Relevant charging cords
  • Miscellaneous Items
    • Laundry bag
    • Microfiber towel
    • Delicate clothing washing bag
    • Small backpack for day trips
    • A clutch for nights out
    • Sunglasses
    • Passport and other relevant documentation
    • Small blanket
    • Travel pillow
  • Toiletries
    • Razor blades
    • Deodorant (I was told deodorant is different in the UK so I brought extra)
    • Tylenol and Ibuprofen (dosage and ingredients differ from country to country)

Leave a positive impression,

Sydney xo

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