10 Things To Must Pack For Students Studying Abroad – BW Businessworld

Travelling internationally to earn a University degree is an adventure best planned in advance, and not just when it comes to booking flights and packing.

It is always sad when someone leaves home unless they are simply going for a few weeks. The uncertainty surrounding the pandemic affecting first-year students, especially over a longer period of time, has made parents more worried than ever.  Add to this the travel jitters, long flights and the natural emotions of sadness of leaving home and excitement of finding a new one. The entire experience can be full of surprises, but showing up at your boarding gate without a passport or forgetting your medications and essentials for your long layover flight can put a hindrance on your long-anticipated sojourn. Packing efficiently to embrace a new life within days of arriving at a new country is critical to making this process simpler. 

In order to save you some preparation time, we have put together this international travel checklist for your convenient travel abroad. 

Organize your travel documents and credit cards

Make sure to carry all the necessary and important documents [WHO approved Vaccine certificate(Covid19), passport, visa, itinerary, mandated travel insurance, plane tickets, ISIC card, etc.]


  • International Debit/Credit Card
  • Forex Card/Travelex Card
  • Local currency in various denomination
  • Coins to make phone calls/hire trolleys etc
  • Check whether your travel visas are up to date. Some countries require your passport to be valid for at least six months after you plan to return. Therefore, please make sure that you will not be rejected or delayed by customs because of your old passport.
  • Keep your vaccination certificate in your carry-on, in case you are required to present it at immigration
  • Also keep physical and digital copies of your passport and all your paperwork readily at hand, in case your luggage is lost in transit.

Crucial College Documents 

  • Prescribed Books and Supplies 
  • Study Permit 
  • Offer Letter 
  • Official academic transcripts & degree certifications 
  • Other official profile-related documents

Necessary Layers of Clothing 

Students from India are travelling to colder climates often when moving to countries like the USA, UK, Canada, Germany or Ireland. It is crucial to carry comfortable layers to brave the cold temperatures at your destination when you arrive.

Regular Wear

  • Jeans – A few pairs
  • Pyjamas – Two pairs at most
  • Swimsuit – ( Depending upon location )
  • Workout clothes – Pair of Joggers & Sweatshirt
  • Formal Attire – For official University events

Winter layers 

  • 2 sets Thermal top & Pants / Base Layers – Can use as nightwear as well
  • 1 Cotton Pullover that doubles up as a t-shirt (for Spring)
  • 1 Woolen Pullover that doubles up as a t-shirt (for peak winters)
  • 1 Sweatshirt or Hoodie
  • 1 Warm track pants can double up as nightwear
  • 1 All-Weather Jacket with insulation
  • 3 Blister free socks
  • 2 Woolen Caps
  • 2 Woollen Muffler / Stoles
  • 2 Touch screen-friendly Woollen Gloves
  • 1 Waterproof glove 


  • Cotton Socks
  • Flip flops – Good for showering in hostels. One pair is enough.
  • Walking shoes – Find a comfy fashionable shoe – walking is a major part of everyday life.
  • Running shoes – Good to have if you join a gym or enjoy running outdoors 


While the contents of your checked baggage will largely depend on the weather you are visiting, you should have most of your travel essentials close at hand in your hand luggage. Start with this international travel checklist for packing items:


  • MP3 Player/ iPod (for long plane/train rides)
  • Laptop, Electrical converters and adapters specific to your destination
  • Camera – Memory cards, chargers and adapters
  • Headphones – It is nice to have a good pair that cancels out the sound
  • Phone and charger

Don’t forget a portable backup charger. Hours of watching your favourite TV show is sure to drain your device’s battery life, and there is nothing worse than finally finding a WiFi spot only to have your phone/laptop die.

Other standard items

  • Precautionary Covid Essentials – Masks,chemical-free sanitiser, face shield, first aid, disinfectant spray(100ml)
  • Thermometer
  • Enough prescription drugs to sustain you before you could find new supplies
  • Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and earplugs
  • Sunglasses/ extra eyeglasses/ contacts
  • Pen to fill out customs forms
  • Sweater/scarf

Pack these essentials for stay at a hostel or temporary accommodation

Books/Stationery Items

  • Pillowcase – useful if staying in hostels
  • Hydro towel – compact towel, good for travelling
  • Sheet sleeping sack – Compact sheet sack – great for use in hostels
  • Wash Cloths
  • Folding umbrella
  • Power strip with converter
  • Outlet adapter
  • A few hangers

Consider taking photos of your packed suitcase (both inside and outside) in case it is lost. That way, the airline staff will know what to look for and you will know what is inside. If you don’t get it back and need to file a claim, this will be useful..

With all the above essentials in your bag, be ready to board your flight worry-free.  The checklist has been curated by experts and vetted by a renowned educational counsellor, Jitin Chawla.

Happy travels and wishes for a wonderful new world of education!

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