Studying Abroad Packing List

Rena from Korea

This post is going to be about what and how to pack before leaving for your flight to America.

I recommend you look up your airline baggage weight limit and some restrictions before packing.

Now, I’m going to go over the stuff to pack and then at the end make a whole list!

The first to start with are clothes.

When I was in Missouri, there were four seasons and in the winter it snowed. So, my parents sent me some thick jackets in the winter.

Now that I’m in Arizona, a desert, we don’t have any snow and it doesn’t get that cold here.

Also, if your school requires to wear their uniforms, the necessity of clothes just goes down.

Furthermore, you’re surely going to do some shopping in America for clothes, so it would be smarter to pack other important stuff instead of those clothes that you won’t wear that much.

Wherever you go, just pack t-shirts and hoodies. They are great. If the winter there is really cold, you got to have some thick jackets, so your parents can send it to you or pack it from the first place. Not all school does but most of the schools in America has strong cold blow coming out of the air conditioning all day except for “really cold winter.” So, wear your t-shirt and a hoodie over it so that you can take the hoodie off when you’re hot. Also, Americans don’t care about fashion as much as Koreans do. They just really wear casual clothes to school. In Arizona, hoodies are just right about to endure the coldness😊

The next thing is the washing tools. The most space-wasting thing to do is pack a whole big container of shampoo and conditioner. The smart thing to redo that is to buy them when you get to America. So except the skincare products that you use from a specific brand, just pack some small samples of shampoos and conditioners.

Additionally, because you’re an international student or an exchange student, you’ll have a couple of towels that will be provided by your host family. That makes you bring only 2 or 3 more towels for you to use. Also, I recommend you bring bags or nets for washing clothes. I don’t think it’s a thing in America. I’ve never seen it in America.

The final thing that I want to give you tips on is bags and baggage. I would say one backpack and two luggage.

1. Backpack

This bag is going to be going in the plane, so you would put things that you might need during your flight. For instance, some pencils or pens, laptop, tablet, etc. The most important thing would be your passport indeed😊

Also, the things that they don’t let you put in the baggage would all have to be in this backpack. Such as any type of chargers or portable batteries.

Small things, that don’t take that much space would go in this bag. Or, some little stuff that you couldn’t put in the luggage.

It’s a bag that you have on your shoulder and back, so you don’t want it to be that heavy. However, I always make the decision to sacrifice my shoulder and put more stuff in the backpack.

2. Luggage #1

The biggest space-taking stuff goes here. When you put your clothes in here, you might want to get your fragile stuff between the clothes so that it reduces the damage.

Some say that rolling the clothes or the towels and packing them helps making more place, but what I think is that it depends on what you have the rest to pack. Just folding them and making piles of them might make more space and rolling them might make more space…you never know😊 So I recommend packing the whole thing few times and figure out the best way.

3. Luggage #2

This bag would be smaller than the other luggage. When you have the flight to just to yourself, it’s easier to bring the minimum amount of your luggage. In this bag, put the small space-taking things. All the big ones go to the luggage #1 and the small ones go in the #2.

You should put the stuff that you are not allowed in the plane, such as a knife or scissors. Make almost everything so that you don’t put that much in the backpack😊.

4. Things with you

These are so for granted. Your phones, ear buds, stuffed animals(maybe), etc. It might be a good idea to hold on to stuff that you couldn’t put it in your bag, but it might wear you out. I actually had my flute with me because it didn’t fit in any of my bags😊


That is all and I listed most of the things like below. Hope it would be helpful😊

BagWashing Items
  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Shorts
  • Jeans
  • Skirts/Dress
  • Pajamas
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Backpack
  • Luggage #1: a large one
  • Luggage #2: smaller one
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Skincare products
  • Bodywash
  • Body Lotion
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Passport and some paperwork
  • Neck cushions
  • Stuffed animal
  • Emergency box: Medication
  • Some books you want to read
  • Camera
  • Pencil, pen, and some stuff for writting
  • Slides or sandals (also included in shoes)
  • Ear buds
  • Charger
  • Laptop


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