Packing Tips for Studying Abroad

Packing Tips for Studying Abroad

After receiving an acceptance letter from the university of your choice , it’s time for you to prepare the items you will take abroad. With an airplane baggage limit of 23kg-30kg, of course you have to have an effective packing system so you don’t leave your necessities behind in Indonesia.

The following is a list of several items that you must bring along with packing tips when going to study abroad:

1. Winter clothes

The most important step before leaving to study abroad is to find out about the weather there. Of course, countries like the United States , England and Australia have seasons that we have never experienced while in Indonesia. For example, for those of you who are going to study in England , the winter there can reach minus degrees, so you have to bring enough thick clothes, jackets and long sleeves.

However, it is also a good idea to buy winter clothes only in the destination country. Of course, places with cold weather will have more choices (including price choices) than in Indonesia.

2. Important certificates and documents

One of the most important things to bring is a collection of documents such as passport, KTP, driver’s license (local and international), high school graduation certificate, IELTS or TOEFL test results , birth certificate, and certificates of your achievements. Documents like this may be needed for visa applications, other study programs, job applications or other things while abroad. It’s best to bring as many documents as possible so that they are always ready.

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3. Tips about bringing food and drinks

You can easily find things like ABC chili sauce, sweet soy sauce, rendang seasoning and Indomie in Chinatown or oriental supermarkets. Especially for those of you who are going to study in a big city, you don’t need to bring a lot of food. Even though the price is a little more expensive than Indonesian stall prices, this will give you more space for other items.

So in conclusion, just bring certain foods or drinks that you think will be difficult to find abroad. For example, drinks for colds might be difficult for you to find abroad. Because the weather is different, there is a possibility that your body needs to adapt to the new weather which causes colds. Maybe you can prepare some wind-repellent drinks and also other typical Indonesian warm drinks such as herbal or ginger tea if needed.

Don’t forget to check the licensing regulations for bringing food and drinks to your study destination country, to avoid fines! For example, Australia is quite strict with its regulations on bringing processed meat foods. It is possible that if you bring shredded meat, the product will be confiscated at customs when you arrive in Australia or you will be fined.


4. Batik clothes

You should also bring typical Indonesian clothing such as Batik clothes. In general, while abroad you will participate in events that highlight Indonesian culture, and batik clothes are very necessary for events like that. Apart from that, wearing clothes that remind you of Indonesia can also give you pleasure.

5. Packing tips for international students

  • Packing is quite a difficult process, therefore it is a good idea to start preparing your luggage at least two weeks before you leave. Give yourself enough time so you don’t rush and leave important items behind.
  • Make a list of things you want to bring. A checklist system can help you pack calmly. There are also general checklists offered on Internet sites.
  • You can also ask your university’s international office or students there about special things that you have to prepare, especially for those of you who plan to live in campus dormitories.
  • Read international student blogs to get information about student life abroad so you have an idea of ​​the things you should bring.
  • Have fun ! Preparation before going abroad should be the start of an exciting and enjoyable college experience.

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