Packing for Semester at Sea, or a semester abroad in general can be a lot to handle! I created this list for myself to pack for my future travels & hope that it will be helpful to y’all as well.
Thinking about packing in advance, especially for a trip like this is something that is super important to me! (If you want to hear more about why I am planning early for Semester at Sea, check out my youtube video)
There are so many things to think about when you go abroad, so I broke the packing process down into three steps that should ease the process & save you money in the long run!
1. The “Everything You Could Possibly Ever Need” List
This is exactly what you would expect it to be. A list that is wayyy too long & has wayyy too many things on it, but when you are leaving the country for a semester, you have to think of every possibility. Please please please do not think that I am telling you to bring all of these things with you. These are just suggestions of things to bring!
Take the list that I gave you, cross things off, watch more youtube videos, add more things, read more blogs, & add more things until you have a full comprehensive, extensive list of items for your trip.
2. The “Things I Have vs. Things I Need” List
That is when you move on to the second list. You take all of the items on your master list & break it up into the things that you already have at home & the things that you would have to purchase before your trip.
This is super helpful to do in advance because you can clearly see what items you should be looking out for when you head to the store next. This also allows you to see early on how much you may have to save for all of the item costs.
3. The “Things I Need vs. Things I Want” List
This may be the most important list, especially if saving money is something that is important to you. Prioritizing what you actually need to buy over what you want to buy can be difficult, but essential when it comes to travel. Not only will it help you pack light, but it will help you save money along the way.
Really dig into the list of things that you don’t already have & decide what you could not live without on your trip. Think about things that you could borrow from other people instead of purchasing yourself, think about things that you could purchase during your travels if you really needed them. These will help you to narrow down your packing & cause you less stress in the long run.