When going abroad, I’d have to say the most important thing to focus on is your packing list when moving abroad.
I always forget something, so making a list ahead of time is what I’ve found to help me out the most.
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When I go on a trip, I usually create a packing list that is specifically for that country’s climate. However, since I don’t plan on coming home as often anymore, I think this one has a little bit of everything. And in case I need more of something, there’s always online shopping.
I usually bring a backpack and another type of bag with me on the plane, so I can bring some more things. I recently just bought a carry-on suitcase with wheels and it worked out great for my trip to South Carolina.
I bring my backpack with me that has all of my important documents (tickets, passport, credit cards, etc.) and since you can usually only have two carry-ons with you (depending on the airline), I always like to have a backpack that has a pocket on the inner side so I can store my passport and plane tickets so they’re easily accessible.
I brought one medium suitcase with me to Thailand and honestly, that was plenty for me. I only brought that size because I thought I would only be there for 6 weeks.. Funny how I ended up staying for 10 months LOL.
For Korea, I brought a huge suitcase, a medium one, and then a duffle bag and backpack on the plane. I probably used about 30% of my belongings while in Korea AND I had to pay $500 to bring all of my stuff there AND back. What a waste of money.
For my next trip, I am planning on just bringing my carry-on suitcase, my backpack, and a medium suitcase. We’ll see how that works out. I have already planned what I am going to pack in each of them so I am thinking it will work out great. Plus I got these awesome packing cubes.
I also like to pack all of my electronics with me on my carry-ons.
It’s just difficult because in the other countries that I have been to, they don’t have my clothing size so I always overpack. But I think next time if I need stuff abroad, I will have to figure something else out.
So, I have made a packing list when moving abroad based on what I’ve brought with me when I travel.
I have back problems and just about everything else wrong with my body so I always like to bring extra sneakers and buy sneakers with arch support or buy inserts. The ones that I have listed below I have tried and highly recommend!!
You can also exchange money before your trip if you are part of AAA. I’ve also used Bank of America.
Carry-On Items – Backpack
- Wallet (credit cards/cash/ID)
- Plane ticket (DUH!)
- Copy of passport(s), degree, TEFL certificate (1 of each)
- Hand sanitizer
- Reusable utensils/straw
- Power bank
- Headphones- AUX (to watch movies)
- Chargers (lightning, USB-C, USB micro)
- Water bottle
- Tissue pack (since some countries don’t use toilet paper)
Carry On Items – Suitcase
- Charger blocks
- HDMI cable
- HDMI adapter
- Underwear (7-9)
- Anti-theft purse
- Socks (8-9)
- Bras/Sports bras (6/7)
- Sneakers (2)
- New Balance
- Brooks Addiction Walker – I’ve tried both one and two and liked the first ones better.
- Sandals (2)
- Vionic Women’s Colleen Adjustable Backstrap Sandal (below) – I bought mine in coral and love them
- Nike Tanjun Women’s Sandals or Owaysis- I like to Owaysis more. They are super comfortable and can be used in the water.
- Water shoes – I bought these in blue before I went to Thailand and loved them. I have also seen these before but have never tried them, they seem pretty handy though.
- Leggings (5)
- Shorts (3)
- T-shirts (5)
- Dress shirts (5-8)
- Dress pants (2)
- Dress skirts (2)
- Dresses (3)
- Pair of jeans (one black & one blue)
- Bathing suit (2)
- Tank tops (3)
Documents – in suitcase
- TEFL Certificate
- Copies of passport(s) (3)/degree (2)/TEFL certificate (2)
- Lightning to AUX plug
- Headphones (lightning)
- Resistance bands
- Pictures- I printed some out at CVS so I can hang them around my apartment or wherever I stay
- Vaultz Locking Pouch– I like to put all of my important documents in here (passports, IDs, cash, cards that I don’t use). I hook it up to something that can’t be moved easily. Obviously, it’s not 10000% theft-proof but it still puts me at ease.
- Flip flops (1) (used for showering)
- Dansko Women’s Peggy Waterproof Outdoor Sneaker – I LOVE these. I brought them to Korea with me and they were great for hiking and for when it rained.
- Nail clippers/nail filer/nail polish/remover
- Other face products that are over 3.4 oz. (100 mm)
- Shoe inserts for arch support
I can’t wait to use this packing list when moving abroad. Instead of having a bunch of lists everywhere in either Google Docs or email, I can just find this page and it will make my life a whole lot easier.