One personal item, one carry on, and one checked bag. These are the pieces of luggage that I need to fit four months of my life into. As with many other parts of the interning abroad preparation process I needed to do research, even on packing! Here is some good advice I uncovered:
Pack with a color scheme. Everything MUST match with everything else.
Create a pre-pack list of all the things you want to bring. (Do this weeks in advance.)
Ask for advice on packing.
Practice packing all pieces of luggage. (This can be fun, or heartbreaking.)
Be sure to add all your important items. (Prescriptions, adaptors, school books, travel documents, etc.)
It is going to be tough living out of a suitcase. Not only because it doesn’t offer a lot of variety, but because I want to look professional. In Co-op prep we were told to make sure you always dress the part. When living on a limited wardrobe you can look the part, but a fair amount of the time you will have to repeat.
What’s more is that I am saying goodbye, getting my affairs in order, and setting out alone. There are many small details which can be overlooked when observing the bigger picture. I have another list. This one has suggestions to consider when prepping to leave for a long time period:
Personal matters - Do tell your friends your leaving.
Professional matters - Do let any employers know what’s happening (seasonal leave/giving notice).
Health matters - Be sure to go the doctor or dentist before you leave and have all your prescriptions in order.
Assorted matters: Going to the DMV, registering to vote absentee (Pretty important election coming up if you haven’t heard.), cell phone coverage (I was advised to suspend domestic and pick up a burner in Europe), shopping (because when don’t I have another excuse to do that).
So my affairs are (mostly) in order. My goodbyes are happening. Very soon I’ll set out alone. Well, not completely alone. I still have that personal item, carry on, and suitcase.
If you want more information on studying abroad at LIM head to our study abroad page.