As I am preparing to travel abroad to Ireland for a month, I have accumulated a few tips from my previous adventures abroad. The first few steps are setting up the logistics of going overseas. You should make sure to have a valid passport (that won’t expire within the next six months); have a booked flight (generally, you can find the cheapest options on Tuesdays and Sundays); check what type of currency is used (you can order some from your bank in the US beforehand).

After all of the logistics are settled, now it is time to search what the climate will be for the country you are visiting. This will help you know what types of outfits you should pack and what shoes to bring. Always make sure to research the weather in the months that you will be there. Ireland specifically, is typically rainy and chilly during the spring-into-summer months! I packed several water-proof layers and shoes to accomidate this type of weather. I also recommend packing layers because the wind makes the day chillier, but when it is not blowing, it gets warmer.

Apart from packing clothes, I made a list of a few random items that have greatly helped me in my past trips abroad.

  • Bag weight scale (to weigh your suitcase)
  • Travel hangers
  • Travel clothes line (most places don’t use dryer machines)
  • A set of travel toiletries (for weekend trips)
  • Backpack
  • Tote bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Detergent pods
  • Neck Pillow
  • Blanket

Another tip that I follow is to bring an empty/slightly empty carry-on. This will give you space for any souvenirs that you may want to bring back.

Most of what you pack for study abroad varies depending on the length and place of your stay. Not everyone will need the same items, so research packing lists that pertain to your specific accomadations!

-Julia Kirkland