As you prepare to pack for your overseas experience, be sensible and aim to travel light. Keep in mind that airlines have luggage weight restrictions, so check before you pack. Also, storage space may be very limited in your housing, so plan accordingly. Choose comfortable items, and remember to leave room for photographs of family and friends, and for things you might purchase while you’re overseas!
Since clothing styles differ all over the world, there is no way to generalize what one should or should not wear. Do not bring delicate and/or expensive clothing; instead pack clothes that do not require much care or drying time. Keep in mind that if you wear layers of clothes, you can adjust to changes in the temperature quickly. Make sure to pack comfortable clothes and shoes for everyday wear, but also take at least one dressier outfit for special occasions.
+ Internship students may need conservative business outfits for the work place.
+ Students in self-catered housing may need to buy towels, bedsheets &/or cooking utensils.
At the Airport
Check your airline’s website for the most recent regulations on luggage weight, size, and number of pieces. In general, you are allowed three pieces of luggage on most flights (two to check in, one to carry on board with you). Keep one change of clothes, toiletries, identification (passport, visas, ID card, etc.), and any medication in your carry-on luggage in case your checked-in luggage is delayed or lost. Make sure all your suitcases and carry-on bags have nametags with the address of your program study center. Please do not lock your checked baggage; if you wish to do so, use a TSA Accepted and Recognized Lock to ensure that it will not be broken. For a list of accepted locks and for more travel information, please visit the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) website.
The country of your destination will likely be on a different voltage system, so keep in mind that most American electrical appliances will have to be used with an adapter and voltage converter. You can buy adapters and converters in the US prior to your departure or in the country of your destination. In many cases, it is easier, cheaper and safer to just buy the needed appliances abroad (the one exception being your laptop – before you leave the U.S., visit an electronics/computer store to purchase appropriate converters and other accessories).
Shipping Your Items Overseas
Since shipping is very expensive, the best alternative is to pack modestly, with no more than two suitcases. Remember: if you can’t carry it, don’t take it! If you decide to ship items to your study abroad destination, it may take longer to arrive than expected. Do not ship materials you will need within the first two weeks of your arrival.
Insurance for Personal Property
You should make sure that your personal effects are insured under your travel insurance, an existing homeowner’s policy, or separately. Fordham cannot be responsible for the loss or theft of personal effects such as clothes, cameras, laptop computers, sports equipment, jewelry, etc.