The Ultimate Packing List For The UK
Woo, you’re off to the great old United Kingdom! Packing for a sustained time abroad can be stressful, especially if you’re coming from somewhere completely different in the world. So, to make it easier, we’ve written up a little guide to make it that much easier for you! Now, sit back and focus on bragging about it to your friends, because we’ve got the packing part covered!
- A phone. We say that like our phones aren’t semi attached to us nowadays, but before going abroad it may be worth checking to see if you have any upgrades available! Your phone is not only the best way to keep in touch with friends both home and abroad, but with DSLR camera’s not always being convenient to carry around, your phone is probably where most of your fantastic shots abroad will be taken!
- An adaptor or two. Unfortunately, different countries insist on having different plugs and that can easily derail any time abroad! While the UK uses the three-prong outlet, your best bet is probably to pick up a worldwide adaptor in the store. That way, you’ll be covered no matter where you end up! Some even have USB sockets on the side for convenience.
- A powerbank. With you probably spending more time exploring than studying, you won’t exactly be near a wall socket too often. Therefore, it may be useful to carry a powerbank with you to keep your electronics all juiced up!
- From deadlines to directions and day trip ideas to inspirational thoughts, you can never go wrong with a notebook.
- Postcards, letters or photos. In terms of decorating your room, you can never really go wrong with postcards and photos from home. As any study abroad student would testify, there will be moments where you miss everyone, and having those pictures is a great way to remember to keep in touch with them all! On my year abroad, I ended up hanging them from fairy lights around the room to finish off the decorations.
- Honestly, when it comes to things like food, makeup and other such things, I would recommend just picking them up in the UK. Unless you use a very specific brand or are addicted to a certain flavour of skittles (for example) then the chances are that you’ll find it there no problem!
- In terms of clothes, unfortunately while the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plane, in the UK, it tends to fall on us students! While this means that your summer wardrobe won’t get much of a look-in, it does mean that there’s a long autumn and winter. So, you may want to pack a couple of extra cardigans, jumpers and jeans as well, as bringing that extra thick winter coat!
- And finally… a flag! A couple of years ago I spotted some Canadians at my school getting everyone that had a drink with them into their apartment to sign a Canadian flag and it seemed like a damn good idea – so I stole it for my own year abroad! Now that I’m back home, I have a flag hanging up full of great quotes from my friends abroad. It is a little cheesy but it’s a great way to remember the year!
So, there you go! Tick these off as you’re packing and you’re set! Keep us all updates on your study abroad experience on Instagram and the Rakbo forums!