Excited for your upcoming study abroad or international travel adventure? Good for you! Nervous and unsure of what to bring? Don’t worry – here are the top five things to bring that will make traveling a breeze!
Students traveling internationally, especially for extended periods of time, often travel with large, rolling suitcases. But what about weekend getaways or day trips? You’re going to need a good backpack. Don’t bother with a rolling bag – sometimes where you’re headed, the roads are cobbled or just dirt, making a rolling backpack pretty much useless. Plus, a backpack can count as one of your carry-ons – saving you time and money at the airport.
Remember that your new backpack needs to follow airline regulations. Don’t go any bigger than a 30L backpack. Plus, you’ll be carrying your backpack, so make sure it isn’t weighing you down while you’re traveling from city to city, country to country.
Some backpacks feature security pockets and waterproof covers. Try to find a backpack with these key features. You can stow valuables and – depending on what time of year you’re traveling – keep them dry, too.
Himal, High Sierra, Everest, and Coleman are just a few of the many brands that have lightweight, water resistant backpacks for hiking and traveling. Find one and find your best traveling companion!
4. Money Belt
Ensure that you have the best possible travel experience, and be proactive against pickpockets. Money belts are worn under your clothing, and hold your traveling essentials like your passport, visas, bank/credit cards or boarding passes. If you take out a lot of cash before a busy day of sightseeing and shopping, transfer the money from your wallet to the belt. You save yourself a major headache if your wallet gets stolen, but your valuables are safe inside your money belt!
3. Medicine / First Aid
Traveling is one of the most amazing things we can do, but it isn’t always easy on our bodies. Between late flights, germy airports, exotic food and long, long days, you may require vitamins or other medications. Save yourself the trouble of finding a pharmacy and pack some medicinal essentials. Pain-relievers, antacids, and even a few band-aids will go a long way on a busy trip, so pack a few of each.
If you’re going to do any long-term traveling in Europe, the best advice I can give is to buy a railpass ahead of time. A railpass will allow you to board the major railways and save money on expensive daily rates. A railpass is bought in daily increments, so purchase your pass based on the days you will be traveling.
While researching what railpass you’ll need for your trip, make sure you find out where your railpass can be mailed to. Eurorail may not be able to mail the railpass to your host country, so you may have to have it sent from home. Please account for that delay. You’ll have more money to spend in the places you visit and spend more time exploring than queuing, so get a railpass for your trip!
1. Positive Attitude
It may sound corny, but the number one thing you can bring while traveling is a positive attitude. Traveling never goes as planned – but that’s part of the fun! You’ll learn how to handle new situations as they arise, and nothing feels more empowering than figuring out a tough situation. You’ll have conquered language barriers, flight delays and confusing train schedules during your travels – and that’s a remarkable thing! If you look at everything you face when traveling as learning experiences, you’ll reach much better outcomes and enjoy your trip for what it is – a trip of a lifetime!