The Final Countdown: How To Prepare to Study Abroad

As you get ready for your semester abroad, there are a lot of little things that you need to do. From organizing travel documents to adjusting your electronics, it's difficult to keep track of everything that you need to do before you leave. Here’s a guide on how to spend your last 10 days at home, to ensure that you accomplish all necessary tasks!

10 Days Left…

When you reach the day that marks ten days until you leave for what will be the best adventure of your life, make sure that you have the right sized luggage. Check airline websites that you anticipate using a lot while abroad, such as Easy Jet, for details on what type of carry-on luggage you can bring aboard the flight at no cost to you!

9 Days Left…

After checking that you have the right luggage, head to your local phone store to check out the international plans that will allow you to use your own phone overseas. If you plan to purchase a sim card abroad, ensure that your phone is unlocked (if you have an iPhone) before you leave America. 

8 Days Left…

Now that you have a cell phone that you can use abroad, go visit your bank and make sure that your credit or debit cards are set up to be used abroad. Don’t want mom and dad to get a call every time you buy something abroad! Also, look into pre-exchanging currency before you leave. It is possible to order foreign currencies while still in the U.S. to avoid confusion and stress when you first arrive.

7 Days Left…

One week to go! Now is the time that you should probably begin to pack, if you haven't started already. Get your clothing together, and don’t forget the little things, like socks, scarves and other accessories. Pro-tip: save space in your suitcase by packing in vacuum seal bags. 

 

 6 Days Left…

Get those travel documents ready, because you’re leaving this week. Make sure to compile all of the documents you will need, such as your passport, visa (if applicable), and any other papers you will need for your school.

 

5 Days Left…

With 5 days left, consider your carry-on luggage. It’s usually hard to fit a computer, books and of course, travel candy- so do it early! Leave time to switch around your bag a few times in case you find one that works better. And remember, pick a bag that’s comfy and easy to carry. 

passport; All Things Abroad

4 Days Left…

Final countdown! Start to check out your school’s website, if you haven’t done so already. This will help you to know what to expect when you arrive, and of course will get you excited!

3 Days Left…

Getting closer! Make sure you’ve figured out how you will get from the airport to where you are living. Try to coordinate with anyone else you know going.

2 Days Left…

Go to your favorite places and see friends before you take off!

1 Day Left!!!

You've made it! Spend your last day at home relaxing and of course getting exciting for what will be the best semester yet! Have a safe flight!