Preparing for international travel is exciting – but can be daunting. Especially when you know you are flying abroad to study and don’t know when you’ll be back. There’s so much you need to do before travelling and so many things to pack.
In this article – we’re giving you the ultimate study abroad travel checklist to study abroad. To help you with planning, we are writing this article in countdown fashion – starting 3 weeks before your scheduled date of departure.
Before you actually begin packing or preparing to travel, you need to first make a checklist of things you need to do. This includes the following tasks:
At this point, you may also want to meet relatives one last time before you fly abroad.
You should start packing at least two weeks before you travel abroad to give yourself sometime to gather everything before you travel. Here is a standard checklist of things you may want to consider carrying:
Remember to check the baggage restrictions and weight limits imposed by your airline. Also, consider researching the local culture and customs of your destination as there could be additional items you need to pack based on your personal preferences and needs.
Along with a list of things to carry, here is a list of what NOT to carry when flying abroad:
Books are very large and heavy. Most airlines only allow 23 – 25 kg of check in baggage. Thus carrying books occupies unnecessary space which should instead be used for other essentials.
Most countries have stringent restrictions on the food which can be brought from other countries. Rather than going to your destination country’s tedious rules, its best to not carry any food at all. We guarantee you will find a wide variety of snacks at the airport and most of your favorite food at a supermarket abroad.
Liquid is not allowed on flights. Instead, you can drink water at the airport or can ask the cabin crew in flight to give you water. Other liquid items such as sanitizers, oil or shampoo too are not allowed when travelling. If you must carry them, take small-sized ones and store them in the check-in bag – NOT in your carry-on luggage.
One week before your travel, do the following:
On the day of travel, you should aim to reach the airport at least three hours before the scheduled departure of your flight. Don’t eat anything heavy on the day you travel.
Before you leave your house, make sure that you have carried your passport, tickets and phone. Do fully charge your phone before leaving and take your mobile charger and portable charger with you.
That’s it! You’re set to fly now.
If you have additional questions about travelling abroad, need help with arranging a travel card or have any questions regarding the study abroad process, feel free to contact us. Our counsellors would be happy to help!