EXCHANGE SURVIVAL TIPS ✈: PACKING LISTFriday, December 12, 2014
Hello! I've been receiving so many emails regarding my international exchange lately so I thought I would just write about all the tips and tricks i've learnt when it comes to surviving exchange!
I'm sure all of you are super excited about going for your trips, because trust me, those 4-5 months are gonna be the best days of your life!
So here's a little background about my exchange, I am attending the university in Grenoble, France, and prior to the start of school in early September, I travelled around the UK for 2 weeks.
Temperatures may vary depending on the place you are going, but it is more or less the same, you will definitely need a mixture of items for the warmer (spring/summer) and colder (fall/winter) seasons. If you are visiting a place that's gonna be extremely cold ie Sweden, then please bring more winter clothing, those that can tide you through the bitter winter!
So here goes:
2 sets of thermal wear, top and bottom
3 pairs of winter socks
1 winter coat, preferably one that is sturdy and good.
1 leather jacket
3 cardigans, for layering
3 sweaters / long sleeve tops
4 pairs of jeans (1 black, 1 white, 1 denim, 1 beige - PS. you don't have to bring that many)
2 pairs of thermal leggings
2 pairs of gloves
2 scarves (preferably of different colours)
1 pair of winter boots
2 sets of PJs
3 pairs of shorts (1 white, 1 black, 1 denim - again, you don't have to bring so many)
3 pairs of skirts (different colours, can be worn in the winter with thermal leggings)
3 summer tops
2 pairs of ankle socks
1 pair of walking shoes (if you're gonna be walking a lot, opt for comfy ones)
& undergarments of course! As for clothes, you can always buy more when you're there.
And if you're going to a place in Europe, shopping is pretty amazing, contrary to popular belief. Winter clothes and necessities are also a lot cheaper there than in SG, so don't lug your entire wardrobe there if you can resist it.
I know how hard it can be ><
Also, do note that you don't have to bring as many pairs of jeans/skirts/shorts as I did. I simply brought all of them with me because I knew I was going to be taking advertorials here, and my bottoms are usually specially tailored to fit my waist and hips.
1 small bottle of shampoo (you can buy a big bottle when you settle in)
1 small bottle of body wash
1 small bottle of hair conditioner (if you use)
1 small bottle of body lotion
1 small bottle of facial wash
1 small bottle of shaving cream
1 personal razor (if you shave)
1 small bottle of facial moisturiser (bring a huge one if you're unsure about finding one there)
2 thin towels
If you are used to using certain products like myself, and are convinced that you can't find it in the place you are heading to, then bring a huge bottle! You don't want to be stuck with products that do not work on you, especially skincare items :) Otherwise, bring travel sized bottles, they should be enough to last you through your travels before you settle in.
But ofc, if you are travelling for a long time before school starts, then please bring more!
Make Up (for the girls)
1 BB Cream
2 Concealers (I use 2 different ones)
2 Blush (2 different shades of course)
1 Eyeshadow palette (I brought my NARS palette that is small, compact and has every colour i need)