Studying abroad: Spring semester packing

 One late evening January 3rd this year (2018) I was frantically jumping on my suitcase to get it to close. I was going on an exchange trip with the Erasmus program and I was terrified of not bringing with me enough stuff.  I had packet one large suitcase, one large duffel bag and a medium sized backpack.

Now, after 4 months and a trip back home during Easter I realize that I probably over packed and could have saved myself a lot of stress. So I thought I’d make a post for all you other students thinking of studying abroad during your studies.

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Some clarifications:

  • I am in a long distance relationship, meaning I fly a lot. This has given me a silver membership with SAS which gives me an extra luggage to check in with every trip in addition to the one luggage I pay for on my ticket. Keep in mind that an extra luggage will probably cost more money. I’ve made the main list for 1 suitcase and a larger carry-on and an additional list if you have more room/an extra suitcase.
  • My stay was only for the spring semester in the UK, if you are going somewhere for a longer duration or somewhere hotter/colder – keep that in mind!

Jackets:

  • One larger and warmer jacket for January until March/April
  • One coat for milder days
  • Raincoat
  • A light jacket: denim/bomber*

Top:

  • 4 T-shirts
  • 3 Tank tops
  • 4 Knit/warmer sweaters
  • 4 lighter sweaters
  • 2 cardigans
  • 1 hoodie

Bottom:

  • 4 Trousers (this depends on if you like jeans or other types of trousers the best)
  • 2 Sweatpants/leggings/yoga pants for lazy days
  • 2 shorts*
  • 2 skirts

Dresses:

  • 2 Casual dresses (increase/decrease depending on how much you wear casual dresses)

Dressing up:

  • 3 Outfits for going out you enjoy and can mix and match
  • 1 Dinner/formal outfit (just in case)

Workout clothes:

  • As many sports bras/tops/trousers as days you workout
  • 1 Pair gym shoes

Underwear:

  • Underwear and socks for 2 weeks
  • Warm leggings and socks for the colder months
  • 1 Swimming costume*

Shoes:

  • 1 Pair sneakers
  • 1 Pair ballerina shoes
  • 1 Pair hiking/winter boots
  • 1 Pair heeled boots
  • 1 Pair going out heels
  • 1 Pair sandals*
  • 1 Pair rain boots**

Other wearables:

  • 1 Scarf
  • 1 Beanie
  • 1 Pair of gloves
  • 1 Pair sunglasses
  • 2 Purses
  • 2 Tote bags

Toiletries***:

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Deoderant
  • Bodylotion
  • Face creams
  • Make up
  • Hairbrush
  • Raizors
  • Perfume
  • Nail polish/remover
  • Face wash
  • Tweezers
  • Hairproducts
  • All kinds of medication you have a prescription on (medicine, birth control, etc)****

Electronics:

  • 2 Adapters if the country you’re traveling to has a different plug than yours
  • 1 Phone charger
  • CAMERA/charger(you’ll regret not bringing it if you have one)

For your room*****:

  • 1 Large towel
  • 1 Medium towel
  • 1 Face towel
  • 1 Set of bedding
  • Hangers
  • 1 Blanket
  • 1 Fork
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Spoon
  • 1 Bowl
  • Teddy bear if you want to bring something for homesickness

Carry-on:

  • 1 Book
  • 1 Phone charger
  • 1 Adapter
  • 1 Water bottle
  • Portable charger/s
  • Your laptop/charger
  • Exchange documents
  • Travel insurance
  • Credit cards******

Handbag:

  • Passport
  • Plane ticket
  • Phone
  • Headphones
  • Wallet
  • Non-passport ID
  • List of your exchange uni information (cell number and contact person)
  • Local emergency currency

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*If you are visiting home before the weather becomes warmer you can switch out your warmer clothes with this and not bring it all at once.

**Recommended if you’re going somewhere rainy and don’t have water resistance boots.

***I recommend you take with you what you have at home so not to waste it because you can buy all that at your exchange country.

****Make sure you collect the amount of prescription medication you need for your whole stay and documents to validate your usage of them if needed.

*****Some unis have deals where you can order room/bathroom/kitchen packages that will be in your room at your arrival – do some research to see if it will be worth it.

******I recommend bringing an extra credit card for another account or the same to store in your room in case you lose your wallet at some point. That way you don’t have to go days(maybe weeks) without cash because you need to wait for your new one.

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I hope this will help all of you who are going on exchange, and of course I hope you have a good trip!

Let me know if you’re going on exchange and if you use the list! And if you’ve already been on exchange and disagree/agree I’d love to hear your opinion!

World environmental day og 20 miljøtips

Hipp hipp hurra i dag er det world environmental day! Så i den anledning tok jeg fatt i sykkelen min og syklet til butikken i stedet for å ta bussen.

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I januar, siste året på vgs, bodde jeg akkurat langt nok fra skolen til at det var greit å ta buss, men interessen min for miljøvennlige tiltak økte kraftig fordi jeg hadde gått over til en vegansk diett. Derfor utfordret jeg meg til å ikke ta bussen i hele Januar 2013. Så da var det opp hver morgen kl. 05:30 for å tråkke meg til skolen. Noen dager var det slitsomt pga. rein eller sludd, men følelsen av å ha fullført 1. Februar er det lite som kan slå!

Denne uken har jeg endelig skaffet meg en ny sykkel og det føles deilig å kjenne vinden i håret og melkesyren i lårene. Jeg gleder meg til det blir enda litt varmere og litt mindre skyer for da skal virkelig sykkelen få slitt seg ut!

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Tilbake til world environmental day så tenkte jeg at jeg kunne dele 20 tips og triks jeg forsøker å holde meg til for å være bittelitt mer miljøvennlig.

  1. Buss før bil og sykkel før buss – når det er mulig
  2. Foreslår menstural cup i stedet for bind og tamponger! Jeg har min fra OrganiCup
  3. Få regningene dine på mail i stedet for på papir i posten
  4. Gå innom Fretex før andre klesbutikker, jeg har funnet mange fine ting der, blandt annet en av mine favoritt jakker
  5. Egen kaffekopp i stedet for pappkopper er veldig greit når du skal ha din daglige kaffekopp fra kafeèn
  6. Plantebasert kosthold! Et kilo kjøtt trenger utrolig mye mer vann en ett kilo korn
  7. Kjøp klær og sko i gode materialer, invester, så slipper du å kjøpe flere ganger i året
  8. Resirkuler
  9. Dusj raskere og med kaldere vann
  10. Skru ned temperaturen i huset, ta heller på deg en cardigan
  11. Skaff deg en vannflaske i stål eller glass, så slipper du å kjøpe nye i plast
  12. Sørg for å bruke all maten din før den blir dårlig, eventuelt frys det! Matavfall er et stort problem i verden
  13. Handlenett er prima
  14. Pakk lunsjen din hjemme og ta den med i beholdere, da sparer du penger, matavfall og eventuelt plast som kommer rundt din kjøpte lunsj
  15. Ikke kast klær, gi dem heller til Fretex så jeg kan kjøpe dem 🙂
  16. Tenk deg om tre ganger før du kjøper noe nytt, kanskje du ikke egentlig trenger det?
  17. Vaske syltetøyglassene dine og bruk de til på nytt igjen
  18. Bruk eddik til vask i stedet for andre vaskemidler
  19.  Unngå polyester, det etterlater fiber etter vask
  20. Lufttørk hår og klær, det er bedre for begge deler 😉 

Jeg må også tipse om Stine Friis sin blogg. Hun blogger og vlogger hver dag om hvordan hun forsøker å minimere sine merker på miljøet, gå og følg henne på blogg og youtube!

Har du noen gode tips til meg kanskje? 🙂