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How to Pack Strategically Without Compromising Your Style

by Breyanna Johnson

Packing can be stressful, especially when you are traveling to the other side of the world. You are probably asking yourself, “what in the world should I pack?” or “how much should I pack?” Think of it this way, less is more. The more luggage you have means more stuff to carry around, while the less luggage you have means easy travel and tons of memories.

Here are some tips on how to pack strategically for a study abroad experience without compromising your style:

1. Mix and Match

Pack clothes that all follow the same color scheme. This will not only make mixing and matching your outfits easy, but it will help with not exceeding the luggage requirement (one suitcase + one carry on). When choosing how many color schemes to roll with, stick with two. Having too many will only add more to your suitcase and make packing difficult. A set color scheme can be useful when packing shoes, as well as other accessories. In addition, be sure to pack an extra layer (jacket, hoodie, or sweater). Weather is so unpredictable and you don’t want to be the one unprepared.

2. Packing Cubes

These are a must have, seriously. I can not tell you how many times I used them and was able to pack everything I needed for vacations and school trips. They are great for organization, separating clean clothes from dirty clothes, and making space for souvenirs or clothes you may find along the way.  They come in a pack of six. In my opinion, that’s really all you need.

3. Create a List

AIFS does a great job with providing a list of things you will need for your program, so use it. Add to it by creating your own list. Lists in general go a long way in making sure you have everything you need and don’t need. Lets just say, if it is not on the list, don’t pack it.

4. One Suitcase + Carry on

Limit yourself to just one suitcase and one carry on — most airlines have this as a free bag limit anyway.  If you’re able to just bring one suitcase abroad, do it. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to wash your laundry, and buy new clothes. It was such a hassle during my trip to have to carry my luggage from place to place, especially since my program had the multi-city feature.

Luggage with four wheels is also very convenient and will just make your overall navigation through the airport hassle-free, therefore making you feel and look like a total boss. If you decide to bring both a carry-on and suitcase, pack the suitcase first. Once packed, rearrange the contents in your suitcase and put items in the carry-on that you will need for the flight. Whatever you do, don’t add more if there’s extra space!

Hopefully these tips have made the idea of packing less dreadful and a lot like clockwork.  Keep them in mind when preparing for your next adventure!

This post was contributed by Breyanna Johnson, who spent her summer studying abroad with AIFS on our Fashion Marketing & Merchandising multi-destination program.

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