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Packing and Baggage

Baggage allowance for overseas flights varies according to airline and destination. Items over the limit may be charged an excess baggage fee, or you may be required to remove items and leave them behind. Check with your airline for rates.

Mark all luggage inside and out with your name and destination address. Keep a list of what is in each bag and keep that list with you. This will aid in making an insurance claim if your luggage is lost.

Travel LIGHT!!! You are responsible for carrying your own luggage so be sure to take only what you can carry yourself. Throughout your travels you will likely encounter many steps and public transportation systems that will be harder to navigate if you are loaded down with luggage.
You should wear comfortable clothes which are appropriate in your host culture. The weather may be colder or hotter than in New Orleans, so remember to check the weather before you go.  Bear in mind seasonal changes. Think layers!
Remember you will buy things, and your bags will come back heavier. It is a good idea to take clothes that you are willing to leave behind at the end of your study!
"Pack light and have good luggage that does not tear."
Eliana McCafferey, Studied Abroad in France

What to carry with you on the plane:
  • Airplane ticket
  • Passport and visa and other important documents (birth certificate)
  • International Student Identity Card if recommended 
  • Letter of acceptance/verification of participation in a study abroad program
  • Health insurance card, claim form, any medical alert information
  • Destination Information (name of resident director, address, telephone number, housing information)  Know what to do when you arrive, where to go even if your flight is delayed.
  • Money, cash, credit cards, debit cards and/or pre-paid travel cards - bring multiple ways to access money and funds in case of emergency!
  • All prescription medicines in their original bottles with copies of prescriptions
  • One change of clothes
  • Reading material
  • Computer/phone

What to pack:
  • Comfortable walking shoes!!!
  • Clothes appropriate for the climate for your entire time abroad.  Look at average temperatures, highs/lows and the average rainfall.
  • Financial Aid documentation
  • A neck or waist pouch that will hold currency, a passport, and credit cards safely.
  • Photos of home, family, friends etc.
  • Small gifts to give to your host
  • Fold up umbrella
  • A towel for travel
  • Basic medical kit – See details at the CDC website
  • Small appliances that have dual voltage or run on batteries. You may need to purchase “adapter” plugs to modify the flat prongs (used in the U.S.) to prong shapes used in other countries. Check here to see what you need

Make sure you check CURRENT security regulations for carry-ons and airline restrictions for checked luggage.

What to leave at home:
  • Most of your clothes!!!
  • Most electronics (check voltage)
  • Bedding (except in certain situations when it has been recommended by your program.)

Revised 8/16/2018