Before you end up too excited to not be able to think straight, take some time out to research and plan. Here are 3 key things you should make sure of while packing before you step out of the door on the day of your departure.
1. How much luggage does the airline which you are traveling by allow as check-in luggage? As hand luggage? Do students receive any special concessions?
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Make sure you check the official website of the airline for details. Contact them by email or phone at least one week in advance so that you don’t end up in a frenzy the day before you have to leave. Don’t rely on so-called agents! Weigh your bags before you leave for the airport and pack at least 2 kg less per bag than what the airlines allow. Also, make sure you are respecting the policy of the airlines regarding the quantity of liquid allowed in hand luggage. Better safe than sorry!
2. What kind of weather will greet you at your destination? Is it worth packing clothes from home?
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There’s no point in packing summer clothes from home when you will be staying in a place that has temperatures below 12 degrees for ten months during a year. In fact, you are better off not packing any winter clothes, either. It is recommended that you shop for coats, boots, gloves, etc. when you arrive at your destination. Buying winter clothes from a tropical country may not serve the purpose. Hence, save the money and space!
Also read: 3 Things You Must Pack in Your Hand Luggage
3. Are you the kind of person who just throws clothes in your bag? Or do you carefully fold each piece?
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Packing is merely a fragment of the story, but one that can give you a headache if you are not well prepared for it. Make sure you remain alert. Get the best deals applicable for students from trusted airlines, compare prices of products in your home country versus the destination city to finalize what you should carry along with you and what not, and talk to seniors and relatives who have either been through the same situation as you or are living in your destination country. Doing so will ensure that you are able to carry all the necessary items required to begin college life in a new place with ease and confidence.
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Written by Priyanshi Sheth
"Namaste!" from a creative, Indian soul who aims to keep herself motivated as she writes, travels, photographs, and thereby, shares her knowledge.