We are only a few weeks from our European summer abroad beginning! Here is a guide in preparing and packing for the Forum-Nexus summer, recommended by alumni. Feel free to customize this list of recommendations to your own personal needs.

Packing for Europe: Essential

  • Clothing

-Casual attire for sightseeing, traveling, nightlife

-Casual professional attire for class

-Business casual attire for professional visits (recommended 8 outfits)

-One nice outfit for graduation ceremony in Rhodes

-Active attire for swimming, exercising, etc.

-Comfortable walking shoes

-Comfortable dress shoes

-Tennis shoes

-1 light jacket (tip:bring a rain jacket for multi-purpose ware)

*Keep in mind there will be laundromats at most stops to wash clothing*

  • Toiletries:

-tooth brush/tooth paste

-hair brush/comb

-contact/glasses care

-Advil/Tylenol and any prescriptions

-razor/shaving cream

-straightener/curling iron


-body wash*

-feminine products (girls)*

*Most toiletries will be available at local markets and stores. Save room and pack light!

  • Class supplies:

-One notebook/binder with paper

-Writing utensils

-Required textbooks

  • Miscellaneous:

-Converters/Adapters for all electronic items

-Charges for electronics

-Money converted to Euros

-One bag/backpack/purse


-Copies of credit cards, IDs, etc.

Packing for Europe: Non-Essential

-Shower shoes (rubber flip flops)

-A small fold up umbrella

-Fold up plastic bag for grocery shopping



-1 hat for shade while walking around and sightseeing

-Laptop/Tablet/iPad recommended for classwork and personal use

-Hand sanitizer


-Neck pillow for travel

-Portable charger/battery pack

-Water bottle for refilling

-Travel journal

-Laundry detergent packets (or these can be purchased)

-iPod/MP3 player

A few things to remember:

Each student is permitted one suitcase and one side bag. Please reference the Forum-Nexus Pre-Orientation Summer Packet for weight and height guidelines. Pack light! You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. Also, save room for souvenirs and gifts purchased. And finally, don’t sweat it! Feel free to ask any Forum-Nexus staff members additional questions or tips about packing.