There’s nothing like a summer abroad in Europe, including the adventure of packing for a trip that is several weeks in length. We put together a packing guide, tailored to the Forum Europe Summer 2017: 9 Cities in 5 Weeks program, and recommended by longtime FN staffers. This list promotes light, efficient packing for hot to mild climates and everything in between. Feel free to customize this list of recommendations to your own personal needs and comforts. More packing tips and tricks to come!
-Casual attire for sightseeing, traveling, nightlife
-Casual professional attire for class
-Business casual attire for professional visits (recommended 5-8 outfits)
-Cocktail attire for graduation ceremony in Rhodes
-Active wear for swimming, hiking, exercising, etc.
-Comfortable walking shoes
-Comfortable dress shoes
-1 light jacket *bring a rain jacket for multi-purpose wear
Insider tip: 30 days on the road does not mean that 30 different outfits are needed. Mix and match clothes and pack light! Laundromats are available in each destination – use them to your advantage!
-tooth brush & toothpaste
-Advil/Tylenol and any prescriptions
-hair styling tools (straightener, curling iron)
Insider tip: There is a hair dryer in every hotel available by request
-feminine products, if applicable
Insider tip: Most toiletries will be available at local markets and stores. Save room and buy the essentials once you make it to the first destination.
-One notebook/binder with paper
-Writing utensils (pens, pencils, highlighters)
Insider tip: A laptop/tablet is recommended but not absolutely necessary
-Converters/adapters for all electronic items
-Chargers for electronics
-Euros *We recommend bringing 150-200 euros upon arrival
-One bag/backpack and/or purse
-Copies of credit cards, IDs, etc.
Non-essential, but useful items
-A small fold-up umbrella
-Fold-up plastic bag for grocery shopping
-A hat for shade while walking around and sightseeing
-Neck pillow for travel (insider recommendation)
-Portable charger/battery pack
-Laundry detergent packets (can be purchased at markets)
-Water bottle for refilling
-roll clothing, instead of folding
-pack clothing items that are easy to mix and match
-place the heaviest items at the bottom (nearest to wheels) of the suitcase to properly balance weight
-leave 10-25% of your suitcase empty – depending on how much you plan to shop
-Bring a small Febreze bottle or dryer sheets to keep items in suitcase smelling fresh
-Hygienic items can be purchased at any time during the trip. Some things like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. are provided by hotels.
-Keep essential items in your carry-on bag
Keep in mind…
-Most airlines have strict baggage policies. Check with each booked airline before packing/buying extra items to bring home.
-Each Forum-Nexus students is permitted one suitcase and one “carry-on” bag
-Pack light! You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
Suitcase: Maximum length: 26″ (66 cm), Maximum width: 20″ (51 cm), Maximum height: 12′ (30 cm). Combined length + width + height cannot exceed 40″ (102 cm). The weight should not exceed 40 lbs (9 kg).
Carry-on: Combined length + width + height cannot exceed 40″ (102 km). The weight should not exceed 20 lbs (9 kg).
Happy packing! Europe, here we come.