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SUMMER ABROAD

Summer Abroad Packing Guide

The countdown to Forum Europe Summer 2018 is on!

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Preparing for a month (or longer) abroad may seem challenging, but don’t sweat it! Here is a guide for seamless packing, recommended by Forum-Nexus alumni. Feel free to customize this list to your own personal needs and preferences.

The Essentials

  • Clothing
    - Casual attire for sightseeing and traveling
    - Casual professional attire for class
    - Business casual attire for professional visits
    - Clothing for occasional cooler weather (ex: 1-2 pants, 1-2 sweaters or long sleeve shirts)
    - One nice outfit for the graduation ceremony in Rhodes
    - Active attire for swimming, exercising, etc.
    - Comfortable walking shoes
    - Comfortable dress shoes
    - Athletic shoes
    - Undergarments
    - Socks
    - 1 light jacket (consider a rain jacket for multi-purpose ware)

Pro-tip: There are laundromats in all host cities to wash clothing

  • Toiletries
    - Toothbrush and toothpaste
    - Brush/comb
    - Advil or Tylenol and any prescriptions
    - Razor/shaving cream
    - Hair products/hair styling tools*
    - Shampoo/conditioner**
    - Body wash**
    - Sunscreen
    - Feminine products

Pro-tip: Toiletries will be available at local markets and stores. Save room and pack light!
*Most hotels offer hair dryers
**All hotels offer travel-sized shampoo/conditioner and body wash/soap

  • Class supplies
    - One notebook or binder with paper
    - Writing utensils
    - Required textbooks
    - Pre-Program Assignment, printed to submit on the first day of class

Miscellaneous

- Converters/adapters for all electronic items
- Chargers for electronics
- Money converted to Euros (we recommend bringing 200-250 Euro to start with, and using an ATM for additional transactions once in Europe)
- Main credit/debit card and a backup card
- Passport
- Scanned copies of credit cards, IDs, passport, etc.

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Non-Essential Items to Consider Packing

- A small fold-up umbrella
- Fold-up plastic or cloth bag for grocery shopping
- Sunglasses
- 1 hat for shade while walking around and sightseeing
- Laptop/Tablet/iPad recommended for classwork and personal use
- Hand sanitizer
- Camera
- Neck pillow for travel
- Portable charger/battery pack
- Water bottle for refilling
- Travel journal
- Headphones
- Laundry detergent packets

Pro-tip: Many of these items can found at most markets and stores in host cities.

Our Favorite Travel Items

- External battery, for portable phone and smart device charging
- Water bottle with filter
- Converter/Adapters
- Microfiber towel, perfect for beach/day trips
- Instant photo camera
- Travel umbrella
- Sturdy travel gear

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How to Pack

- Each student is permitted one suitcase and one side bag. Weight and height guidelines are:
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- It’s best to roll items tightly to conserve as much space as possible. Start with bulky items like pants and jackets, roll them up, and place those items at the bottom of your bag, followed by lighter items on top.
- Save room for souvenirs and gifts to bring back home.
- The best tip we can offer? Pack light! You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
The adventure of a lifetime awaits you. Feel free to reach out to any Forum-Nexus staff member for additional questions or recommendations. Happy packing!

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Packing Guide: FN Europe 2016

Less than two months to go until we kick off another wonderful summer in Europe! Here is a basic packing guide to follow while preparing for the Forum-Nexus month-long summer program, recommended by FN alumni. Feel free to customize this list of recommendations to your own personal needs and comforts. More packing tips and tricks to come!

 You might want to think twice before leaving home without these items. Here’s our “packing for Europe Essentials” list:

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Clothing

-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 attire for swimming, exercising, etc.

-Comfortable walking shoes (really important!)

-Comfortable dress shoes

-Tennis shoes

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

*Insider tip: 30 days on the road does not mean 30 different outfits are needed. Mix and match clothes and pack light! Laundromats are available in each destination; use that to your advantage!

Toiletries

-tooth brush/toothpaste

-hair brush/comb

-contact/glasses care

-Advil/Tylenol and any prescriptions

-razor/shaving cream

-straightener/curling iron

*Insider tip: Hair dryers are available by request in each hotel

-shampoo/conditioner

-body wash

-feminine products, if applicable

*Insider tip: Most toiletries will be available at local markets and stores. Save room to pack light and buy once you make it to the first destination.

 Class supplies

-One notebook/binder with paper

-Writing utensils

-Required textbooks

NOTE: Laptop/tablet/reliable electronic device is recommended but not absolutely necessary

Miscellaneous

-Converters/Adapters for all electronic items

-Chargers for electronics

-Money for Euros (European currency)

*Insider tip: We recommend bringing 200-250 Euros upon arrival. The estimated cost for food is 25-30 per day.

-One bag/backpack/purse

-Passport

-Copies of credit cards, IDs, etc.

Still got a little room in the suitcase? Take a look at our “non-essential, but useful items” list:

-A small fold up umbrella

-Fold up plastic bag for grocery shopping

-Sunscreen

-Sunglasses

-1 hat for shade while walking around and sightseeing

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

*Insider tip: Bring a tablet instead of a laptop to save room and weight in suitcase. Again, a full functioning laptop is not absolutely mandatory.

-Hand sanitizer

-Camera

-Neck pillow for travel (major key!)

-Portable charger/battery pack

-Water bottle for refilling

-Travel journal

-Laundry detergent packets (can be purchased at markets)

-iPod/MP3 player

And a few things to remember…

 Each Forum-Nexus student is permitted one suitcase and one “carry-on” bag.

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).

Due to the size of our group, space for luggage is limited and strictly enforced.Please reference the Forum-Nexus Pre-Orientation Guide for more information. Pack light! You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. Also, save room for souvenirs and gifts purchased while abroad – you’re bound to pick up one or two unique things. And finally, don’t sweat it! Feel free to ask any Forum-Nexus staff member additional questions or for tips about packing.

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Forum Europe 2015 Packing Tips

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

-shampoo/conditioner*

-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

-Passport

-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

-Sunscreen

-Sunglasses

-1 hat for shade while walking around and sightseeing

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

-Hand sanitizer

-Camera

-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.

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Ready to go? Here are some helpful hints with packing and traveling…

Guest posting: from Amy Pace, Spring Intern with Forum-Nexus Study Abroad.

Hey there traveler’s looking to start packing but don’t have a clue where to start? Here are a few essentials and recommendations to get you started!

1. Securities and Keeping Details Safe

Scan your passport, passport photos and paper tickets (if not the e type) in. Store this (in an email for e.g.) in your web based email account. You can also store the details of your emergency ‘lost card’ telephone numbers in your web based email account so you know whom to contact if your credit card or ATM card is lost or stolen. This way, even if you lose everything, you have immediate access your all-important information. You can even email the details page of your passport to the embassy or consulate when applying for a new one.

2. Split up your valuables

Split up your bank cards, cash, travelers’ checks and credit cards as much as possible in different pockets, your bags and wallet when packing. In case you do get robbed, at least you won’t be strapped for cash.

3. Nalgene/Small Bottles

Use nalgene/small bottles to pack toiletries and other small items. There are several sturdy and (very nearly) waterproof ones, with clear/see through ones being preferable (easier for security purposes post August 2006). You can also use small bottles to repack shampoo or lotions so that you don’t have to always carry a big bottle with you. This is especially useful if you normally take these items in your carry-on luggage, which as of early 2007 is much more restricted than before

4. Backpack Tips

When you are packing things into a backpack, place the lighter items at the bottom and the heavier ones on top. Your bag will feel lighter this way as the pack rests on your lower back. It is also smart to place the things you use the most on top. Dirty clothes are perfect to pack at the bottom of a backpack.

5. Plastic Bags

It is always handy to have a few plastic bags around certain items, especially toiletries. Not only does it counter any leaking, the bags can also come in useful to keep dirty clothes in, as garbage bags or even as a makeshift umbrella. Ziploc or other airtight plastic bags are the best.

6. Pack in Plastic

Pack everything in clear plastic bags (preferably zip lock), divided into items e.g. underwear, t-shirts, shorts etc. before packing in your suitcase or backpack. One plastic bag for each type of clothing. This is extremely useful in various ways. When you unpack your bag you just take out a series of bags and you can see immediately what you want. So an overnight stay somewhere just means taking 1 item out of a bag – no rummaging!! In addition, if you have to unpack at customs etc, instead of having to disgorge all your clothing etc out in front of everybody, you can calmly take maybe 5/6 bags out, the contents of which can be clearly seen by the officials. To repack then is also dead easy. Just be sure not to leave your plastic bags lying around if you are travelling in nature!

7. Clothes

Pack only what you know you will use and if you are travelling for more than three weeks, plan to wash on the road.

8. Separate Beach Bag

When packing to head to the beach consider pre-packing whatever you might need at the beach into a beach bag inside your backpack or suitcase.

9. Suitcase lovers

For those using suitcases without a divider. A piece of cardboard makes an excellent divider and helps keep your clothes organized and neat, as you are able to lay them out flat on the cardboard. It also makes airport inspections a lot less of a hassle as you can lift out your divider with clothes on top easily.

10. Flashlights or Torches

When packing a flashlight or torch (or any other item with batteries for that matter), turn the batteries around so that if the item is accidentally turned on, you won’t empty the batteries. Don’t forget to turn the batteries back around when using the flashlight.

11. Shoes

If you want to make sure everything else in your bags stays clean and odor free, place the shoes inside old socks and then inside airtight plastic bags (Ziploc).

12. Carry-On

Keep any medication and important papers in your carry-on bag. On long flights with multiple stopovers, packing a fresh change of clothes is a good idea as bags tend to get delayed or lost on long haul, multiple stop flights. You don’t want to end up stuck without medication, clothes or your important papers even if it is just for a few days.

13. Roll Technique

Somehow it seems that bags will hold more if the clothes are rolled rather than folded. If you roll in tissue paper, the clothes will also get less wrinkled.

14. Traveling to warm destinations?

If you appreciate cold drinks think of using a six-pack cooler as a toiletry bag. Once you arrive at your destination and unload your toiletries your ‘toiletry bag’ guarantees cheap cold drinks on the beach, no matter how remote.

15. Minimize on toiletries

Take only half a tube of toothpaste rolled up tight, store shampoo in small containers, only take half a roll of toilet paper (for emergencies only) and crush it so the middle is folded.

16. Take solid shampoo bars and tooth powder

Solid shampoo bars and tooth powder (instead of tooth paste) can be easily located on the Internet and make carry-on travel in this age of liquid restriction possible. Places like Beijing now bar all liquids in carry-on bags, and you’ll still be able to breeze through without checking.

Hope this helps for  your next forum-nexus trip!

Source: http://www.travellerspoint.com/packing-tips.cfm