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Packing for the exchange: What to bring and what to avoid

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Natasha Machado
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Packing your bags is one of the most exhilarating moments before boarding for an exchange. Be Easy understands the importance of being well prepared for this journey. In this article, we will clarify the most common doubts about what can or cannot be carried in hand bags and checked, ensuring a smooth trip without unforeseen events.

Hand bag: Stick to the basics

  • Travel documents (passport, visa, tickets).
  • Cash and credit/debit cards.
  • Essential medications (with a prescription).
  • Portable electronics (cell phone, laptop, camera).
  • Personal hygiene items in packs of up to 100ml.
  • Change of clothes for the first few days.
  • Book or magazine to entertain yourself during the flight.

Checked suitcase: More freedom, but with caution

1. Clothes and footwear suitable for the destination's climate.

2. Country-specific outlet adapters.

3. Personal hygiene items in larger packages.

4. Study materials (books, notebooks, pens).

5. Souvenirs and gifts for the host family (respecting the restrictions of each country).

When packing your checked bag, remember to check the weight and size restrictions imposed by the airline. Although there is more freedom in relation to the items allowed, it is important to be aware of the regulations of each country.

Food and souvenirs: Necessary care

Many exchange students want to bring typical foods as gifts to the host family, but it's crucial to check the restrictions in each country. Some destinations, such as the United States, Australia and the European Union, do not allow the entry of unprocessed and fresh food products, such as vegetables, fruits, cheeses, meats and sausages.

Before including any food item in your suitcase, check the destination country's government website for up-to-date information on what's allowed. Remember that airport enforcement officers have the right to request the opening of your suitcase for inspection and may require the removal of prohibited items.

Tips for efficient storage

  • Make a list of the essentials before you start packing.
  • Use suitcase organizers to keep everything in order.
  • Wrap clothes to save space and avoid creases.
  • Distribute weight evenly between bags for easy carrying.
  • Identify your baggage with tags containing your name and contact information.

When preparing to study at a University abroad or simply Learn a language abroad, the organization of the bags is essential to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience. With a little planning and attention to detail, you'll be ready to embark on this transformative journey.

Packing for an exchange may seem like a challenging task, but with the right tips, you'll be prepared to face any situation. Remember to prioritize essential items, respect each country's restrictions, and stay organized throughout the process.

Be Easy

A Be Easy Exchange is here to help you fulfill your dream of studying abroad. Our expert advisors are ready to answer all your questions and provide the necessary support before, during and after your trip. Don't waste any more time and contact us today to take the first step towards an unforgettable international experience. With Be Easy, you can have the peace of mind of knowing that you're in good hands and ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

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Natasha D`Angelo
Founder e CEO, Be Easy
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