5 must-have travel products for studying abroad this spring

After months of filling out paperwork, researching the best guide books, scouring the internet for useful travel tips and daydreaming about your upcoming adventure, it’s time! Time to start packing, that is. But before you become overwhelmed at thought of having yet another task to complete, remember that what you pack becomes the foundation for your trip. So have fun, stay organized and don’t put it off until the last minute – your future world traveling-self will thank you!

To help kick off the packing process here are five must-have travel products for your semester abroad!

Dictionary or translator – Communicating in a foreign country can be a challenge when you don’t speak the language but with a little patience and the help of a trusty translator, you can get by just fine!

Umbrella –Sure there are umbrella vendors wherever there are tourists, but they often come at a high cost for low quality. Pack a compact, sturdy umbrella ahead of time and save yourself the cash and the hassle of being caught in the rain.

Adapters and converters – Voltage and outlet configurations vary across the globe and without the right configuration your electronics won’t work or worse, you could fry them. This Global Electricity Guide can help you avoid an international traveler’s worst nightmare by finding the right adapter and converter ahead of time.

Alarm clock or cell phone with alarm capabilities – Hostels are great for young travelers on a budget, but they typically lack hotel-style amenities like alarm clocks. Be sure to pack your own so you don’t miss out on a minute of your adventure.

Cross-body bag – Finding the perfect site-seeing bag is key to the study abroad experience. Look for a bag that’s large enough to hold the essentials (money, camera, guide book, umbrella, etc) but isn’t too bulky for you to tote around all day. Also, choose a bag with a cross-body strap to keep your possessions safe from pick-pocketers.

*Extra tip: Those long plane, train, and bus rides will be much more tolerable with a little music. Bring your iPod or mp3 player, make a playlist of your favorite tunes and watch the scenery change!

Beth Smedinghoff studied in Florence, Italy as an undergrad and now spends her days helping others make the most of their travels as a writer for TravelProducts.com.


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  1. Thanks for the list! It really is the top 5! I don’t know how I can make it through here in China without my dictionary, it’s really an essential tool. I enjoyed reading the post. Thanks again!

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