Written by:

Anna Kislova

Preparation for your journey is very crucial and important. Dear Student, make sure you have everything planned and organized before you leave.


There are things which you might have to leave behind, and we will try to help you and give an idea what all to get packed.

It could be difficult, especially when you are leaving for your studies for such a long time. But it’s important to remember not to bring much but only essentials.

Such items as bedding or toiletries you can buy once you reach your destination.

Try to make sure you check your baggage allowance with the airline. As if it exceeds the limits, you may end up paying extra money.

Prepare for your journey wisely!


Usually students abroad dress up casually: t-shirts, jeans, sweatshirts. But having something formal for an official ball or dinner, or even an interview for a potential job, would be a great idea.

Besides, if the country you are traveling to has cold season, make sure you carry warm clothes and waterproof jackets and boots.

Sometimes, Universities organize global villages and different international events where you may present your own country in your traditional clothes. For that, your national costume will be a must have.


At the beginning of your stay you might have to buy some basic essentials, for that take enough money to cover your cost for the first two weeks.

Taking large amounts of cash is not recommendable. As cash can easily be lost and no University can guard it for you.

And we would not recommend you to take more than two suitcases. Over-packing could be a burden.


We would recommend you to only take small items such as shavers, laptops, IPADs, or hair dryers.

Important to find out if it’s compatible with the country voltage system. Then you might need to get international voltage converter and adapters, which are available at any electronic stores and airports even.


It is important that you keep your passport, travel documents and tickets in a safe place.

We advise that you take a photocopy of all the pages of your passport and keep it in a separate place in case of emergencies.

You will also need some important documents immediately when you arrive at the airport or point of entry to the country as you will be interviewed by immigration officials.

  • Passport
  • Offer letter
  • Financial information letter from your sponsor (if applicable), or photocopies of the financial documents you submitted with your
  • Student visa application
  • Originals documents of any degree certificates, transcripts or technical qualifications which have been used as part of
  • your application
  • Confirmation of any accommodation you have booked, including the full address and telephone number
  • Details of your arrangements for onward travel e.g. maps, contact numbers etc.
  • Insurance documents
  • A photocopy of each page of your passport, including its number, the date and place of issue and any entry
  • Approximately ten passport-size photos of yourself – you will need them for student identification cards, bus/rail passes and various other purposes


Don’t forget to pack these items with you:

  • Clothing for all four seasons (shorts, short-sleeve shirts to pant, boots, and sweaters, clothes that can layer easily)
  • Bath towel
  • Toiletries
  • Jacket and umbrella
  • Eye glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and cleaning solution, and eye bring prescriptions
  • First aid kit (including: motion sickness medications, laxatives, anti-diarrhea medicine, antacids, pain relievers, decongestants, antiseptics, and bandages)
  • Prescription medicines and written prescriptions
  • Laptop/iPad
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Backpack


Every international student has an excitement to remember the time spent living and studying abroad.

Such a rewarding and challenging experience! You should remember that it can take time to get used to an absolutely new environment. And there’s a time you would need an advice or any support, Planet Education team will be there to help you.

Studying is important, but don’t forget to spend great time with your friends, or getting involved in activities within or off the campus, do travel and see the places, meet new people and expand your horizons.

You will not be the only one leaving home for the first time; there will be so many other international and local students. Who also may feel homesick, stressed or feel down.

Do not hesitate to ask assistance as soon as possible, whether your problem is personal or academic. At any stage during your time we are there for your assistance, and we will be pleased to do so.

You will be among other international and local students, all experiencing a new environment and for some, leaving home for the first time.

All the best!

-Written by Anna Kislova

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