Your Ultimate Packing List

We cover all of the packing basics, as well as some nitty gritty.

After all the planning you’ve done, packing can feel extremely overwhelming. We all know the feeling; did I over pack? Under pack? Am I forgetting something crucial? While it’s important to remember that anything you forgot you can get abroad (so no panicking), I wanted to make it a little easier.

I’ve done a fair share of traveling and have come to learn the differences between things I need and things I’ll never touch.

The Basics

  • Easy to fold clothing
  • Your favorite outfit pieces
  • Clothes you can layer for all weather
  • Bathing suit
  • Underwear
  • Shorts & pants
  • Comfy clothes
  • Rain jacket
  • Socks
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Your favorite shoes (these deserve to be packed, too!)
  • Your favorite jewelry
  • Your travel bag of choice (backpack, purse, both)


  • Toothbrush (dear friends, please pack this!)
  • Travel toothpaste
  • Travel shampoo & conditioner
  • Hairbrush
  • Face Wash
  • Hair ties (if you need them)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Extra contacts, solution, and contact case
  • Glasses and prescription sunglasses
  • Makeup, if you wear it
  • Prescription medication

** Be sure to have your medications packed and labeled so you won’t be questioned by TSA. It never hurts to have a note from your doctor, too.

*** Know the laws of the country you’re going to. For example, Japan does not allow any ADHD medication into the country, even with a doctor’s note.


  • Phone & charger
  • Headphones
  • Laptop & charger
  • Adaptors for all of your electronic
    • Be sure to check if you need a power converter based on the country and watts of your electronics
  • Battery bank to stay charged on the go
  • Camera and battery charger
  • External hard drive for photos and computer backups (a packing must!)

Important Documents/Money

  • Passport
  • Visa & corresponding visa documents
  • Credit card
  • Cash (not too much! Chat with your advisor about best practices)
  • World Internships documents for arrival

Travel Health

  • Personal prescriptions (with copies of your script)
  • Pain and fever relievers
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Cold medicine
  • Throat lozenges
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Be sure you’re up to date with all needed vaccinations based on the country you’re going to
  • Sleeping medicine
  • First Aid Kit

These are my recommendations, but of course, you can make your own alterations. If you have more to add, let us know! We’d love to hear from you.