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What to Pack

Pack light! You'll be toting your own luggage around at airports and hotels, so bring only what you need—ideally in a carry-on bag. See your airline's baggage policies here.


  • ATM card - Call your bank prior to departure to alert them of your upcoming travel; foreign purchases sometimes result in a hold on bank accounts

  • Personal credit card

  • At least $60 converted to the currency of the first country that you’re visiting

  • Passport—required on all EF Study Abroad programs - Make a copy of your passport; leave one copy at home and take a couple copies with you in case you lose your passport

  • Visas - If applicable

  • A copy of the program itinerary

  • A list of important phone numbers

  • Copy of any prescriptions - Customs officials may want to verify that a container's contents match its label, so all medication should be carried in its original container

  • Health insurance card

  • Addresses to send postcards home

Clothing and accessories

  • Comfortable walking shoes and one pair of nicer shoes

  • Short sleeve and long sleeve shirts

  • Socks and underwear

  • Watch

  • Pants/shorts/jeans

  • Pajamas

  • Bathing suit - If applicable

  • Dressier outfit - Reserved for a special night out

  • Raincoat and/or umbrella

  • Lightweight nylon jacket or fleece (rather than bulky sweatshirts)

  • Toiletries

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Day pack

  • Pouch for storing money and passport under clothing

  • Any medications - In addition to a copy of any prescription

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Shampoo/conditioner

  • Deodorant

  • Hairbrush/comb

  • Sunscreen

  • Spare set of contact lenses/glasses - If applicable

Carry-on bag
Here’s a short list of things travelers might need on the first day of the program. These should be packed in your carry-on so you have them available immediately upon arriving in your destination:

  • Passport

  • Money

  • Airline boarding pass

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste - Check for current security requirements

  • Hairbrush

  • Contact lens case/glasses - To sleep comfortably on the plane

  • A change of clothes

  • Medication

  • Converter/adaptor

  • Valuables

Service Learning programs
If you're traveling on a Service Learning program, we've created a detailed packing list of things to bring and keep in mind while working in and visiting local communities. Ask your Program Consultant for full details.