Shanell Peterson is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism major South Dakota State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this term.
In this week's post, Shanell talks about shopping while she's been in Ireland and shares eight things (some essential, some less so) that she's bought since she arrived abroad, along with plenty of visuals. Happy packing before you know it, Shanell!
I’m going to be honest. Being abroad is not cheap. CAPA may have provided me with an unlimited transportation pass and a housing arrangement, but everything else (like food) was up to me. And, as you can imagine, things can definitely add up.
In an effort to give you a clear understanding of what you might like to bring to Dublin, I have created a list of eight things I’ve bought while I’ve been here. Hopefully this will help you budget for your upcoming semester/summer abroad!
1. Everyday Items.
Instead of weighing down your suitcase with full bottles of shampoo and conditioner, consider buying your everyday items when you get to your destination. And if you are kind of wary about using brands you’ve never heard of before, don’t fret. You can easily find brands like Dove, Simple, and Oral-B in Dublin.
Tip: My allergies really acted up in Ireland! Make sure to buy/bring some form of antihistamine!
Photo: I bought some lotion in Dublin’s LUSH because I didn’t realize I’d have to worry about sunburn here!
2. Rain Gear.
It rains often in Dublin. Equip yourself with both an umbrella and a raincoat, and travel with it wherever you go. The coat I bought can actually fold up into a convenient little pouch, so you might want to look for that feature when you buy yours.
Photo: I bought my raincoat for €10 at Penny’s here in Dublin and my umbrella at a convenience store for €2.
Have you ever read the comedy science fiction series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? If so, you understand the importance of having a towel. Towels take up a lot of suitcase space so, like other everyday items, consider buying them when you arrive in your host country.
Photo: A Penny’s towel only costs €5!
4. New Shoes.
Europe destroyed my shoes; the rain and the walking definitely took its toll on my footwear. I suggest buying some sneaker-like everyday shoes and some black flats. The everyday shoes will prevent blisters, and the black flats are comfortable and professional.
Photo: I bought these shoes at where else but Penny’s!
These bags very much come in handy. In Europe, they don’t give out plastic bags left and right. You have to grocery shop using your own tote. This black one is very sturdy; paper bags don’t do nearly as good of a job. This small purse was great for the nights I knew I was going to be dancing. It was big enough for all the essentials, but light enough that it didn’t get in my way.
Photo: You can purchase tote bags at the grocery stores if you forgot to bring yours.
6. New Reading Materials.
On the weekends, I did a lot of traveling. Because of this, I flew through a lot of books. I got the two on the right at a pop-up market in Dun Laoghaire, a town close to Dublin, for €3 total!
Photo: I create a lot of lifestyle content for my internship, so these magazines helped me generate a lot of new, fresh ideas!
7. Trendy Things.
Traveling abroad makes you adventurous! I decided to really step out of my comfort zone and try new clothing items. Pictured here is a striped onesie that I love to wear with high-waisted jeans, and the gold piece of jewelry is a belly chain!
Photo: I am so glad I bought these two items. They are so cute!
If you go to a foreign country, you need to buy souvenirs; if not for yourself, than for others. I bought a lamb purse, a small teddy bear, a rubber duck from the Belfast Titanic museum, and a book about Irish Fairies!
Photo: I bought a lot fewer souvenirs than I expected!
In the end, I obviously bought more than this list shows, but I think it gives you a clear idea of what you’ll end up buying when you get here. Enjoy your trip abroad. I venture to say that it will be one of the best experiences of your life. I know mine has been!
Shanell's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.