Katerina Russo is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications and political science major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Katerina shares her packing list for future students studying abroad in Dublin during fall semester.
Looking back on my semester in Dublin, there are plenty of things I packed that I didn't end up needing, and a few things I wish I had taken but didn't. The weather in Ireland goes through some pretty drastic changes from day to day, so it's best to be prepared!
Here's a guide for what to pack and not to pack on your way to an unforgettable semester living in Dublin.
For your carry on bag
- Boarding pass
- American cell phone and charger (with converter)
- Cash - some in euros and some in American dollars, enough for emergencies
- Credit and debit cards
- Copies of birth certificate, passport, and social security number
- A good book
- Health insurance card
- School ID and state ID
- Emergency contact list
- Griffith College letter of acceptance
- Prescriptions and medications for the length of the entire semester
- Travel pillow
- Carry on size shampoo, conditioner and body wash (better to buy larger ones once you arrive to save space)
- Makeup/makeup wipes - if applicable
- Acne cream/medication
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Lotion and moisturizer
- Comb or brush
- Glasses and case
- Contacts and solution
- Nail clippers
- Rain jacket
- Heavier winter jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Long sleeve shirts
- Short sleeve shirts
- Long pants or leggings
- Workout clothes
- Tank tops
- Bathing suit (just in case!)
- Dress clothes (especially if you'll be doing an internship)
- Rain boots / waterproof shoes
- Everyday comfortable shoes
- Athletic sneakers
- Dress shoes
- Flip flops (try to only bring what's necessary for shoes especially; they take up a lot of space)
- Cell phone
- Outlet adapters
- USB cable
It can certainly be hard to distinguishing between overpacking and not packing enough. Try your best to stick to the essentials and remember that you'll be shopping around and picking up plenty more other things during your travels. If you're worried about weight limits, it can also be helpful to try sticking heavier items in your carry on luggage, as it normally doesn't actually get weighed. One more helpful tip - pack an umbrella! Try your best to stay prepared for Dublin’s constantly changing weather and keep dry.
Katerina's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.