What (not) to Pack

Traveler going

Hello and sorry for the delay in posting! With two weeks left of the semester, it seems as though I have been buried beneath a pile of tests, homework, and papers. It has officially reached “that” point in the semester for college students-the point where there is so much to do that you will find everything and anything to distract you from your homework (like writing this blog post! Haha.) As you future Study Abroads for the spring semester think about packing for your upcoming European adventure, I figured I would give you some tips for packing that will hopefully be helpful. Here are some of the more unexpected items that might not be at the top of your list, but are good to have!

// what to pack.

Carry-on (I used my backpack):

  • Passport & important documents.
  • Electronics & chargers (including adapters/converters)
  • Movies/card games. They don’t have Netflix here in LT, and cards are fun to take on trips (especially Russia).
  • Journal.
  • Toiletries. Take some travel-sized items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) in case your luggage gets stuck somewhere! These are also helpful the first week during orientation when you don’t have a lot of time to stop at a supermarket. Contact lens wearers, pack a travel-size bottle of solution!

Checked Bag (suitcase):

  • Versatile shoes. Especially ones that can be worn in the rain or snow, because it does a lot of that in Lithuania! Boots, sneakers, light walking shoes, and dress shoes were all I needed.
  • Sweaters. Bring a couple warm ones that can be worn with everything.
  • Dressy outfit. You’ll need this in Russia especially, and for special occasions at LCC.
  • Rain jacket. Did I mention it rains a lot in LT?
  • Full size items. For instance, contact solution and makeup-these items are a lot more expensive here.
  • Lounge wear. Sweatpants, athletic wear, and T-shirts are nice for the dorm or working out.

// what not to pack.

  • Hairdryer. You might blow a fuse even if you are using a converter, so play it safe and get one here, or borrow from your roommates if they don’t mind 😉
  • Sleeping bag. You won’t use it; even if you’re traveling hostels will have bedding.
  • Towel. They will have everything here for you at LCC, including bedding, towel, pillow, and kitchen supplies.
  • School supplies.
  • Dollars. You might want to have a couple bills on hand, but you will get a stipend of euros as soon as you arrive.
  • American chocolate. For some reason I brought American chocolate with me, thinking that I would miss it. Don’t get me wrong, I still love me some Hershey’s, but the chocolate here is even more amazing. Trust me.
  • Lithuania travel guide. Feel free to bring one if you want, but I spent more time exploring and almost no time reading a travel guide. You’re living here for 3 months, so you’ll get used to Klaipeda, how to navigate, and the good restaurants and spots without having to consult a guide.

And there you have it! Obviously this is not a comprehensive list, just some of the items I found useful/not useful while being here. Happy packing! 🙂

~Christine

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