(And any other weekend trips)
One of the big questions about studying abroad is packing. There’s already a post about packing for the semester, which you should definitely check out! (Hint- pack what you think you need and then leave a lot at home!)
This one will be much more focused! A weekend traveling between Latvia and Estonia doesn’t sound like it would require much packing, but that includes many hours on a bus, including an overnight trip. Plus, aren’t Latvia and Estonia really cold?
Yeah, a little chilly. Chiller than Klaipeda at least and since all three Baltic capitals are coastal, expect rain and wind. Plus, as with most traveling, there is lots and lots of walking planned for the trip, regardless of the weather.
That means we should pack lots of heavy stuff right? Well, no. One thing we’ve learned and been advised is to not bring suitcases, even if they have wheels. Apparently, suitcase wheels and cobbled streets do not get along.
This is the recommended luggage for this trip, any form of weekend travel, and the Russia trip for nine days.
Yeah, not big is it? How are we supposed to prioritize and fit warm clothes in that, especially with a nine-day trip in mind? Practice! Shorter weekend trips are a great way to design your own process and priorities.
But what you do need for this trip is a passport, ISIC card, waterproof coat, waterproof shoes, and probably no more than three outfits. Minus the coat and shoes, everything else can be easily rolled up inside a carry-on backpack. Another important part is layering! Good layers that you can adjust as weather changes are vital when looking at chilly or rainy seasons. As one saying goes, there is no bad weather, only bad clothes. Look ahead to what’s expected and prepare accordingly. Fleeces and sweaters are really good for that, so have a few of those on hand. You can find lots of good tutorials on packing for a backpacking trip in Europe which are better than what I can teach you, so if you have more questions, do some Google searches and learn from those who make a living traveling.
See? I even added a first aid kit for blisters, cooking burns, and other small things like that. (Staying healthy while studying abroad will be another post!) For a long bus-ride, your coat can make an excellent blanket to save space, while the travel pillow is a great way to make sleeping easier.
If you already went to Riga and Tallinn, how did you pack? If you haven’t gone yet, what do you think the most challenging part for you would be? What other tips and suggestions would you like to see from us this semester?