Always pack lightly! Remember that you will want to buy souvenirs and other random purchases while you're away and you'll need to be able to get everything back! One common rule of thumb is to pack everything you think you'll need and then take 1/2 of it away. Think of it as a challenge!
You should also bring an overnight bag as your carry-on. Pack everything you’ll need for at least two or three nights in your carry-on: underwear, pajamas, a clean shirt, socks, tooth brush, deodorant, hairbrush…so you’ll be prepared if your luggage gets lost or delayed. (This happens more than you think and you'll be so thrilled you were prepared if it happens to you!) Also be sure to have any valuables, copies of prescriptions, etc in your carry-on luggage.
Check out our other packing suggestions here.
- Backpacker bags and/or duffel bags may be easier for travel, especially jumping on local transportation. If you use a bag on wheels, it may be better to use a small suitcase for travel, instead of a large one.
- Book bag for weekend trips and groceries is useful.
- Be sure to contact your airline before you pack to find out how many pieces of luggage they'll allow you to check and what their weight restrictions are. These restrictions may vary by airline.
- Adapters and converters (we suggest a global converter so that you can use it no matter where you go).
- Battery-operated travel alarm clock.
- Any medication you need (and copies of the prescription written in the generic term).
- Comfortable walking shoes.
- Camera (with battery charger).
- Toiletries you love – the brands are different abroad and some things can be more expensive.
- Measuring cups if you like to cook (especially if you are not used to the metric system).
You DO NOT NEED to bring:
- Guidebooks - NYU has a collection of travel books on neighboring countries and other locations you might want to visit. Much of the information you will find useful will also be available online.
- Pillows and sheets – NYU provides these items in the dorms. You should plan to bring at least one towel.
If you plan on traveling:
- Flip-flops for the hostel showers.
- Towels for the hostels.
- Locks (some people felt they needed a lock for their bag).
- Do not pack new clothes for every day of your trip!
- Do not bring valuables that you do not need!
Also do not forget your passport.