Study Abroad Packing List!

Hello friends!

I leave for London in 15 short days where I will spend the next few months studying and traveling throughout Europe.  I have spent countless hours looking for packing lists and other advice on Pinterest so I decided to share what I learned with all of you!

I have some experience packing for Europe because I spent three weeks there a few years ago. However, three weeks is a tiny amount of time compared to a whole semester. I used my previous experience as well as the advice/research that I found online to create my own packing list. I hope this helps some of my fellow travelers!


For starters, let’s talk bags:

  • 1 full sized suitcase
  • 1 carry on suitcase
  • 1 backpack
  • 1 medium sized cross body purse
  • 1 small cross body purse
  • 1 travel wallet


  • 2 Converters
  • Power Strip
  • Laptop, mouse, charger
  • iPhone, charger, charging case
  • iPad, charger, sleeve
  • cameras, memory cards, chargers, cases

School Stuff:

  • Notebook
  • Planner
  • Pens, pencils, case
  • Stationary
  • Flash drive
  • Pocket London Book and maps
  • Travel Journal


  • 1 Hunter Tour Packable Wellies
  • 1 Riding Boots
  • 1 black booties
  • 1 Nikes
  • 1 flip flops (for showers!!!!)
  • 1 Black Sandals
  • 1 Converse
  • 2 flats (gray and black)


  • 2 Jackets (Winter/rain, leather)
  • 3 skinny jeans/jeggings (black, dark, medium)
  • 1 skirt (black)
  • 1 boot cut jeans
  • 4 layering tank tops (black, mint, green, stripes)
  • 4 camis (black, white, nude, royal blue)
  • 1 sweater (gray)
  • 4 cardigans (cream, black, gray, purple)
  • 3 t-shirts (gray, black, cream)
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 2 sleep shirts/t-shirts
  • 1 pajama pants
  • 1 VS yoga pants (for sleeping/lounging)
  • 1 fleece lined leggings
  • 4 nice blouses
  • Tights, leggings
  • 3 dresses (black, black/white, navy)
  • Scarves, gloves, headband
  • 2 Belts (brown, cream)
  • 1 swim suit
  • Cheap Jewelry
  • 2 shorts (denim, flowers)
  • Socks, underwear, bras (bring enough for two weeks)

Dorm and Toiletries:

  • Travel towels (1 bath, 1 hand, 2 wash)
  • Travel pillow/blanket
  • Pictures of family and friends
  • 6 months of prescriptions
  • OTC Meds (allergy, tums, ibuprofen, vitamins, melatonin, etc.)
  • Travel sized shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, lotion, perfume
  • Toothbrush, floss
  • Face wash, wipes, moisturizer, spot treatment
  • Basic makeup (concealer, foundation, mascara)
  • Deodorant
  • Hair ties/bands

Carry On:

  • Copies of passport, visa, credit/debit cards, acceptance letter, travel information, insurance, emergency phone numbers
  • Small amount of currency to get started
  • Umbrella
  • Travel wallet (passport, boarding pass, picture id)
  • Maps
  • iPhone
  • Extra clothes and underwear if suitcase gets lost
  • Chargers
  • Headphones
  • Snacks
  • Empty water bottle (filtered if possible)
  • Book and travel journal

As you can see, I am packing mostly basics that I can mix and match to create different outfits. I am planning all of my outfits based on three colors-black, blue, and cream. I definitely recommend picking a color scheme and choosing your clothing and accessories around that. Also, don’t bring any clothing that you don’t wear at home because you won’t wear it abroad either and it will just take up precious weight in your suitcase.

I hope this helps as you plan your next adventure! Please feel free to ask any questions and let me know if there’s anything that I forgot! I am getting anxious to begin this journey and can’t wait to share it with all of you!  

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8 thoughts on “Study Abroad Packing List!

  1. notyouraveragecollegegirlblog says:

    This is so great! It’s a good idea to pack basics and things that are simple, because you can easily use the same pieces for a million different outfits and still look photo-ready. I think you named everything a girl needs to pack for an away trip. Have fun! 🙂


  2. alice525 says:

    I love reading other people’s packing lists, it always gives me extra ideas! Is melatonin just part of a personal prescription or is it used for something when traveling?


    • Life of Hayley says:


      I love reading other’s lists as well! Melatonin is a natural sleep aid that can be found in almost any grocery store vitamin aisle in the U.S. I only really use it while I am traveling because it helps me sleep on long flights or in noisy hostels. I think it’s a really great product to have on hand when traveling! I hope you find this helpful 🙂


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