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Your Ultimate Packing Guide for a Semester in Berlin

Posted on 01. Sep, 2015 by in Features

Photo by Mario Sokkari

Photo by Mario Sokkari

If you go around asking people what their dreams are, as diverse as the answers might be, you will find that, most of the time, traveling finds its way to the top. Packing however, is a completely different matter.

Getting ready to spend a semester abroad in Germany is extremely exciting but also hectic in so many ways. Especially when it comes to figuring out how to fit everything in just two suitcases, now that is like playing Tetris level expert! So, to make things a little bit easier, we put together a few packing tips that will hopefully help you through the dilemma and get you focusing on the exciting part of it all.

“Shoes, check. Socks, check. Oh my God, I can’t forget my passport!”
As boring and useless as it may seem, writing down a checklist will actually make everything a lot easier and less stressful. Start by writing the essentials disregarding the quantity.

“I’ll take this, and this, oh and I can’t forget this. Wait, now the closet’s empty!”
Yes, you are travelling for more than 4 months, but that doesn’t mean you should pack the whole closet! As a matter of a fact, it means that you will have to wash your clothes and re-wear them. Besides you’ll probably be doing a lot of shopping, so it’s better to pack light.

“Do I really need light clothes? I mean, Germany is probably freezing.”
When it comes to choosing clothes, don’t take just winter or just summer clothes with you. A variety is more beneficial. Put into consideration that the odd semester isn’t entirely winter, you don’t want to catch a cold from changing seasons.

“Is it just me or do all my clothes smell like feet?”
Smelly shoes are a disaster, you don’t want to unpack your bag with the aroma of sweaty feet stuck on every single shirt you have. Best solution is to put them in a plastic bag and zip it.
Of course that’s not the only benefit, as this way of packing works for unclean clothes or semi-solids (shampoos, creams, etc). This will help you keep your packing neat and efficient.

“Great, now all the space I have left in this bag is in the shape of a triangle!”
Whether you should roll your clothes or fold them, it’s all up to you! But make sure that you use the same technique while packing the whole bag to save equal spaces and also to help while unpacking.

“I have a passport, officer! You have to believe me..I just can’t find it!”
Keep a copy of your passport, ID, Visa and basically every important paper in your suitcase, in case you lose it or it gets stolen. It’s important that you have a backup.

“I am sorry, but you can’t buy this without a prescription.”
Since most of the drugs abroad are not for over the counter purchase, you should pack a sufficient amount of all the essential medications you would need, like anti-allergy medication, in addition to others you might need, like antibiotics or painkillers.

After reading those simple hacks and tricks to a more efficient suitcase packing process, all what’s left is for you to lock it, get down, reach the airport and fly away!

Have some more tips for your fellow students?  Don’t hesitate to share them in the comments section!


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