How I Packed for London | Study Abroad

I know you’re probably reading this from bed in sweatpants. Bookmark for your future adventures. When I started this blog post, I had no idea we would all be quarantining right now. What was supposed to be a 5 month trip ended after 3…

Tips and Tricks for Packing in 1 Suitcase and 1 Carry-On for 5 months

Leave at Home:

  • Hair tools – you can buy them wherever you are studying; your straightener from home isn’t the correct voltage

  • Clothes you don’t wear a lot – if you can only style it one or two ways, keep it at home! For me, all of the clothes I brought were workhorses I could wear many ways.


  • An adapter or two for your chargers.

  • Compression bags! I bought ones that don’t need a vacuum.


  • Basic toiletries (minis) – you can buy larger ones once you’ve settled in (bring favorite brands of products like moisturizer if it is not available there)

    • Shampoo, conditioner, face wash, lotion, moisturizer, toothpaste, contact solution, eye drops, hand sanitizer

  • Makeup (1 eyeshadow palette + basic makeup)

  • Deodorant

  • Roller ball perfume

  • Basic American medicine (ibuprofen, Vitamin C, Dayquil/Nyquil, allergy medicine)

  • Razor

  • Contacts / glasses (save room in your suitcase and buy full-sized contact solution there)

  • Hair ties / bobby pins

  • Hair brush

  • Computer and charger

  • Phone and charger


  • 2-3 sweaters (1 black, 1 tan, 1 “fun” color)

  • 2 HeatTech turtlenecks (1 black, 1 white)

  • 3 t-shirts (1 black, 1 white, 1 color)

  • 2 tank tops (1 black, 1 white)

  • 2-3 blouses

  • 2 sweatshirts

  • 1 pair of sweatpants

  • 2 leggings

  • 1 pair denim shorts

  • 1 pair sleep shorts

  • 1 pair bike shorts

  • 3 dresses

  • 1 denim skirt

  • 1 casual blazer

  • 1 (fake) leather jacket

  • 1 denim jacket

  • 1 trench coat

  • 1 cardigan (I brought a tan one)

  • 2 fun hats (1 beret and 1 newsboy cap)

  • 1 pair booties

  • 1 pair sneakers

  • 1 pair sandals

  • 1 pair slippers

I didn’t pack any heels. Especially being in London, there was a lot of walking and using public transportation – I knew I wouldn’t wear them.

I ended up buying a Uniqlo puffer my first week there because I was unprepared for the rain/wind/cold of London. Looking back, I would’ve brought less coats- my puffer and my trench coat would’ve been fine!

Hope you enjoyed!

Stay safe,


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