Nervous and Excited?!

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I have been hearing from many of the incoming students.  They report being excited and nervous.  For many of them, this is their first international travel and for others it may actually be their first flight!  The good news is that we had a lot of happy students last year who realized their capacity to manage in new situations and their love of travel. 

One of this year's students asked for a list of things that is definitely needed for the trip.  I started out writing a short list and then I realized that would be insufficient.  I had gone online last year and culled information from several websites with suggestions on things to pack.  I was very happy with what I had brought last year, so suggest this list for a starting point.  Obviously each person will have specific needs and desires and can modify the list as appropriate.  I would be interested in seeing what others would add/subtract from the list. Cheryl has this blog entry about packing.  We had also sent everyone a Heads-up list with suggestions about packing.  I will be sending that again soon to remind everyone of what we suggest and what the students from last year suggested.  Here's the list I have compiled from a variety of sources:

 

For checked baggage

 * Make sure to check airline for size restrictions, weight limits on baggage, and # of bags allowed.  Remember you will have to haul your bags yourself up several flights of stairs in Rome and around the airport if you have to go through security more than once, so don't overpack!  Also, if you plan to travel after you leave Rome, you will have to take whatever you bring with you.

Shoes (walking/dress/beach/hiking)

Skirts/tops/shorts/capris

Socks

Swimsuits

Pajamas

Rain protection

Sweater/sweatshirts

Underwear/bras

Washcloth

Comb/brush

Shampoo, hairspray

Hairdryer (if it's compatible with 220V)

Deodorant

Nail polish/polish remover pads

Lotions/creams

Contact lens stuff

Cosmetics

Shaving cream, shaver, shower gel

Nail clippers, emery board

Toothbrush/paste/floss

Sunscreen

Jewelry

Pain reliever, hydrocortisone

Travel plugs/adapters

Extra luggage space for purchases

Sanitary pads/tampons

Bag for carrying groceries

**You can buy much of this stuff in Italy, of course, but you may want some at first.**

Course material (books/readings/syllabi, printed or on computer)

In carry-on luggage  (have carry-on luggage that can be used for short trips once in Europe)

*Check airline restrictions for how many bags you can carry

Prescription medications (in original container with prescription info.  If you have a liquid medication, please check with doctor about travelling with it)

Vitamins and over-the-counter medications (travel sickness, headache, indigestion, diarrhea--again, if liquid, make sure to consult airline website for restrictions on total amount of liquid allowed in carry-on luggage)

Tissues

Extra pairs of sunglasses, prescription glasses, contact lenses

Cell phone and charger (with converter/adapter for Italy)  YOU NEED TO CHECK TO SEE IF YOU CAN USE YOUR PHONE PLAN IN ITALY.  EACH APARTMENT WILL HAVE ITS OWN PHONE, SO YOU MAY NOT NEED TO BRING ONE.

Camera, video camera, film, batteries, binoculars

Magazines, books, portable music or DVD player, playing cards, Kindle or other portable reader if you have one)

Computer

DVDs (to watch and share in Rome, if you want)

Head phones

Travel maps, guidebook, phrase book

Snacks (NO LIQUIDS ALLOWED THROUGH SECURITY.  BUY WATER ONCE THROUGH CHECKPOINTS)

Lip balm

Towelettes/hand sanitizer

Ear plugs

Travel pillow

Wallet/purse (may need to pack purse away if restricted on # of bags)

Credit cards

Health insurance card/printed-out insurance information

Student ID card

Driver's license

Passport/visa/paperwork for stay in Rome

Copies of passport (to carry around in Rome)

Recent photo for Sede to have to submit permission of stay in Rome

Airplane tickets/copy of e-ticket

   Address book/list of contacts (printed) (I printed out labels last year to make sending postcards easy)

 

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