By: Andrea Bouchaud
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Christmas is a great time to ask for practical gifts that will help you travel and live abroad easier. Maximize this holiday to help you better prepare for this upcoming experience by asking for gifts that will help you abroad. Let’s take a look at gifts to ask for from Santa if you’re studying abroad in the spring semester.
- New, Sturdy Luggage and Luggage Tags. Studying abroad entails lots of traveling. Make sure that your items are secure and protected in a new, sturdy suitcase that can also expand (for souvenirs and new clothes you’ll buy abroad). In addition to new luggage, don’t forget about luggage tags. You want to make sure that you can easily identify your suitcase or get it back in case of a mix-up at the airport.
- Passport Necklace to keep all important documents. When studying abroad, your going to need to bring important, personal documents with you such as a passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, and credit cards. The safest place for these documents is on your person at all times, under your shirt. Europe is famous for pick pocketing which makes wallets and purses not very safe for holding important information. Safeguard your most valuable information by asking for a passport necklace to wear.
- Adapter for Cell Phone and Lap top chargers. Each country has a different electrical current system than the United States. If you plan on bringing your American cell phone and lap top than an adapter will be needed to charge these items abroad. It’s important that the electrical adapter is bought in the United States as they are not easily found abroad.
- E-book Twenty in Paris by: Andrea Bouchaud. You’re excited and ready to study abroad but how much do you know about the actual experience that lies ahead? Andrea Bouchaud is a former student who studied abroad for a year in Paris. In this book, she details the transition process and college experience abroad by showing students her mistakes and how to avoid them for the most successful and stress free experience. Be better prepared for the study abroad experience by purchasing this e-book on Amazon at http://amzn.to/GStCJM.
- Reusable Grocery Bags. While living abroad, you’ll do your own grocery shopping. Many countries are shying away from using plastic bags at the grocery store. Be prepared for food shopping at the same time as being eco-friendly and ask for reusable grocery bags. Also come in handy for other purchases and carting laundry to the Laundromat.
- Rain Boots and Umbrella. Are you studying abroad in Europe or Asia? If so, you’ll need rain boots and an umbrella. These continents are prone to rain and being unprepared for heavy rains can really dampen the experience. Stay dry and be prepared for the wet weather abroad by requesting rain boots and an umbrella.
- Expandable Hamper and Hangers. No matter what living arrangement you chose for studying abroad, it will not come with hampers and hangers. Having an expandable hamper and hangers in advance saves you the hassle of having to buy these items your first few days abroad. In addition, you will also save space by having the expandable hamper and will be able to make yourself at home quicker by hanging your clothes up in the closet.
These are some general gift ideas that are practical for every student and every country but if you have something in particular that will help you while studying abroad, don’t forget to add that item to the list too. Just make sure that your family gets this list as soon as possible. Joyeux noel et bonne chance!