STS High School 14–18 years of age

10 things to bring on an exchange year

Remember to pack as light as possible. In a whole year abroad, you will end up getting lots of new things that you will probably want to be able to bring home with you. But a few items that may be good to bring are:

  1. Passport and vaccination information/certificate
  2. A phone, headphones and possibly a camera
  3. Computer
  4. Chargers and adapters if your host country has different electrical outlets than you have at home.
  5. Prescription medications
  6. Hygiene products for when you first arrive
  7. If you wear glasses, bring an extra pair
  8. Clothing: will you have a uniform at school, or are there other dress codes you need to consider? Also keep in mind that you will buy a lot of clothing there.
  9. Small favorite items you don't want to be without
  10. A small gift for your host family. It doesn't have to be anything big or lavish. Your favourite candy or a cookbook with recipes from your country is a great gift!

Once you’ve been in touch with your host family, ask them for tips as well!