The Ultimate Study Abroad Packing List For Ladies

Packing for a a few months or a semester abroad can be incredibly stressful. As soon as you begin to pack the “essentials” your large checked bag suddenly seems to shrink, and you begin to panic. Plus, how are you supposed to decide everything you want to wear months in advance?

I’ve been there before and I know how difficult it can seem. The number 1 question I get asked by students studying abroad here in Florence, Italy is what they should bring. In an effort to help answer this question, I’ve created an itemized list of everything, I mean EVERYTHING I packed for my first year in Italy. The clothes I packed will get me through Summer, Winter, Spring, and Fall.

Disclaimer: No packing list works for everyone, what works for me may not work for you. This list is meant to be a jumping off point for you to adjust based on your own personal style, needs, and destinations.


Luggage

  • Large roller suitcase · checked bag
  • Smaller roller suitcase · carry on bag 1
  • Backpack · carry on 2

HeadwearOutfit. Florence, Italy.

  • Sunglasses · 1 pair
  • Floppy hat · 1

 


OuterwearOutfit. Prague.

  • Winter jacket · 1
  • Scarf · 4
  • Leather jacket · 1
  • Light jacket · 1
  • Rain coat · 1
  • Gloves · 1 pair

 


TopsFlorence. Italy

Tank tops

  • Dressy for going out · 6
  • For layering · 4
  • Summer, cute and casual · 6

Sweaters

  • Light · 4
  • Heavy · 4
  • Cardigans/kimonos · 5
  • Sweatshirts · 2

Short sleeve tee shirts

  • Dressy · 2
  • Workout and sleep · 7

BottomsOutfit. Florence, Italy.

Pants

  • Leggings · 3
  • Yoga Pants · 3
  • Jeans · 5
  • Sleep · 2

Skirts

  • Dressy/for going out at night · 3Running. Florence, Italy
  • Daytime · 3

Shorts

  • Workout · 4
  • Sleep · 3
  • Jeans · 3

 


Dresses

  • Sundresses · 4

Dress. Florence Italy. Outfit. Florence, Italy.


Undergarments

  • Underwear · 14 pairs
  • Bras · 5 (1 strapless)
  • Sports bras · 4
  • Socks · 10

ShoesOutfit. Florence, Italy,

  • Rain boots · 1
  • Comfortable flats · 2
  • Gym shoes · 1
  • Tall boots · 1
  • Short boots · 1
  • Heeled bootie · 1
  • Flip flops · 1
  • Sandals, cute · 3

 

 


AccessoriesOutfit detail. Florence, Italy.

  • Jewelry
  • Belt
  • Purse, small · 2
  • Purse, large · 1

 


Toiletries (most of which can be purchased here)

  • Hairbrush
  • Feminine Products
  • Favorite face wash
  • Makeup
  • Tweezers
  • Perfume
  • Nailpolish
  • Nail file
  • Contacts and solution
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Quick Dry Towel

Electronics

  • Computer and charger
  • Phone and charger
  • Camera and charger
  • Adapters · 2

Other

  • Passport & Photocopies
  • Health Insurance
  • School Supplies
  • Travel Journal
  • Quick Dry Towel
  • Medications

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3 Comments

  1. removals on March 15, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you.

  2. Katie on August 5, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Where did you get your brown leather jacket and your tan floppy hat?! So cute!

    • Catalina on August 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Hi Katie! The leather jacket is from a leather shop in Florence, although I did forget the name! The floppy hat, however, I found last season at DSW. Thank you!

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