Study Abroad Series #1: The Perfect Packing List - Packing Do's and Don'ts

It feels like just yesterday when I was scrambling around my house with clothes covering every inch of my bedroom packing for the adventure of a lifetime. Now, what does one pack for one of the greatest experiences of a lifetime? It is the most confusing and quite honestly nerve wracking process, but hopefully I can help you out and clarify the packing Do’s and Don'ts that will make your life a billion times easier during your adjustment into a pretty awesome culture shock.

I personally studied in Florence for the Fall 2019 semester, like just about 200 other Marist College Juniors, and had some of the most rewarding and culturally immersive experiences of my life. Studying abroad allows you to delve into your passions and find yourself, become surrounded by cultural beauty, and learn the intricate histories of the world all while partying it up in various countries. It is just as amazing as you are imagining, so let’s get down to business. Here are my biggest tips for packing followed by my ideal packing list.


I know that just about everyone hears this tip, and just about everyone ignores it. I know it may seem like you need an extensive amount of outfit options and going out heels, but trust me that you do not need 2 suitcases of clothes. I survived with just one and then bought another for the trip home to bring back all that I had purchased. It saves an unbelievable amount of stress and money too! You will feel amazing when you only have to roll one suitcase around the cobblestone streets and make only one trip up all of the apartment stairs. Force yourself to create versatile outfits using a select amount of pieces in your wardrobe and be a little ruthless.