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Oxford Packing Guide March 20, 2014

Posted by lauramargaretb in Travel Log.

Hello, Techies!


We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of my travels with the Oxford Study Abroad Program, so I thought I’d post a packing list to help this year’s Oxford group. This is largely based on the program’s official list, with my own recommendations added. (Sorry, guys – my comments are definitely more helpful for the girls.)

Main Suitcase

You’ll check this bag on the plane and put it in the undercarriage of the bus during the travel portion. Maximum weight is 50 lbs. for the plane and maximum size is 5200 cubic inches for the bus (assuming that hasn’t changed since last year.) I used a 28” hard-side suitcase that you could pack on both sides. Definitely recommend getting a suitcase with 4 wheels and a lock.

  • 3 pairs of casual pants

  • 1 pairs of nice pants

  • 3-4 pairs of shorts

  • 1-2 skirts

  • 6-8 tops (have a variety: tank tops, sweaters, etc. – scarves to mix and match)

  • 2-3 dresses (1 should be formal for nice dinners, others just casual)

  • 1 cardigan to cover your shoulders in churches

  • 1 sweatshirt/fleece

  • 6-8 t-shirts, long and short sleeve

  • 3-4 running shorts/leggings (pajama pants)

  • 5 pairs of socks

  • 5 pairs of shoes (shower shoes, outdoor sandals, nice sandals/flats, rain shoes, tennis shoes – wear one pair on the plane; don’t bring heels)

  • 2 weeks’ worth of undergarments (I would wash half of these as soon as we arrived in each city so they’d be dry when it was time to pack.)

  • 2 belts (even if you don’t normally wear them – your pants will stretch from hand-washing)

  • 1 rain jacket

  • Toiletries bag

    • Shampoo/conditioner

    • Soap

    • Sunscreen

    • Razor

    • Make-up

    • Toothpaste

    • Hairbrush (don’t bring straighteners, hair dryers, etc. – the voltage won’t work)
  • Umbrella

  • Extra batteries

  • Sewing Kit

  • First-aid kit / personal medicine (keep one of everything in a smaller bag with you)

  • Washcloth

  • 1 plastic grocery bag (in case you’re clothes aren’t dry on travel day)
  • Money belt

  • Small combination/key lock (for hostels)

  • Small flashlight

  • 1 Travel Spacebag (Do not open until you get to Oxford. It will be awesome to have perfectly clean clothes when you get there and are exhausted.)

    • 1 of the pairs of jeans

    • 1 of the shirts

    • 1 of the t-shirts

    • 1 of the pairs of running shorts

    • 1 of the pairs of socks

    • 2 of the pairs of underwear

  • **Keep some money, your student visa letter, and a copy of your passport here.

Small-Medium Duffle Bag

This is a great resource for stashing snack food, souvenirs, laundry, etc. in the overhead compartment of the bus. For the one-night stopover that breaks up your longest bus trip and your visit to Venice, pack this small bag and leaved your main suitcase locked in the undercarriage. This bag is also great for weekend trips during the in-residence portion. Pack this in you main suitcase during flights, or, if you have a lot of souvenirs, you can pay extra to check it as well.

Book Bag

This is a great ride-along bag for the plane and the bus, plus when you get to the in-residence portion, you can just use it as a book bag. It also works great as your stand along bag for long weekend trips.

  • Travel toothpaste

  • Toothbrush

  • Deodorant

  • Small wrist-watch with batteries

  • Textbooks (try to get e-books)

  • Converter

  • Chargers

  • Laptop (don’t bring a tablet instead of your laptop – you’ll have trouble getting Wi-Fi at Oxford)

  • Large plastic envelope for post cards, brochures, etc.

  • Notebook for class (I got the smaller size – 9.5×6 – that fit in my purse.)

  • Travel pillow (carry this with you – don’t get an inflatable one, more hassle than convenience)

  • Water bottle with D-ring

Cross-Body Purse

I used a large purse that had a regular handle and a cross body strap. It was big enough to include a pair of shoes and a light sweater. For quick trips where not much stuff is needed, just use your money belt (careful with the money belt if you’re wearing a dress.)

  • Camera (if you plan on using it – I just used my phone)

  • Sunglasses

  • Wallet (one with a keychain that you can latch onto a zipper)

  • Gum

  • Phone (use with Wi-Fi or in emergencies)

  • Smaller first aid kit with one of everything
  • Small hand sanitizer
  • Plastic envelope

    • Passport

    • Extra money

    • Secondary credit card

    • Emergency contact information

    • Any important medical information, translated into several languages



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