The Perfect Travel Checklist For International Students In 2021

Written by Pareeshti Rao

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April 1, 2021

“Good Afternoon Passengers! This is the final boarding call for passengers booked on flight 372A to Kansas City. Please proceed to gate 3 immediately”. Imagine yourself sitting at an airport ready to board your international flight. As you start conversing with your co-travellers, you suddenly realise that there are certain missing items of importance in your bags and you begin to panic but you cannot do anything about it because you have to board your flight. What can you do to possibly avoid such situations? The answer is that you plan well in advance with the help of a study abroad packing list comprising all the requirements so that you can have a safe journey. On that note, UniScholarz has made the perfect travel checklist for international students and you can assure yourself of a smooth, hassle-free travel.

International Travel Checklist For Students


Every student who wishes to study abroad has their main focus on finding a university, finding a suitable course, finding international scholarships, and getting their student visa done. While these play a key role in helping students to study abroad, sorting out a travel checklist for international students plays a crucial role for ensuring a sound travel. Here below, you can check out the pre-departure to-do for students so that you don’t find yourself spending unnecessary time and expenses on items you missed out on.

15 Most Mandatory Documents 

The first thing that students must keep in mind while looking at the travel checklist for international students is the need for packing all the necessary documents. Documents work as evidence when it comes to proving your identity, your address, education, eligibility to travel in terms of flight tickets, passports, and visas and so on. A few important documents that you should pack before your departure are as follows:

  1. Passport 
  2. Visa
  3. Flight tickets
  4. Student ID Card
  5. Letter of Acceptance 
  6. Letter of Enrollment
  7. Bank statements
  8. Pay Slips and fee Receipts
  9. Academic Certificates
  10. A rental agreement or documents indicating your nature of stay
  11. Scholarship Certificate
  12. Medical Reports and Certificates
  13. Health insurance
  14. Travel insurance
  15. Residence Permit

Financial Items For A Travel Checklist For International Students



Apart from the bank statements and pay slips and receipts included in the mandatory documents, there are a few finance items that you will require once you are abroad and they include:

  1. Local Currency of the host country
  2. An international credit card
  3. Traveller’s cheque

The Necessary Clothing Requirements

Your clothing requirements may vary based on the climate conditions of your study abroad destination. However, a perfect travel checklist for international students definitely requires you to carry with you the following:

  1. A few pairs of formal shirts and pants
  2. Some smart casuals
  3. Some home wear clothes (for those days when you want to laze at home)
  4. Night-wears
  5. Underclothes
  6. Thermals
  7. Swimming suits
  8. Outdoor Clothes
  9. Informal Party Wear
  10. Belts
  11. Coats/Jackets
  12. Regular flip-flops or sandals
  13. Sneakers
  14. Formal shoes
  15. Cold-weather gear like gloves, mittens, hats, scarfs

The 18 Kitchen Essentials In A Travel Checklist For International Students

  1. Pressure Cooker
  2. Plastic containers
  3. Frying pan
  4. Peeler
  5. Coffee mug
  6. Spice rack
  7. Dinner plate
  8. Serving bowl
  9. Half plate
  10. Table spoons
  11. Tea spoons
  12. Knives
  13. Forks
  14. Cheese grater
  15. Chopping board
  16. Spatula
  17. Kitchen napkins
  18. Drinking glass

The Toiletries That You Will Need

More often than not, we always land up forgetting a brush or a comb and we end up having to make-do with our mishaps somehow but a travel checklist for international students will help you avoid having to make-do with unplanned situations.

  1. 1-quart zip-top Ziploc bags
  2. Shampoo/ conditioner
  3. Toothbrush/ toothpaste
  4. Soap
  5. Deodorant
  6. Feminine products 
  7. Brush/ comb (That victory moment when you have afterall packed it!)
  8. Razors
  9. Contact lenses
  10. Glasses
  11. Nail clippers
  12. Makeup
  13. Over-the-counter medicines
  14. Tissues/ toilet paper (You don’t want to be stuck in a bathroom with no TP!)
  15. Medications 

Travel Checklist For International Students Finale: Additionals That Always Come Handy



That triumphant feeling you get when you think well ahead in time and pack extra items only to know that they come handy too! We have listed a few that we think will be of use to you:

  • Backpack, Wallet
  • A convertible adapter
  • Sunglasses, extra eye glasses, contacts
  • Your home country cell phone (could use it at least in the airport to catch up with someone) 
  • Laptop and charger ( you may need an outlet adapter for your charger to work, otherwise you will have to resort to other options)
  • Camera and charger
  • Sheets, bed linens
  • Bath towels
  • Enough prescription drugs for the length of your stay 
  • MP3 Player/ iPod (could be of use when you have those long flights)
  • Sleep sack/ sleeping bag 
  • Journal/ diary 
  • 100 ml plastic bottles (you never know when these bottles could be life savers)
  • Water bottle (plastic bottles are better in terms of security checks)
  • A few hangers
  • Passport-size photographs


On a concluding note, if you carry along all the above mentioned items before your departure, then congratulations are in order! You have just made it to the finale of the complete travel checklist for students. You are now ready to board your flight and venture out into new beginnings.

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