If you are planning on studying or interning overseas, you probably think you know what you need to do. Book flights, arrange accommodation, sort out travel insurance, and pack the sunscreen.
But here are some more tips for things that you probably haven’t thought about yet!
1. Download Movies/TV shows
Don’t assume that you’ll have access to unlimited internet in your accommodation. True, you may be given an allowance – but the likes of Netflix, Skype and FaceTime will eat into it. Fast. Instead, make sure you have a pen drive or external hard drive full of your favourite movies and tv shows for those times you just want to chill – especially the first few days when you are super jet lagged!
2. Join a social media page
Before you go abroad, make some friends by joining a social media group or page! Most programmes and universities have them. This is a great way to meet people before you get there – that way you’ll know what to expect and have someone to talk to once you get there!
3. Unlock your mobile
You are most likely going to need a sim card for whatever country you are jetting off to, so make sure your mobile phone is unlocked. To do this, just take your phone to your network provider and get them to check! This also saves you buying a new phone.
4. Look into buying a Dongle
As mentioned before, you might not have unlimited wifi at your accommodation. So, to help you manage your data a bit better, you might want to look into buying a dongle – or similar mobile wifi device. You’ll probably need to wait until you are in your destination, but shop around online and see what the best deals are.
5. Travel Adapters!
You’ve packed your phone and laptop chargers, your hair dryer, straighteners and curlers but you get to your new country and find that they don’t fit the plugs! Make sure you don’t encounter this nightmare by buying a travel adapter before you leave. You can buy one for pretty much anywhere on Amazon these days!