1. The Maps.Me application for your smartphone

Because you won’t have internet without wifi abroad, the idea of life without GPS in a new city in a different language may be daunting! But with Maps.Me, you can download maps for use out in the city, save your favorite spots, and even get directions, all without internet access.

2. A gift for your host family

To share a bit of who you are and where you come from, show your appreciation for your host family’s role in your abroad experience by bringing them a bit of your home. As a New Englander, I always bring a little maple syrup!

3. A durable journal

With the life-changing elements of traveling abroad, you’ll want a place to record your real-time thoughts and activities, to look back on when you miss your home away from home! Because of the unpredictability of abroad, it’s a good idea to find a durable journal, like Rite in the Rain.

4. CLOTHES YOU DON'T MIND DIRTYING UP

Studying abroad is a time when you are sure to get out of your comfort zone, and sometimes down in the dirt. Helping plant a community garden, painting chairs for a nearby school, or hiking a muddy trail to a cave, we recommend packing clothes you can rip, tear, and stain without sacrificing your cashmere sweater and expensive jeans.

5. A LARGE REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE

Instead of spending your abroad experience purchasing bottled water everyday, help the environment by using less plastic and refilling a large water bottle, which you can decorate with stickers or even paint to make your own.

6. A guide to the night sky

Whether it be an application for your phone, a book, or a map, you’ll likely be spending some time in places where the starry night sky will be beautiful abroad, and perhaps different from what you see at home!

7. A QUICK-DRY TOWEL

Compact and lightweight towels, like PackTowl, can absorb four times their weight in water, and dry in a flash! Perfect for your hike to the nearby waterfall, to pack in your backpack for a weekend away, or to throw in your beach bag! 

8. PEANUT BUTTER

This may surprise you, but if you're going abroad to South America or Europe, you won't find peanut butter anywhere (and we you do, it's fundamentally a different substance). If you're a PB fanatic, or want a protein filled snack on the go, pack a jar in your suitcase. 

9. A WATERPROOF DISPOSABLE CAMERA 

With all the time you’ll spend swimming in the clear ocean waters, cenotes, rivers, or waterfalls, a waterproof camera will capture all of the wet and wild photos from you whitewater rafting trip to your rainforest hikes!

10. LEAVE ROOM IN YOUR SUITCASE

You’re bound to buy gifts, artisan work, or new clothing abroad, so leave a little space to bring these back home!

No matter where you go in the world, El Nomad has got your back. With resources on scholarships, how to put study abroad on your resume, and how to keep up with your language skills, we’re here for you every step of the way. As experts in travel and study abroad, we’re more than happy to answer questions, give advice on trip planning, and get you excited for the opportunities ahead. 

Go on, the world awaits.



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