Are you nervous to start living your Erasmus experience? Do you have many doubts about your Erasmus suitcase? Don’t you know what to take? And more importantly, don’t you want to leave anything important? I give you a preview of what you will realize when you finish your Erasmus, most of the things are PRESCINDIBLE.

Before organizing the suitcase

1. Hire the outbound flight and read the luggage conditions of your company

Each airline has its own characteristics. Firstly, taking the plane ticket is the main thing and not taking the risk that prices will skyrocket, and you will know how much weight in your luggage you are allowed to carry. I also take the opportunity to remind you a couple of important points:

  • In ESN, you have discounts with Ryanair and the suitcase would be free, I recommend you taking a look at the post of “the Erasmus Bible” which has detailed information about this topic.
  • Keeping your flight back in your mind. You can consider it as something distant but … if you wait a long time to buy it, prices will rise, so write it down in your reminders.

2. Study a bit your Erasmus city before the trip

This is something that you have almost certainly done at the time of choosing your Erasmus destination, and if you have not done so, dear friend … what are you waiting for?
In general, getting some information about the weather in your Erasmus city, minimum and maximum day-to-day temperatures, if the weather of the city has a lot of rain, snowfall, sun … this will obviously influence a lot on what to take in your Erasmus suitcase.

3. Checking how the country switches are

It seems like an idiocy, but more than one has been left an idiot’s face when he has seen that his switch was worthless. when you see yourself in your Erasmus city and you cannot charge even your mobile … Houston, we have a problem.

4. Mobile Internet

Another basic. Check that your phone company has roaming enabled. I’m going to explain it better:

  • If you are from any European Economic Area country, roaming with other EU countries is included for free, you just have to activate it with your operator and getting information about the limitations. Check that they activate it.
  • If your country is NOT from the European Economic Area, then your operator can charge you for using internet or calls. Therefore, contact your operator to see what kind of solution he proposes and if he does not, you should consider buying a prepaid SIM card.

5. Creating a list of clothes

To make a list of the clothes that you are going to take in your Erasmus suitcase. At the end of this blog, I leave the list for you to copy and paste in your notes. This way you don’t have to start from zero list, just modify it. You are welcome 🙂

Essentials for your suitcase

1. Documentation / papers needed

There are few important / essential things for the Erasmus suitcase, and these are some of them. Therefore, do not forget them.

  • Documentation / papers needed. There are few important / essential things for the Erasmus suitcase, and these are some of them. Therefore, do not forget them.
  • ID / PASSPORT
  • European sanitary card
  • Erasmus papers
  • Learning Agreement
  • Letter of confirmation
  • Fiscal Documentation. In some countries you will need to request tax documentation to carry out procedures in your Erasmus country. As an illustrative example, in Italy it is the Codice Fiscale.
  • Driving license

2. Documentation + address of the Residence, Hotel or apartment

You should take the documents of the place where you are going to spend the first days or your entire stay. Honestly, I always carry all that documentation on my mobile but if you like to prevent, it does not take much. Keep them in your suitcase!

3. Cash + bank card

You should always take cash money, you don’t know in what kind of situation you can see yourself. I cannot recommend an amount because it all depends on the destination you go to. As for the bank card, stay tuned and find out which banks charge you commissions to get money in your Erasmus country.

* Attention! I will soon write a blog about bank cards in which you will not pay any commission.

4. Clothes

The clothes will depend very much where you go. I recommend that you do not take things / clothes that are “just in case” garments, it is absurd. You will end up wearing the same clothes that you use as usually, and if you need anything you will buy it during your Erasmus.

* tip: If you have the chance, there is a documentary called Minimalism on Netflix. I recommend it: one of the parts of the documentary, a girl tells the challenge of how to live, if I’m not mistaken, for a year without repeating a set with very few clothes.

Let’s move on to what I recommend you bring:

This list is a generic one, if for example you plan to play sports or go to the gym, obviously you will have to add more clothes. The garments that I recommend for a colder destination I point you to the following emoji. ❄️

Upper part

  • 4 t-shirts
  • 4 long sleeve t-shirts
  • 2 shirts / dresses
  • 2o3 thermal shirts ❄️
  • 5/7 between sweatshirts, jackets and jerseys.
  • 2 coats

Accessories

  • 1/3 Caps
  • 2/3 scarves
  • 1/3 gloves
Inferior part

  • 9/12 underwear (time to wash during the week)
  • 5/7 socks
  • 1/4 thermal (depends on your destination)
  • 2 jeans
  • 2 pants (Chinese or dress)
  • 1/2 sweatpants
  • 1/2 thermal mesh ❄️
  • 2 pijamas

shoes / sports

  • 1/2 sports (1 you will wear)
  • 1 cold boots ❄️
  • 1 dress shoes (try to be usable on more than one occasion)

5. Towel

I would advise you to buy a pair of microfiber towels (as an illustrative example, I recommend the Decathlon’s microfiber towels). They take up very little space, dry very well, and weigh quite little.

6. Bed sheets

You should find out if where you are going to stay you will need them. Anyway, I would take them for hygiene or if you are a bit modest … it is better to take some from home or check if there is an IKEA or PRIMARK nearby to your Erasmus city in order to buy them directly there.

7. Basic medicine

You know yourself better than anyone, take that medicine that you know that can be useful to you.

8. Electronic devices

Pay attention to this aspect as far as sometimes we take more than we need, and this is one of those cases.

  • Laptop. This is just right in 90% of the essential cases. To go to university, do your work, watch your series, etc.
  • Tablet. This depends on the particular case. I did need it during my Erasmus as my degree demanded a tablet. However, I imagine that this is not a general case.
  • Photo camera. I regretted taking it away. During all my Erasmus, I spent it very rarely, when I went on a tourist I took pictures with my mobile. Nowadays, most of the phones take high quality photos, they have cameras that simulate portraits, panoramas, etc.
    For the use that the majority of the people gives (to show off your experience or keep them for the memory) with a good smartphone and a good photo editing app, you are left over.
    In this post about the best Apps for your Erasmus in Spain, I leave you a list of apps that are handy to edit your photos. I took the photos with my mobile and then I edit them through Lightroom and, as a result, I have spectacular photos.
  • Hair straightener / dryer. As far as I am concerned, finding out if there is a hair dryer or iron where you are staying is very useful. In case you do not have it in your future accommodation … you have the option of taking a hairdryer and / or hair straightener or buy it on Amazon when you arrive to your Erasmus city.

 9. Toilet bag

Here, you should take the necessary and essential elements, remember that wherever you go you can buy the most common hygiene products. It is almost more important to take those special creams that you use regularly and that there where you go they are not easy to find or they are very expensive. Keep in mind that when traveling by plane you only can take cans of up to 100 ml and not glass (some countries are very strict with this).

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Special creams
  • Suburb
  • Small boat of lacquer, wax or whatever you use for hair (small, you can buy it wherever you go)
  • Small gel and shampoo
  • Makeup

10. Food

I sincerely recommend that before leaving Erasmus you get some information of the prices of the food. I didn’t do it for my Erasmus trip and there I realized that the meat and nuts were very expensive. A luxury product for the scholarship I had as Erasmus.

During the preparation of the suitcase

1. Packing the clothes using a vacuum

This will allow you to save a lot of space in the case that, for example, you go to a cold country, the clothes tend to be quite bulky.

2. Weigh the suitcase before leaving home. It is quite obvious

I don’t know if you usually do it, but I highly recommend it, you will go quieter and you will not take any fright at the airport.

Other things that may come in handy in your Erasmus suitcase

1. Photos of your family

Before I left Erasmus, it was something I didn’t even think about putting in my Erasmus suitcase. Before leaving, my partner gave me a series of photos with her, my family, my dog, friends, etc. It may seem a stupid thing but the first few days you may have a feeling of loneliness and this I promise that was a helpful thing.

My girlfriend, in case it serves you, printed them in Cheerz, she chose the retro development and they had great quality.

2. Package shipping companies

You should know that you have the option of having your package sent by your family. This could be useful in case you missed any important thing. Another great good reason not to load your Erasmus suitcase with unnecessary things.

Final list

I leave here the list for you to copy and paste in your notes.

Upper part

  • 4 t-shirts
  • 4 long sleeve t-shirts
  • 2 shirts / dresses
  • 2o3 thermal shirts ❄️
  • 5/7 between sweatshirts, jackets and jerseys.
  • 2 coats

Accessories

  • 1/3 Caps
  • 2/3 scarves
  • 1/3 gloves

Toilet bag

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • Special creams
  • Perfume
  • Small can of lacquer, wax or whatever you use for hair
  • Small gel and shampoo
  • makeup

Electronic devices

  • Computer
  • Charger / chargers
  • Hair dryer / Hair iron 
  • Country plugs where are you going
Inferior part

  • 9/12 underwear (time to wash during the week)
  • 5/7 socks
  • 1/4 thermal (depends on your destination)
  • 2 jeans
  • 2 pants (Chinese or dress)
  • 1/2 sweatpants
  • 1/2 thermal mesh ❄️
  • 2 pijamas

Basic medicine

2 towels

2 bed sheets

Documentation/papers

  • ID / Passport
  • European sanitary card
  • Erasmus papers
  • Learning Agreement
  • Letter of confirmation
  • Fiscal Documentation.
  • Driving license
  • Cash
  • Bank card

Have I forgotten anything?

Do you think I left something important for your Erasmus suitcase? If so, share it and if we really consider it essential we will add it to this post. Feel free to comment!

Greetings Erasmuser 🙂

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