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Packing & Storage Tips For Studying Abroad

Just store It | May 03, 2019

The decision to leave Knoxville for a semester probably wasn’t an easy one, but you’re already looking forward to the bustling beaches of Barcelona, the perfect if not pretentious rues of Paris, and the enchanting crowds of China.

Just because you’re leaving Knoxville for a stint, however, doesn’t mean that your stuff gets the same opportunity. There’s enough to think about as you prepare for a study abroad trip, and Just Store It! in Knoxville is here to make sure your things are taken care of as you jetset around the world.

Take a gander at some of these packing and storage tips as you decide what to take and what to leave behind during your semester.

Use A Backpack

One of our best pieces of advice is to use a backpack as opposed to luggage with wheels. When you’re skirting between hostels, taking all forms of public transportation, and spending time generally on the move, having a backpack makes it a lot easier to move.

If you’re worried about the security of having something on your back, you can invest in small locks so that nobody can open the zippers of your pack if you’re not watching.

Make sure your pack is at least 60 litres, but also ensure that you can carry the weight you’ll put in the pack. The bigger the pack, the heavier it becomes.

To save space in your pack, always put your heaviest, bulkiest things at the bottom of the pack and stuff clothing and more malleable things around the big items.

Don’t Bring More Than A Few Of The Same Item Type

It can be tempting to want to bring all of your cutest dresses or best dress shirts for your study abroad semester. After all, you want to look good and feel good comfortable as you travel. As best as you can, resist the temptation to bring too much of the same item.

Pack based on function more than form. You don’t want too many of the same outer layer, type of shoe, etc. You might wash your clothes and repeat outfits a bit more than usual, but that’s just a part of traveling abroad.

Save Space In Your Pack

Souvenir shopping will be your favorite extracurricular activity during your study abroad. You’ll need to find the perfect trinkets for your family, friends, and yourself. Keep this in mind as you pack initially, saving space for everything you’ll want to bring back to Knoxville.

Use A Storage Unit

You probably noticed that most of our tips are all about minimizing the amount of stuff you’re bringing to Knoxville. But what are you to do with all your remaining items when you’re out of the country?

Investing in a storage unit is the best decision you can make. Storage units not only mean you don’t need to deal with pesky lease agreements, but they also ensure that your things remain safe, temperature-controlled, and consolidated.

If you’re worried about the price, see if you can find another study abroad buddy who will split the cost with you.

For great storage units at affordable prices, contact Just Store It! today in Knoxville.