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Fall 2019 Ashley McDonnell

How to pack for a month abroad! by Ashley McDonnell

This past summer, I participated in a study abroad session through my university that was the summer of a lifetime. I spent a month travelling across Europe, experiencing many different cultures and learning about the world.


In terms of clothing, I always liked packing options, because you never know what sort of outfit you are going to be in the mood for each day. However, packing for a month in one suitcase does not allow you to bring every single option in your The trip started in Cyprus, which is closet. I’ve learned that packing an island off of Turkey in the Medi- clothing items that you can mix and terranean, and ended in London, match is the best. with stops in Paris and Venice in between. Each city that we were If you bring a lot of patterned tops going to required different types of and bottoms, it is harder to wear clothing so, before the trip began, I those items more than a few times. was nervous about packing. I tend The outfit gets old, certain tops to be an “over-packer” even for only match with certain bottoms, small trips, so I knew a month in etc. Instead, try packing basics, or Europe was going to be difficult. things that can go with a bunch of After spending countless hours different items. For example, a pair reading travel blogs and watchof “mom-jeans” goes a long way. ing packing tutorials, I found that I wore my plain blue jeans many I had been going about packing times because I could pair it with a completely wrong my whole life. I variety of items. A plain tee-shirt learned a lot after packing for my for a casual look, a statement tank European adventure. top if you are doing a lot of walking


around in the heat, an oversized knit sweater if it’s chilly, or a fancy blouse and some booties for a nice evening out. The options are endless! I found that my one pair of jeans was great for every occasion. You can do the same thing with tops. Pack more basic, single color tops that you can mix-and-match with different bottoms, and easily change the style! In terms of dresses and jumpsuits, try not to pack too many. Pack your favorites that you know that you will wear no matter what.

Keep reading on the next page to find out more!

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Teal Darkenwald, an Associate Professor at East Carolina University, runs a study abroad session to London and Paris every summer. When asked about packing she said, “Bring lots of layers in a neutral color. My standard is always black because it goes with everything and looks appropriate in all city environments. If you are somewhere in a warmer climate, a white, tan or denim jacket or light shawl may work. Prepare for the air conditioning indoors because the climate may be super hot outside but the air is freezing.”


A pair of shoes makes an outfit, so you always want to pack a bunch of options. The problem is shoes take up space in a suitcase and can add on too much weight. I learned to only pack shoes that I know I am going to wear, and shoes that are comfortable to be wearing for a long time. In general, going on a trip means that you will probably be doing sightseeing, which requires a lot of walking.

Students Allegra Persico, Catherine White and Michaela O’Leary at airport before study abroad trip Photo by Ashley McDonnell

The cute pair of heels that matches your outfit perfectly, trust me, are not worth it. Instead, pack a pair of sneakers that are going to last you through every day. A pair of plain white sneakers can keep an outfit looking nice while also being comfortable.


Most people don’t realize that how you fold your clothes in your suitcase matters. A significant amount of space can be saved if you fold correctly. My first tip is to buy packing cubes. These are small, fabric cubes that you can designate to certain items of clothing. For example, you put all of your tops in one cube and all of your

all of your bottoms in another. That way, you do not have to rummage through your entire suitcase when looking for a specific item. Courtney D’Angelo is a professional Irish Step Dancer form Dublin, Ohio and spends most of her days travelling the world on tour. When asked about packing she said, “My greatest piece of advice is to organize everything in packing cubes. The cubes save so much time and space, helping you to stay organized in all of your travels.”

“My greatest piece of advice is to organize everything in packing cubes. The cubes save so much time and space, helping you to stay organized in all of your travels.” — Courtney D’Angelo


In terms of folding, the KonMari folding technique is the best way to optimize space in your suitcase. This folding method has more clothes standing upright, rather than laying flat, in order to decrease wrinkles and create more space. This upright method also allows you to see every clothing item that you have packed, making it easier to find exactly what item that you need.

Folding like a pro!

Following these simple packing tricks and strategies will help you optimize space in your suitcase, while staying organized during all of your travels abroad!

Read about the best tips and tricks for budgeting while abroad on the next page!


How to navigate traveling on a budget by Emmersyn Ruhmke

Study abroad students in Berlin Photo by Emmersyn Ruhmke

Ich habe 400-euro für zwei woche im Berlin. Didn’t understand that? Unless you know some German probably not. Studying abroad can be stressful, especially if you don’t know the native language. It can be overwhelming if you didn’t save up as much money as you thought you would. There are plenty of things to do before and during your trip that can help put your mind at ease. Here are a few tips to help you navigate through a foreign country on a budget.

Work and Plan

Months before you go on your trip make sure you’re saving money because traveling is expensive. I de-cluttered my closet and sold old clothes, worked extra hours at my job, and did other tiny side jobs like walking dogs or babysitting.

“I saved up so I would have $150 a week to spend on fun, and food…It was enough for me,” study abroad Berlin 2019 East Carolina University student Arianna Ford, said.

If you are planning weekend trips to different places, make sure it won’t ruin your budget. I looked on Airbnb to find cheap apartments or hotels to stay in. You can find some as low as $40 a night, and if you split with You can order the currency of friends it’s even cheaper. Planthe country you’re going to early ning out your trip is very stressthrough your bank, if they have ful if you’re rushing it, so give this service. You don’t have yourself plenty of time. an exchange rate when doing this, and it can save you a lot of Everyday Language money. Having extra money is “I came to Berlin and knew no always a good idea in case you German. Although I was taking run out or have an emergency. classes it was still hard to figure out what people were saying,” Planning out your trip early is a key study abroad Berlin 2019, East way to save money. Look up activCaroline University student ities you want to do, transit details, John Kerr said. Using apps like food expenses and how much they Duolingo and dictionaries can all cost. Book activities early to help you learn basic everyday ensure you’re getting the cheapest flights, do the same with train tick- language to help you travel through the city. It’s a good idea ets, and bus or tram tickets. If you want to eat at a famous restaurant learn how to ask for directions, in the city, I recommend making order food (and coffee), etc. reservations early.


You can look this wording up as you go through your trip as well. Google Translate doesn’t always translate correctly and may make you sound crazy. It’s better to use other sources to translate correctly. I downloaded the “German Phrase Book by Language learning university” when I went to Germany, which covered 1,000 different phrases in eating, shopping, traveling, and more. There are books like this is in many different languages to help suit your needs as you travel.

Phone service doesn’t always work, and this is why you need to know some basics in the language so you can find your way.

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In the City

Once you get to your city, you’ll want to exchange your money in the airport to get the best exchange rate. Understand that the rate could be bad at the time and you’d be getting 80 euros for your $100 bill. This is why it is best to get your money through the bank early. In Germany a lot of people didn’t use credit and debit cards, which was different from America. Cash was the main use of currency, and using a card was a hassle. Always have some amount of cash on you.

“I saved up so I would have $150 a week to spend on fun, and food…It was enough for me,” ­—Arianna Ford

Read about how to hit the best spots in Paris on the next page ! Photo by Ashley McDonnell

To navigate the city, I used Google Maps to understand the transit. It tells you when busses or trains are coming and which train you need to get on. If you don’t understand where you’re going, this is where your language book comes in. It is best to be prepared to get lost. I got lost my first day.


How to hit the best spots in Paris! by Hallie Williams

If you are studying abroad and travelling on the weekends, or if you are backpacking through Europe, here is a perfect “how to” article on hitting the best spots in Paris within two days. Only having two days in Paris can get overwhelming when it comes to what to do, where to go, and how to get there. I recommend staying in central Paris when having a limited amount of time. This allows you easy access to travelling to sites by foot. One of the best neighborhoods for staying in is the Marais. It is located in the center of Paris and provides a rich sense of culture. The Marais is home to a large Jewish population and also a large gay population. It allows you to see different sides of the city that not many people have the chance to see. It is also located right near Notre Dame and the Louvre Museum.

Notre Dame, also known as Notre-Dame de Paris, is a Catholic cathedral that is considered to be the most famous Gothic cathedral from the Middle Ages because of its size and its architecture, according to Notre Dame is located in the heart of Paris and in what is called the“Latin Quarter.” Notre Dame is an important monument for France because it has been standing throughout different stages of French history, including the crusades, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic era and both World Wars.

Hallie on the steps of the Louvre Photo by Hallie Williams

“One of my very favorite places in Paris is the Palais Royal,” said ECU French Associate Professor Marylaua Papalas. “It is an enclosed garden that also has a portico surrounding it with stores and restaurants. I love to go there because there is a Walking distance from Notre Dame is the Louvre Museum, neat ambiance to sit and read a also known as Musée du” It has one of the largest collections of art in the world, After exploring the Louvre and the beautifully manicured garincluding art from Ancient Egypt and European art dated dens surrounding it, you can around the 1850s. The Louvre walk straight to the Champsdisplays the Mona Lisa, painted Élysées. On this street, you will by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1503. discover all the popular stores Outside of the Louvre, there are from around the world, includmany gardens to explore. The ing Zara, Chanel and Adidas. It Tuileries are the gardens you see also has cafés and restaurants to when standing at the entrance. enjoy a nice meal at lunch time while taking a break from To the right, you can see the shopping. gardens of Palais Royal.


. The Eiffel Tower is the next spot on my list of places to go. This is one of my favorite places in Paris. It is touristy; however, it is a wonderful place to have picnics and take pictures of yourself and friends.

Even though Paris is a grand city, don’t get stressed out about where to go and what to see. The French live a lifestyle of being in the moment and not worrying about what’s up next on the agenda. Find a cute cafe,

sip on some coffee and enjoy the time you are spending in Paris.

Jenna Juliano, a student at East Carolina University, said her favorite part of visiting Paris during her study abroad was “sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower while watching the sunset.” The last monument I recommend visiting is the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. It is located on the top of the hill in the beautiful neighborhood of Montmartre. I recommend taking a big chunk of the day to visit because it is farther out than the other monuments. To get to Sacré-Coeur, you need to take the metro. After arriving in Montmartre, you will see that there still is a ways to go to get to the Basilica. You need to walk up the hill to get to the entrance of Sacré-Coeur. Once you wander through the ornate church, take a tour through the Place de Tertre. This square is home to many artists who come during the spring, summer and fall to paint and sell their art.

Student Hallie Williams in front of the Eiffel Tower Photo by Hallie Williams

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Students How 2: A Newsletter for You, the college student who wants to learn how to do everything better, easier or cheaper. This issue is...

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