3 must-have back-to-school items for studying abroad
By Aimee Heckel
Whether you’re headed overseas to study this year, or you’re just chasing an educational opportunity in another time zone, knowing what to pack and being prepared can help make the transition easier.
The NAFSA Association of International Educators reports that in 2010-11, about 1 percent of all U.S. higher-ed students studied abroad. But that number is significantly more at certain schools, according to the US News and World Report. For example, 100 percent of the students at Groucher College in Baltimore, MD, spend time abroad. Even schools like Dartmouth in Hanover, NH, boast a 60 percent study-abroad rate.
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Wherever your education takes you, here are three must-have back-to-school items for your unique school situation — and how to save money on them.
1. A private wi-fi hotspot. You never know how reliable — or safe — the Internet will be abroad, so bring your own network with you. Only $10 a month at privatewifi.com. Try a three-day trial for free.
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2. A power adapter. You will need to charge your phone, laptop, iPad and other goodies, but the outlets abroad are different. Pick up a six-piece adapter kit that works at most countries at Brookstone for $30.99.
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3. A top-notch travel laptop bag. Targus makes a high-quality travel case on wheels, ideal if you have a lot of walking or city-hopping planned. Store a large notebook, plus have space for some clothes and the essentials. No extra bags needed. We especially love the zip-down workstation, with special compartments for pens, keys, business cards and more. Find the Targus laptop suitcase at Radioshack for $89.99.
For extra support (and style), protect your laptop in a padded case, like this beautiful French-inspired laptop case available on Etsy, for $34.99.
Want more help preparing for your trip? Check out the Study Abroad Blog’s study abroad packing list. Visit the website to sign up to get a free survival guide, too, “The Ultimate Study Abroad Guide.”
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