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The Ultimate Packlist for Southern U.S.

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Although exchange students might not fully be aware of the real extension that ten/five months have, after a couple of weeks your closet seems to get smaller and more boring everyday (especially if you are not shopping too often or as much as you thought). This is why it is so important to pack the right things into the small luggage that you take with you on the plane and not waste the space for clothing items you will not end up wearing, just because they are not climate/culture appropriate . So here is a list of things to pack and what to let at home. It is based on an exchange year in the southern states of the U.S., ranging from august until june, but anybody is welcome to take ideas off of this post.

I also provided a small overview of what you should pack less and what more of, in the whole ratio of the amount you pack.



Of course you need a base of clothing items. But I would recommend you to pack less shorts, dresses/skirts and short-sleeved shirts, generally anything for summer, as the colder seasons will arrive first when starting your exchange year in august and air-conditioning is used any and everywhere without you sweating or being much outside. By the time it gets warmer again you will probably have been out shopping a lot for the next season and getting all the American styles in, that you will not wear your old tees and tanks much.

The same concept with shoes. The styles and variety (depending on where you live at home) are so different that you will want to buy something in every store.

dress and outer

DO pack sweaters and jackets/cardigans that you can throw over, as the air-conditioning might be very uncomfortable and you will want to wear something cozy for school, trust me.

sports pjs

You won’t need many pj’s nor much underwear and socks that take up space, as you are probably going to wash your laundry about once a week. And pack some sports clothes, even if you don’t plan on doing school-sports (though highly recommended). You never know!

accFor jewelry, I took a bit too much with me. At the moment I am only wearing my favorite necklace and occasionally some bracelets. And if you want to safe more space for heavy sweaters and presents or your luggage is too small, leave purses and book bags at home and buy them in the next mall after arriving.

Now, have fun packing!



The Minimalist Summer Packlist


I am a minimalist. A proud one! I sort (not only) my closet out very often. I have to say it is getting less and less… But I like it. Very, very much. And so I though about making this post!

I also came up with the idea after traveling to Crete, as I packed way too much (I ended up wearing the same three outfits that week). So here is what you will only need for a week spent in the south of Europe in summer.


Basic-Colored Shirts –
they pair fine to anything and  two to three options are totally
fine, as you will probably also just enjoy the sun in your bikini packlistthe whole day.

Sweater  –
always take one with you at night time, no matter how warm it seems! That is something I learned in my years of going out at night. You don’t want to freeze your butt off, while enjoying an awesome dinner.

Jackets/Cardigans – a jean jacket for the same reason as the sweater, in case you wanna change it up. The cardigan is for a colder morning, when you wake up early and maybe want to take a walk on the beach or so. Or if there is air-conditioning at the breakfast-buffet.


Shorts – for obvious reasons…you need some pants! Two different colored ones is the best way to go, as you can change up an outfit!

Long pair of loose jeans – here again, if it gets colder or if you want to look somewhat chic”er” for a dinner.

Dress – to quickly throw it over, if you don’t  want to walk around in your bikini.


Sneakers – in case you want to explore some sights. I always use my nikes (free 5.0) and you DON’T sweat at all in them.

Ballerinas – for restaurant-dinners and any other occasions for that you need to look nice.

Flip Flops – because they are comfortable and you can’t walk long on hot paths around the hotel. And because it is holidays


Bikini, Sunglasses, Hat – to swim, tan, and not be disturbed by the sun.

All the clothing items are very, very similar to what I took with me to Crete, so check out my outfits in my posts, in case you want to find some inspiration :)