How to pack for your year abroad
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So you know where you’re going, your parents are already worrying about, well… everything, your university has overloaded you with Year Abroad information and all of a sudden its time to pack! I’m just about to finish my YA so here is my list of the essential items you need to take with you… 1. Adaptor plug. It might seem obvious, but it’s small and easily forgotten and despite what you may think. Three-pin adaptors are not easy to find in lots of European countries and they can be very expensive. 2. A camera. You need a good camera to document all the cool exciting things you see and do on your YA. 3. A mini dictionary. (Or even a phrase book), at some point you will be faced with having to know some bizarre word in your language (mine was ballcock valve... our toilet broke – it is robinet à flotteur in French, in case you were wondering) and I was very glad I had my dictionary on hand to explain what was going on! 4. Laptop! Lots of European universities don’t have as good computer facilities as UK universities, and Internet cafes are a pain. This way you can keep up with your assignments, stream English television, stay in contact with your friends and family and make them all jealous with copious photo uploads on Facebook.
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