Study Abroad 101, Travel

What to pack for Exchange?

As you have probably gather from reading my blog or watching my youtube…I am going on an exchange to France for a year. And maybe if your reading this you’re trying to figure out what to pack yourself or maybe your thinking of going on exchange yourself too. Well let me tell you as a girl this whole packing thing is very hard. I have picked out all my clothes, but I still think I’m going to be over the weight limit of 44lbs.

Anyway I should probably start with the restrictions for luggage that AFS requires. AFS allows you to have one checked luggage bag that cannot exceed 44lbs. They also allow you to have one checked carry-on bag the cannot exceed 8in x 16in x 21in and up to 16lbs. A tip AFS gives is that when you find out your domestic and international airlines, go to the airline website and find information about the size/weight restrictions and fees.

One blog I found recommended 7-10days worth of clothes, but you see that just won’t work for me. I love shopping and fashion so I may have “overpacked”  in that region. oh well. Here’s all of the stuff I packed….




  • one sweater
  • two cardigans
  • four pairs of jeans (different styles and colors)
  • one pair of spring pants
  • four dresses (one is more fancy)
  • one belt
  • running shoes
  • converse
  • two pairs of flip flops
  • one pair of boots
  • 7-10 pairs of bras (different styles)
  • 7-10 pairs of socks
  • 7-10 pairs of underwear
  • two pairs of pajamas (one pair of shorts, one pair of longer pants)
  • three coats/jackets (one raincoat, two normal coats)
  • two pairs of workout pants (one pair of shorts, one pair of leggings)
  • 7 pairs of dressier shirts
  • swimsuit
  • 8 pairs of causal shirts (three shirts are for workout/pjs)


  • shampoo/conditioner
  • deodorant
  • toothpaste & toothbrush
  • tissues
  • hair accessories (hair bands, bobby pins, headbands)
  • nail clippers, tweezers, razor
  • hairbrush
  • skin and cosmetic products
  • pads and/or tampons


  • journal
  • pens/pencils
  • addresses (to write letters back home)
  • backpack
  • camera and memory cards
  • selfie stick
  • laptop
  • host gifts
  • adaptors
  • meds
  • purse
  • small games/ coloring books (for the plane)
  • small snacks
  • chargers (for electronics)
  • jewelry


  • suitcase
  • passport
  • cash (from both countries)
  • credit/debit card
  • 1-2 forms of ID

Make sure to pack 2-3 days worth of clothes into your carry-on because it makes your life easier at the orientations. Also while packing, make sure to pick out clothes you wear regularly and that can be easily layered.


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