Study abroad guide: Packing list for people living in tropical wet and dry or savanna climate countries

Travel Plan (Yosomono Flickr)
Travel Plan (Yosomono Flickr)
Travel Plan (Yosomono Flickr)

Preparing for my trip to Dublin, Ireland was exciting and a little confusing. I wasn’t sure of what to pack and things to take along with me, but anyway, we thank God daily for google right? I was able to find a website (can’t remember the name right now) that had a list and was disappointed that no Nigerian blogger had a packing list guide post online or maybe I didn’t search well enough.

I followed the packing list and I packed extra; someone can never be too sure you know.

Packing (Karl Baron Flickr)
Packing (Karl Baron Flickr)

The study abroad packing list;

Underwear (two weeks worth)
Socks (two weeks worth)
Long sleeves shirts
Sweatshirt / hoodie (2 -3)
Jeans /Khakis (2 -3 pairs)
A set or two of workout clothes
Coats /Jackets
At least one nice outfit for formal occasions
flipflops / sandals
Sneakers / dress shoes / boots / rain boots
Cold weather gear (ie gloves / mittens / hats / scarfs)
Note please that some of the things above I got them here for some reasons.

Now, my personal advice for people in tropical wet and dry or savanna climate like my beloved country Nigeria

A view from the Sheraton Hotel. Abuja Nigeria (Jeff Attaway Flickr)
A view from the Sheraton Hotel. Abuja Nigeria (Jeff Attaway Flickr)
  • Please have yourself tested for Malaria and get drugs for it too. I know of someone in my college  that was quarantined when he got ill here. Was not a serious issue, but they wanted to be really sure of what was wrong with the guy since he was coming from a foreign country and he was not happy about it.
  • Know more about the country’s weather and carry mentholated cream such as rubb. I have battled with an unattractive flu and with the drugs coupled with robb, I was fine in few days.
  • If you are in Lagos, go to eko market and buy many pashminas to protect your neck during the cold season.
  • Leave all your chiffons and light clothes behind because you just might not need them; their warm isn’t our warm to be honest.
  • Prepare your body and soul to avoid culture shock and again;  do not forget to read about the country you are to study in.
  • Keep a journal if you can.

Finally, the International Marketing Officer of Griffth College Dublin , Michael Galvin has three words for international students coming from savanna climate countries to study in Dublin:

Bring warm clothes.

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