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Overseas Exchange Student Guide Exchange Packing List

Exchange Packing List

A complete list on what you need for exchange. Includes almost everything you own at home. If you want to travel light,  you can always buy them overseas. 

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Personal Matters

Essentials

  • Passport & Visa
  • Photocopies of Passport & Visa
  • Soft / Hardcopy of Itineraries & Bookings
  • Softcopy of Insurance Policy & Coverage
  • Documents for School / Bank Application
  • Credit Cards (Min. 2)
  • Local Currency (Min. $100)
  • Foreign Currency 


Recommended

  • ISIC Card (Gives you student discounts, recognized internationally)
  • Bank OTP Token
  • Passport Photos
  • Pin for Sim Card Removal 


Travel

Essentials

  • Travel Pillow
  • Travel Adaptor
  • RFID Wallet / Money Belt
  • Multiplug Extension cord
  • Medicine Kit
  • Thermal Flask / Water Bottle
  • Umbrella (For rainy days)
  • Number Pad Lock (For Hostel Lockers)
  • Handheld Fan (For Summer)
  • Heat Pack (For Winter)


Optional

  • Eye Mask
  • Ear Plugs
  • Luggage Weighing Scale


Gadgets

Essentials

  • Laptop & Charger w/ Mouse
  • Hard Disk / Thumb Drive
  • Phone & Charger
  • Earpiece w/ Dongle
  • Camera & Charger 
  • Portable Charger (Especially for Winter as your phone will die often)


Recommended

  • Selfie Stick / Fisheye Lens
  • Wifi Lan / Wifi Repeater
  • DisplayPort to HDMI Cable (For mac presentation)
  • Presentation Remote


School

Essentials

  • Pen (For filling of Immigration Card / Forms)
Recommended
  • Pen Refills & Pencils / Pencil Leads
  • Files
  • Notebook
  • Foolscap Paper / A4 Paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler & Stapler Bullets
  • Calculator


Optional

  • Post It Notes
  • Hole Puncher
  • Colour Pencil 
  • Colour Markers


Kitchen

Recommended

  • Instant Noodles
  • Milo
  • Chilli Sauce
  • Tupper Wares
  • A set of Fork & Spoon


If Applicable

  • Chopsticks & Chinese Spoon

Appliances

Recommended

  • Mini Kettle
  • Portable Iron


Optional

  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Rice Cooker



Eye Wear

Recommended

  • Sunglasses


If Applicable

  • Spectacles & Casing
  • Contact Lenses
  • Contact Solution


Clothing

Essentials

  • Tops - T Shirt / Tank Top / Long Sleeves / Sweaters
  • Bottoms - Jeans / Pants / Trousers / Shorts / Skirts w/ Belt
  • Undergarments
  • Formal Wear (At least 1 Set for presentation)
  • Home Wear / Sleep Wear
  • Jacket - Cardigan / Hoodie / Denim
  • Socks (& Thermal Socks for Winter)
  • Gloves (For Winter)
  • Heat Tech Thermal Wear (For Winter)
  • Insulated Jacket (For Winter)
  • Outerwear Parka (For Winter)


Recommended

  • Hat - Cap / Beanie
  • Swimwear
  • Gym Clothes
  • Scarf (For Winter)
  • Mask (For Winter)


Shoes

Essentials

  • Daily Walking Shoes
  • Slippers
  • Boots (For Winter)


Optional

  • Gym Shoes
  • Formal Shoes (For presentation)


Bags

Essentials

  • Daily Bag
  • Travel Backpack (For Weekend Trips / Hiking)
  • Toiletry Bag


Recommended

  • Recycling Bag (For groceries)
  • Plastic Bag (For waste disposal)
  • Waterproof Bag (To store your clothes while you bathe)
  • Laundry Bag (For washing of clothes in washing machine, less crumples)


Toiletries

Essentials

  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Shower Gel
  • Skin Care Products
  • Dental Floss
  • Moisturizer (It gets very dry during Winter)
  • Lip Balm (Lips will crack during Winter)
  • Sun Block (For Summer & Winter)
  • Detergent Powder
  • Towel (At least 2)
  • Comb
  • Cotton Buds
  • Nail Clipper


If Applicable

  • Retainers 
  • Shaver
  • Hair Wax
  • Hair Clips, Hair Band
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Make Up / Make Up Removal / Cotton Pads


Household

Recommended

  • Pillow Case & Bed Sheet
  • Hangers
  • Tissue 
  • Tissue Packs
  • Wet Tissue


Optional

  • Sleeping Bag