Panic, what should I pack?
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Alexandra Cojocaru

Panic, what should I pack?

Congrats! If you are the lucky one going on Erasmus+ mobility, through all the excitement going on for you, you must for sure have some concerns about your departure. We all know uncertainty can be scary, but there is also beauty in every new beginning. Now, to help you out a little, here are a few things that might help with your departure.

Do your research!

This is a very important point in case you are not too adventurous and don’t like to explore things first-hand. Research can help you plan your travels there and ease up the uncertainty.

For instance, how do you get from the airport to the accommodation, what’s the local currency, is there a time zone difference, maybe even try to get accustomed to the local language before, could be some of the topics to cover.

Lists, lists, lists

We all love a good list, so here are some suggestions of what you could do:
  • What should you pack in your suitcase?
  • Best places to eat in town?
  • Are there any tourist attractions you would like to see while you are there?
  • What about food, there sure is a lot of traditional food for you to try.
  • Any particular cultural aspects you would like to discover?
  • Where would you like to travel from your mobility destination?

Find your local ESN section

If you are reading this article, you might already know what ESN is/does. For those of you who don’t, let’s recap really quick: Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student association in Europe.

ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels, as well as providing an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad (“internationalization at home”), all under the principle of students helping students.

They can help with accommodation, provide the opportunity to get a buddy (local student to show you around) and will be the people who will enrich your mobility experience through their support and organised events.

Aaaand, one last checklist of things you should grab with you:


  • Openness
  • Good vibes
  • Curiosity
  • Passport/ ID and money
  • All necessary documents for your mobility
  • Camera (you will definitely want to take lots of pictures)
  • your lists (remember, we talked about them earlier)

Feel free to continue customizing the checklist. Now, enough chit chat, your adventure is about to begin. Enjoy!

The world is yours to conquer.