3-2: Purchases

by Jon SenderBack to Guide

There are a number of key purchases you should make to prepare for your trip. Here are my recommendations:

  1. Power Adapters – Much of the world uses a different voltage than we do, so you’ll need to buy adapters accordingly. You can find adapters for outlets, for USB devices, and even for Apple products.
  2. Skype Credit – Load $10 on your account for emergencies, as I mentioned earlier.
  3. Gifts from Your Home City – Go to a touristy shop in your city and pick out some stuff to give to people who will host you. Never show up anywhere empty-handed.
  4. Portable Speaker (optional) – If you’re about to give up a stereo system, having a JBL Flip 3 can make up for that.
  5. Prescription Drugs – Get a 6-month supply of each in advance, as I mentioned earlier.
  6. Rolling Duffel Bag – Optimal for long trips. Check TSA size regulations and pick a bright color so it’s easy to identify on baggage carousels.
  7. Luggage Tag – Get a few to identify your luggage, your backpack, etc.
  8. International Student ID Card – Called an ISIC for short, will serve as another form of ID and offer student deals and discounts worldwide.
  9. Journal – You’ll want something to write in from time to time, Moleskine is a good one.
  10. Camera – If you have a smartphone, ignore this.
  11. First Aid Kit – Put all of these in a labeled Ziplock bag: prescriptions, extra glasses and contacts, laxatives, Beano, Immodium, Tylenol, Advil or Motrin, sunblock, aloe, mosquito repellant, hydrocortisone cream, bandages, Neosporin, Purell, Claritin, Benadryl, condoms, and a thermometer.

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