01. APPLE MacBook Pro
Self-explanatory. Travel, socialize, drink all the beer and wine you desire, but it is a semester abroad at a university. We all have to do classwork at some point! It would be nice to backup photos you accumulate on your phone and camera as well, or perhaps to update a blog such as this one.
02. URBAN OUTFITTERS Leather Jacket
Hooded faux leather jackets are a staple of my wardrobe. It offers some stylish edge to your look, even if what you are wearing is otherwise underwhelming or sloppy. I purchased my past two at UO, both reasonably priced (under $100) and vegan. They are perfect for the fall, winter, and spring – make sure to size it so you have room for light layering!
03. APPLE iPhone & Sturdy Case
Apple, Android – whatever. Bring your smart phone, even if you may not have service coverage! There are plenty of areas that will have Wi-Fi, and the iPhone 6s Plus in particular is a wonderful substitution for a camera on the go. Utilize apps such as Skype and WhatsApp for keeping in touch with family and friends. However, invest in a sturdy case such as a Lifeproof (pictured) or Otterbox Commuter case. With frequent travel and abundant adventuring, you do not want to be left with a smashed screen, especially when Apple stores are not as common as they are in the States.
04. FUJIFILM instax Mini 8
Remember those sweet Kodiak Polaroid cameras when we were kids? Well, they are back in a much less clunky (though still sort of bulky) version. If you want instant prints with a retro feel, pick one of these up. The film refills can be a little pricey, but they are a quirky way to preserve a memory.
05 Cross Body Bag
All right, I have very little interest in designer brands, which is why I chose this no-name bag. The cross body bag I am bringing along was on sale for $20 from Nasty Gal, and it is of very similar bucket style. The cross body style is an easy, comfortable way to keep your belongings close and in sight. My favorite feature of this particular bag is the zipper and flap for extra privacy from greedy hands!
06. FJÄLLRÄVEN Backpack no. 2
Supposedly composed of G-1000, the most durable fabric in the world, these backpacks are super adorable and high quality. It is a small book bag, perfect for weekend trips and class commutes. You may wear it on your back, or if you are in a super crowded area and want to keep tabs on your pack, the handles up top allow you to hold it like a tote! There is also a slip for your laptop, and it also fits the stricter personal bag requirement for many international flights. I also liked the idea of having a European brand bag – perhaps it will make me fit in more, at least on the surface. (Please note, vegan/cruelty-free friends, that this bag features actual leather detailing, so this is not a veg-friendly product!)
07. DR. MARTENS Boots
Dr. Martens, or any leather ankle booties, are all-season staples. Docs are perfect in the rain, snow, coordinate well with high waisted shorts, skirts, and trendy dresses. Ankle booties do this just as well, minus extreme inclement weather.
08. OLLOCLIP iPhone Lens System
There are tons of cheap dupes, which I would recommend over the $90 Olloclip version in case they get lost or break. I received a ‘knockoff’ version of these lenses for Christmas. There is a macro, wide angle, and fish eye lens. It clips onto your phone, even with a case on, and offers a super cool effect to your otherwise boring camera view.
09. Portable Battery
GPS, texting, social media, music, photos… Imagine how many places you’ll need the vitality of your phone, and how devastating it would be if in between train stops or on your way to meet up with friends, your phone dies. Portable chargers usually hold enough juice to charge your phone fully, at least once, and are rather affordable and portable. Slip it into a small purse or pants pocket!
10. ZOYA Nail Polish
I cannot vouch for this, but I have heard that nail polish can be quite expensive overseas. Bring a couple of your favorite bottles to save yourself the money. Zoya is a vegan nail polish brand, free of suffering, so think to replace your old bottles of Essie with this!