Taking a laptop can be helpful in completing homework, researching, communicating, or watching movies. Sometimes connecting to an internet service provider can be challenging and expensive. Some universities have wireless connections within the residences. Students need be careful with their laptop as it is valuable and can be easily stolen, lost, or broken.
Take enough prescribed medicine for the time spent abroad. The medicine needs to be clearly marked in the original bottle with the patients name, physicians name, drug name, and dosage.
Also a written physician prescription explaining the condition and use might be required to bring the medicine through customs.
Suggested Packing List
It is best to keep packing simple. Try to keep the load under 25 pounds so it does not haunt you later when carrying your luggage from place to place. Leave room for souvenirs to take back. Only take what is essential.
Pack one change of clothes in a carry-on just in case the checked luggage gets lost. Label your luggage inside and out. Put liquids in a plastic bag since they tend to ooze.