What to Pack for Teaching English Abroad – Checklist

Packing to go abroad to teach English as a foreign language can be a daunting task, but this checklist should make it easier for our TEFL Courses Ireland graduates!


  • Passport
  • Visa
  • TEFL certificate
  • CV
  • Degree certificate
  • Insurance
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Airline tickets and itinerary
  • Extra passport photos
  • Driving licence
  • Criminal check
  • Credit/ATM cards, travellers cheques etc.
  • Money, wallet and money belt
  • Emergency contacts
  • Phone
  • Universal adapter
  • Torch

Tip: Keep photocopies of all you important documents separate, this way if you lose one set you have the other as a backup.

Tip: Contact your bank before you leave to notify them that you will be abroad, this might avoid them freezing your card if they think it looks like suspicious activity!

Daily living

  • Clothing appropriate for the classroom and travel
  • Personal items from home such as photos
  • E-book
  • Camera
  • Journal
  • iPod
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellent and sun cream
  • Guidebook
  • Phrase book

Tip: Keep clothing versatile and remember that you will need smart clothes for the classroom.

Tip: Bring plenty of plastic bags to separate clean and dirty clothes.

Tip: Don’t overload on luxuries from home which you can buy when you are abroad. Most countries sell general hygiene products, so you don’t need to bring a years supply with you!

For the classroom

  • English language and grammar books
  • Pens
  • Paper
  • Flashcards
  • Magazines
  • Educational games
  • Teaching resources such as lesson plans, lesson activities etc.

Tip: you can access loads of great teaching resources online which you may be able to print out when you are abroad.


  • Playing cards
  • Hip Flask

Do you think we’ve missed anything vital? Comment below!

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