What to Pack for Teaching English Abroad – Part 1

Packing for going on holiday can be stressful. Packing for teaching English abroad, in a country you have never visited before, can be nothing short of daunting! Here are some of our top tips on what to pack for teaching English abroad.

Try and pack as light as possible

The last thing you want to do is waste money on overweight baggage fees. You are also bound to travel around at some point, and the less stuff the better. Even most developing countries will often have a lot of the stuff you need, so don’t take a years worth of razors and sanitary products if you can by them in your local supermarket! You will probably buy clothes and souvenirs while you are out there, so make sure you have room to bring stuff back.

Backpack or suitcase?

The one biggest regret I have from inter-railing around Europe was using a backpack, not a suitcase. Although I had a notion I was going “backpacking”, in reality you don’t need a backpack when you are hopping between tarmaced cities with pavements. Unless you are literally planning on camping and scrambling through the wilderness, I am not convinced a backpack is necessary. If you can get away with wheels, rather than lugging the heavy weight on you back, do so!  (This may dawn on you on their airport, before you even leave the UK).

Copies of your degree certificate, TEFL qualification and CV

Whether you have secured a job before you go out, or if you are planning on job hunting when you get there, having your paperwork in order before you leave will be invaluable. You will copies of your degree, TEFL certificate and CV to apply for jobs, but might also need them for various other things, such as proof of work for accommodation. It certainly will not harm to take copies rather than try and find somewhere to print them when you get there.

Versatile clothing

It is worth taking some time to think about some smart clothing options. Layers are generally quite good. Even hot destinations can get cool at night, or in the higher altitudes, so make sure you are prepared. A scarf is a very useful item that can have multiple functions; used as a headscarf in the heat, a way to shade your face from the sand in the dessert, keeping you warm in the winter, worn as a sarong on the beach… the list goes on!

Kindle or e-book

If you are avid reader, it is unlikely you will be able to pack a years’ worth of reading. An e-book is the perfect ravel solution. It is lightweight and can carry with it a small library. Also the special screen means you can read it on the beach or in the sun easily!

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