My Au Pair Guide

The Space Problem – Packing Your Suitcase

I pack my suitcase and take with me…

What? That’s the question! It is hard to decide what to bring with you for one full or half a year. I struggled really hard because I just couldn’t make up my mind and wanted to take everything from my wardrobe. In the end I had two suitcases one really large and one to carry-on, one rucksack and one handbag. To give you an idea of the things I packed I’m gonna list some of them below.

Clothes

  • Underwear and Socks
  • 4 Tops
  • 6 T-Shirts
  • 6 Jumpers
  • 6 Trousers
  • 2 Leggings
  • 2 Dresses
  • 1 Raincoat
  • 2 Blazers
  • 1 winter Jacket
  • 1 leather Jacket
  • 2 Sneakers
  • 2 Boots
  • 2 Shoes for special occasions
  • Flip-Flops
  • 2 Bathing Suits
  • 1 Pyjama
  • 2 Scarfs and 1 Headband for winter
  • 2 Belts
  • 1 Rucksack
  • 1 big Handbag and 1 small
  • 1 Tote Bag

Accessoires

  • My favourite Jewellery
  • 4 Scrunchies
  • 2 Hair Clips
  • Goggles
  • my Glasses
  • my Sunglasses

Toiletries

  • Basic Medicine (Paracetamol, Plasters, something against soar throat…)
  • Moisturiser (Face)
  • Makeup
  • Hair oil
  • Nail scissors, nail file…
  • 1 Perfume

Electronics

  • Mobile
  • Laptop+Charger
  • Camera
  • Polaroid Camera
  • Mobile Charging Box
  • Headphones
  • Straightening Iron, Curling Iron
  • Speakers

Others

  • 2 small Books
  • a Travel Mirror
  • Bullet Journal
  • Pencils
  • Cookbook
  • little Photo Album
  • important Documents
  • 1 Travel Pillow
  • 1 thin Blanket (for picnics, warm summer nights or cold planes also I can just never go without one! 😉 )
  • Presents for my host family

As you can see there really is a lot of things to think of when packing for your journey. Especially when it came to the clothes I had a hard time deciding what to take and what to leave behind. You will have to see which clothes fit together and shouldn’t take things you can’t combine with anything. I’d recommend to take the things you are sure you won’t get in your new home-country or the things that are too expensive to buy again. You won’t need 5 fluffy socks for example because you will easily get them wherever you’re going but buying a new laptop? 😀

I think you understand what I mean.

The things you take will be the only things in your new home that are actually yours. The room you’ll sleep in will therefore feel a lot more like home if you take some memories with you as well.

What it comes down to in the end is which things are important to you. A friend of mine for example brought very few clothes but many of his travel and family memories with him because those are things money can’t buy…

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