If you are studying abroad this semester, you are about to face the ultimate challenge: packing all of your belongings into two suitcases. One of the most difficult parts of packing is deciding what to bring and what to leave, especially when you don’t know what to expect of your new home. It can be overwhelming to narrow down life’s necessities, largely because of the many ridiculous “what if” scenarios many of us imagine before leaving. One thing I learned while studying abroad is that less is always…

Not surprisingly, one of the most essential parts of studying abroad is having the chance to travel. Of my last seven weeks in Costa Rica, I have channeled my inner gypsy and spent six of those weekends away from San José exploring beautiful Costa Rica. I have hiked in the rainforest, attempted surfing in the Pacific, lived in a sustainable tree house, and swam in waterfalls (to name a few). These trips are always an adventure, and I learn more and more everywhere I go. I figured I…

Packing for five months seems very daunting, and it isn’t easy. But before boarding the plane to Rome, I made sure to get all the kinks out of the packing nightmare! So here’s to my trial and errors so your next packing experience won’t be quite so painful. #1: Pack what you like  If you’re not comfortable in it you wont wear it. So don’t pack it! It will only take up extra space and you don’t have room for a mistake like that. #2: Wear what you…

45.4 kilos… 100 pounds a suitcase; duffel bag; backpack & carry-on. 1. SPACE SAVER BAGS ARE DANGEROUS The countdown on my clock reminded me it was FINALLY August 2nd! Time to grab my suitcase, have one last brunch with my family, and then head to the DFW Airport. I had been so happy that I was able to fit 4 months of my life into one suitcase, however, this feeling quickly faded when the gentlemen helping me grab my bags from the car muttered, “OH, you’re going to be…