Strasbourg Study Abroad Program

Suggested Packing List

Pack as light as you can. There are plenty of places to shop for necessities in Strasbourg, and some of the brands are the same and recognizable. A good store for one-stop shopping is the Monoprix at Place Kléber, the main square just minutes from the Foyer. Keep in mind that items are more expensive in France, especially considering the exchange rate. Pack for any kind of weather. It can be cold or warm, wet or dry, and there is little climate control in Europe.

Toiletries

  • Since items are more expensive in Europe, be mindful that you will be spending more money if you purchase your toiletries in Strasbourg than if you hauled them from the States. If you decide to buy everything when you get there, make sure to bring a supply for the first couple of days. An additional advantage to bringing toiletries with you is that the space and weight they take up on the way over can be replaced with souvenirs on the way back.
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream
  • (Toilet paper is provided by the Foyer.)

Clothes

  • Here's a free fashion tip to avoid looking like an American tourist. The French tend to dress very nicely, and don't adjust for warm weather unless it is very hot. If you wish to blend in with the locals, just try to dress "fashion forward." In America, we would call it business casual.
  • Because the group will interact with a large number of dignitaries in a professional environment, please come prepared with at least one nice outfit, preferably a suit if possible.
  • Men, please bring a pair of dress shoes. If you cannot bring a suit, please have at least a button-up shirt, tie, and nice slacks. Do try to bring a suit, however, since all of the visiting dignitaries and most of the students will be wearing them.
  • Ladies, if you like variety, you might want to consider two nice outfits. If you cannot bring a suit, please have a professional dress or skirt/top outfit. Do try to bring a suit, however, since all the visiting dignitaries and most of the students will be wearing them.
  • Underwear, socks, etc. (it may sound silly, but folks have forgotten them)!
  • Shoes - You will be doing a lot of walking, so bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Flip-flops/sandals are nice to have for relaxing. As discussed above, bring a pair of dress shoes (dress shoes that are also good for walking are ideal).
  • Pants/Slacks/Skirts - Jeans, slacks, capris, and shorts, etc. Please note, short shorts on women are not considered appropriate attire in French culture. The French do not wear jeans as often as Americans do. French women wear dresses/skirts more often than American women usually do. Also, French men don't usually wear shorts until it is really hot.
  • Sweatshirt (for cool evenings or travel) or a sweater or a light jacket that is also water proof.

Passport

  • Check to see if any visas are required for the countries you wish to visit.
  • EU countries don't require a visa for US Citizens.

Other items

  • Make sure to bring a large memory card for your camera so you can take as many pictures as you would like. Many students used their i-Phones for pictures, but there is nothing like the quality of a digital camera.
  • A USB port that attaches to a camera memory card reader so you can download pictures while in Europe.
  • Batteries (or battery charger). It is a good idea to bring some batteries with you so you are able to take pictures as soon as you arrive in Europe. However you are able to purchase batteries in Europe that work in U.S. cameras. Just make sure you get the alkaline ones and not the batteries that are made with Zinc.
  • Peanut butter. It is prohibitively expensive in Europe and can make for a cheap lunch when paired with some fresh bread and jam. Just a thought!
  • Electrical adapter and converter for European outlets. These can purchase at any electronic store and some home stores.
  • Bring your Regent student ID as most attractions offer student discounts that are worth it.
  • Any medicines you may need. Aspirins, allergy, etc.
  • Earplugs.
  • Small medical kit.
  • Small umbrella and/or disposable rain ponchos.

Computers

  • You do not have to bring a laptop or tablet. But they are convenient for communicating with loved ones, downloading pictures, or accessing email. The Foyer does have wireless internet, but do not expect it to be as fast as you are used to in the U.S. The nearby McDonald's has faster WiFi.
  • Don't count on being around a printer.