Packing My Bags for Studying in Germany


Now that you have received your admission letter, accepted the admission, and gotten your German visa, you may be delighted about this excellent opportunity to go abroad.

And you must be correct! But you are yet to take care of another crucial aspect of your study abroad journey—packing your bags!

Going away from home, and that too, to a foreign country, may seem overwhelming, and you will be yearning to pack everything you lay your hands on—you will wish to take a slice of your life along with you.

But that is not possible. For one, you cannot carry everything, as airlines have definite restrictions, and certain items can lead to unnecessary checking and explanations at airport security and add to your costs.

Besides, it is not practical either. You will be able to buy a lot of stuff that you may need in Germany itself—for instance, toiletries. At the same time, however, as you are not likely to make many round trips home, you will have to plan and sort the absolutely necessary items that you must carry along on your foreign study journey.

Let us see how you can effectively plan your luggage for your study abroad journey in Germany.



These are, hands down, the most important parts of your foreign education journey. Prepare a file with all the important documents that you must carry with you. Even before you board your flight, you will be required to produce a number of these documents.

The German authorities are known to be very particular about their administrative regime, and they neither tolerate any laxness nor allow any exemption. Traveling to and fro for a document is also not conducive, and it is better to avoid sending original documents via physical email.

It may seem easy, and students often leave this task for last. But that is not the right approach, as you may end up missing one document in the last-minute rush and panic. So, it is better that you start early and pack away your documents safely.

We have compiled a list of the important documents that you must include in your application for foreign education in Germany.

  • Your valid passport
  • Your visa
  • Your ID proof
  • Your flight ticket
  • Your travel insurance
  • Your health insurance
  • The admission letter from the university
  • Your proof of language proficiency
  • Your birth certificate



You need to plan this cautiously, as this can add to your luggage weight. Also, do not try to carry whatever you can lay your hands on because you can always buy them once you arrive in Germany.

Moreover, whatever supplies you bring from home will not last you the entire duration of your stay. Hence, it is advisable to carry only the essential toiletries—the ones that you will need the moment you land in Germany.

Furthermore, packing toiletries is tricky; if they are not organized properly, they can take up a lot of space. Buy the toiletry packing bag and organize your items properly to ensure maximum space utilization.

These bags also come with separate pockets, and these latter ones could save you a lot of time and effort in planning and packing.

Here’s a composite list of items that you can carry in your toiletry bag when going to Germany to study abroad.

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Nail ClippersTowel
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Face lotion
  • Moisturizer
  • Make-up (try to carry the essentials only such as foundation, concealer, mascara, a setting spray, a kajal, an eye-liner, and basic lipstick shades such as nude, pink, and red)
  • Perfume
  • Shaving machine
  • Sanitary pads


Clothing Items

This can be tricky, especially if you are a moody dresser. However, there are a few tricks to ace this aspect of your packing for foreign study as well. Start with the weather.

Check what the temperature in Germany will be at the time of your arrival and for the duration of your first stay. It is typically a cold country, so it is advisable to invest in good jackets and pack them properly.

You may need to layer up as well, hence; plan your jackets with respect to the expected temperatures. In this regard, you can cut down on unitary items such as t-shirts. Next, start with the fundamentals.

A few basic colors and pieces of clothing that you can mix and match to add variety to your wardrobe. Also, determine the kind of program that you are going to; – for instance, business programs will require you to dress formally more often than not.

Do not go by trend; carry whatever you feel comfortable in. And do not forget to put in a good set of your ethnic wear for the cultural meet and greet days at university or for festivals days.

A few of the essential clothing items that you must take are:

  • Socks – You must have enough to last you a week or till the next wash day, whichever is earlier.
  • Underwear – You must have enough to last you a week or till the next wash day, whichever is earlier.
  • Two belts
  • Pajamas
  • Shoes – formal, dressy, a casual
  • Slippers
  • Rain boots
  • Jacket – Get varieties such that you can layer up, and wear both inside and outside
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Formal pants (At least 3 sets)
  • Jeans
  • Suit (1 – 2 set)
  • Dress
  • Skirt
  • Festive costume or ethnic wear



This is largely dependent on personal preferences, but there are a number of daily-use items that you will need during your stay in Germany. These typically include the following:

  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Your E-Book Reader
  • A small German dictionary
  • Personal Journal
  • Books and reference materials
  • Portable clothesline

As to your luggage type and size, ensure that you have a carry-on to include a change of clothes, medicines, essential toiletries, and emergency items. Also, you can take a backpack or a rucksack to carry your electronic items and essential documents, as the former is not allowed in check-in luggage and the latter will have to be produced during security check-ins.

A wheeled backpack is a good option as it allows mobility and convenience. For your check-in luggage, try to limit your luggage to two bags only as it will be convenient for you to carry. For carry-ons, you can try Duffel bags, which are lightweight and easy to carry.

Last, but not least, do not forget your wallet and your bank cards!

Packing is a crucial task, all the more so when you are traveling abroad for your education. Start well ahead of time to ensure that you do not miss anything amidst the last-minute rush.


Useful Tips

  • Research in advance the permissible weight of your luggage for the airline you are flying.
  • Check the kind of luggage, items, and weight that is permitted upon arrival in Germany as rules and regulations may differ from country to country.
  • A lot of tutorial videos teach you to efficiently fold your clothes to maximize space in your luggage, you can take some insights from them.
  • Use separate packing pouches to keep your socks, underwear, and essentials organized.


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What is the weather like in Germany?

Germany has a temperate climate with humid westerly zones. January is the coldest month, and July is the warmest and most humid month. February is known for strong winds.


Is clothing cheap in Germany?

No. A good pair of jeans can cost you between 50 and 100 euros.


What is the average cost of living in Germany?

Depending on the city that you are in, your cost of living in Germany will be around 900 euros per month.


Can I get Indian spices and food items in Germany?

If not all, you will get a few through the many online Indian grocery stores available in Germany.


Which is the cheaper accommodation option in Germany?

Students halls of residence are relatively cheaper options for staying in Germany as an international student.

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