How to pack?
I know that it may be a little bit too early to start packing things for my two years in Sweden. However, it is never too early to start making a checklist for packing, as the later I start preparing, the easier I forget to bring something. Here are some tips:
- Start making a checklist NOW
It is not easy to remember everything you need to bring when you are in a hurry, so it would be better to start making a draft checklist in your phone. It can make sure that whenever you come up with anything that you need to bring for your study, you can write it down immediately. Trust me, it will make your packing much more faster and easier later.
- Look for things that you need to buy
There are something that you don’t need to use in your hometown, but you will need them while you study abroad. For example, plug adapter or an extra router, etc.
In Hong Kong, the coldest day is around 10°C, which is incomparable to -10°C in Sweden. So I need extra winter gears and clothes with me.
It is sure that you can get everything you need in Stockholm, but don’t forget in Sweden they charge 25% VAT on most of the goods. Thus, I think in general, it would be cheaper to buy things in hometown instead.
- Check anything you need to do
Since we will go home less often during our study in Sweden, I think there are some tedious things that we need to fix before starting the journey.
The most important thing is to exchange some kronor for the use in first few weeks. With the student visa, foreign student can open a bank account in Sweden, but it still takes some times for the application procedures. Therefore, it is better to exchange some Kronor in home country to ensure that you have some cash for daily spending before you have a bank account with money transferred from your home.
Secondly, I think it is better to double check the cell-phone plan you are using. For example, whether it will expire during your stay in Sweden. You can just simply contact the service provider and see if they offer any cheaper monthly plan that allow you to keep your phone number while you are not at home.
Last but not least, I will go to hang out with my best friends as much as I can before I leave. Afterall, I am going to leave my dearest parents and friends for a while, so I want to spend more time with them face-to-face before I need to see them in Skype and adjust the time zones to chat with them.