Packing Tips If You’re Going To Move Abroad

Hey you guys!

As you know now I have moved to Germany for my Gradschool. I thought maybe it’s good to share what I brought when I moved to Germany. When I was about to leave, I was really confused on what to bring, do I need to bring X or not, should I just buy this instead etc.

I never really like packing, well, unpacking is even more annoying for me hahaha. I usually just left things in my bag until couple of days (or weeks?) after I travel. I usually pack light as well, as I find bringing many stuffs as troublesome. Pain in the butt. So that’s why I prefer to travel with my backpack. But again, I couldnt really do that now, could I? So I started to research on what stuffs should I bring to Germany on the internet and asked couple of my friends who already moved to Germany.

And this is the list that I came up with:

Clothes, Shoes, Bags, Accessories

Indonesia’s climate is different with Germany as we only have dry and wet season. My flight was at the end of September so it was autumn in Germany. I didnt really bring many clothes but what I brought mostly for cold weather and I also packed a formal dress and high heels in case I got invited to formal events. I usually wear light and thin clothes, like tshirt and summer dress, since it is really hot and humid in Indonesia. I only brought a couple of them though because I thought I could just buy them in Germany later when the weather becomes warmer. I dont usually wear accessories as well so I only brought my watch, beanie and gloves.

So, this is the list of the things that I brought:


  • Leggings (2)
  • Thermal leggings (2)
  • Turtle neck long sleeve shirt (3)
  • Thermal long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Jogger pants (because it is soooo comfy; 1)
  • Blouse (2)
  • 3/4 sleeve t-shirt (1)
  • Tshirts (2-3)
  • Running shorts (2-3)
  • Formal dress (1)
  • Short skirts (1-2)
  • Shorts (1)
  • Jeans (2)
  • Jacket (2; one of them is for winter while the other is warm enough for early autumn and spring I guess)
  • Outer (3-4; I dont really remember though. But since I like to wear outer so I’m pretty sure I brought at least 3)
  • Summer dress (2)
  • Bathing suit (1)
  • Rain jacket (1)
  • Underwear (7 for bras and panties)
  • Sport bra (2)
  • Socks (7)
  • Tanktop (2-3)
  • Sweater 1


  • Training shoes (1)
  • Flat shoes (1)
  • High heels (1)
  • High heels boots (1; I ended up buying another boots there because I find it tiring to wear heels daily hahah)


  • Backpack (1; to go to college so it should be big enough for my laptop)
  • Small backpack (1; my favourite bag for daytrips)
  • Hiking backpack (1; in case I want to travel)
  • Shoulder bag/sling bag (1; for daytrips as well if I wanna look a bit more feminine hahaha)
  • Foldable backpack (1)
  • Sling bag (1; I find it very useful when I travel to put my wallet and passport)


  • Gloves (1)
  • Beanie (1)
  • Watch (1; I only brought my smart watch as I find it more practical)
  • Sunglasses (1)
  • Glasses (2)
  • Towel (2)


I dont really use notebooks to write anymore now. I still use it but mostly I just use my iPad, again, because I find it more practical to save my notes, see my schedule, etc. It depends on how much you rely on gadgets really.

  • Phone (2; one is my work phone with my Indonesian number which my colleagues and most of my friends know so I just brought it with me. It could also be my backup phone in case the one that I use has some problems)
  • Laptop (2; again, for backup hahaha to be honest I dont really use the other one though)
  • Travel adapters (2)
  • iPad (1; I use it for reading, taking notes etc)
  • External hard drive (2; I divided work purposes storage and private storage. In case my colleagues need some of the data from work, I could send it to them so I just brought it along with me)
  • Portable battery pack (1; I dont really use it but I still brought it along just in case)
  • Charger
  • Wireless headphones (1)
  • Headset (2; I always forget to charge my headphones so I brought headset as well)

Important Documents

The important documents depend on what you need really. Since I am a student so what I need is my bachelor certificate, apart from my passport and VISA of course.

  • Original and translation of bachelor certificate and transcripts (I need them to re-register myself)
  • Legalised copy and copy of bachelor certificate and transcripts (10 of each)
  • Language certificate: IELTS (I brought the original and the copy)
  • Language certificate: German (I brought my latest Goethe Zertifikat and Kursteilnahmebestätigung or confirmation of course participant. I brought the original and the copy as well)
  • Passport and VISA (I also brought the copy)
  • Passport Photos (I basically brought a lot I lost count hahahah)
  • ATM cards and cash (not a document but I’ll just put it here hehe)


If you have any prescription medication then you should bring it with you. I dont have any so I only bring some meds that I usually take when I have cold and heartburn.


Well, for me, my pillow is important hahahha so I brought my pillow from home hahha. So in Indonesia we have something called “guling” it’s basically a pillow but long. I have never found one whenever I traveled so i just brought it with me since I find it a bit hard to fall asleep if I dont hug my pillow hahahha. I also bring my face wash and some of my face creams from my dermatologist

I think how much and what you wanna bring depend on each person. There is no one size fits all in my opinion because everyone has their own style and needs. But again, I find recommendations on the internet and from other people really helpful when I was planning what to bring 😀 So I hope this could help you plan stuffs as well! Have fun packing! And also #stayathome guys and stay safe and healthy! 🙂



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