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:

Clothes

  • 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

Shoes

  • 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)

Bags

  • 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)

Accessories

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

Electronics

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)

Medicine

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.

Miscellaneous

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! 🙂

Cheers,

Kemmy

Ups and Downs of Solo Traveling

Hey you guys!

Solo traveling is sure fun! Though I know some people don’t like it and prefer to do it with friends/family. Which is perfectly fine! I have posted a post about solo traveling before (insert link here), do check it out if you are still thinking whether you should do it or not!

Every type of traveling, of course, has their own ups and downs. So what are the ups and downs for solo traveling? Oh yea, I’m talking about this based on my experience so some people might agree or have the same experience as me and some might don’t.

There is, somehow, this illusion of traveling solo being sooo dreamy

Whenever I tell people that I went to this or that place alone, their reaction always “wow how can you do that?” “Oh I always want to try it” etc etc. Some are somehow worried, some are finding this exciting. There is, somehow, this illusion of traveling solo being sooo dreamy. But, of course it’s not always full of ups right? It’s not always as sweet or dreamy as it sounds.

Bondi Beach, Australia

So let me tell you the truths about traveling alone…

It’s not because I want to do it all the time, but because I need to!

“I’m free next week” “But I’m not! How about this week? That would be cool” “But I have errands to do this week”

Sounds familiar? Face it guys. When you are going to travel with other people, for example your friend, you have to match your and your friend’s schedule or budget. And even your traveling style. Some people like to shop during traveling some dont, some like the city better and some dont. Right? For me, i find it hard to find someone who has the same style as me.

It’s not like I want to be alone guys, I just dont want to wait for someone to actually go and do something that I want. It feels better when you go to somewhere unfamiliar to you and you have a companion no? But again, do I want to wait for someone to travel and wait for God knows how long?

Bruno Mars Concert

But, it can be scary…

Of course it’s scary to be alone in a place that you are not familiar with. It can be intimidating to walk alone here and there in a new place, especially if we cant speak the language. You might think what if A what if B and so on. But hey! It’s okay! Just keep calm it’s mostly just you overthink things. I always try to keep calm and think things throughly and just go with it hehe. I just need to take my first step and the unfamiliarity will develop into sense of familiarity bit by bit

And also liberating at the same time!

To be honest guys, whenever I want to go somewhere alone i always have this insecure feeling. Just like what I said before, traveling solo can be scary. But right after I take my first step, i feel so proud of myself. Like, hey! See you can do it!

However, sometimes you feel like there’s no one to share your incredible experience

I walked for hours to Bondi Beach, Australia right after I arrived there. With only 30% phone battery and no apps to tell me which public transport should I take. The maps on my phone kept showing the wrong route so I had to walked for a long time. For me, it’s an unforgettable experience and a good lesson learnt as well. But hey, if there was someone with me during that time, we could share that experience together and laugh it when we remember the story, no? But because I was alone, I have no one to share it though I can tell other people the story it feels different.

But… It is soooo easy to plan everything (or not to plan anything!)

Well, you are free to plan anything you want! If you wanna visit certain place or landmark OR if you dont wanna visit it. It is all up to you! You wanna go where your feet is taking you? Consider it as done! See? It’s making everything simple to plan or not to plan, to go or not to go. Everything is all up to you 😀 You could go to wherever you want!

Though, you may, sometimes, worry about your safety or feel self-conscious

When I’m alone at the restaurant or even just strolling around alone, sometimes I get self-conscious and overthink things then get worried about my own safety. What if my wallet got stollen, what if this happen what if that happen. Oh so many what ifs guys. But again, sometimes it’s just your mind trying to mess you up hahaha. Just keep calm and stay vigilant 🙂

You could get to know yourself better and even train yourself when you are in trouble

For me, it’s easier to get to know myself better when I am alone. Because you get to know and to think about yourself more thoroughly without any intervention from other party. After traveling alone couple of times, I realize that I am rather clumsy and dont pay attention much to my personal belongings. Which is a dangerous thing no? I dropped my phone back in Australia (luckily the girls were kind enough to look for the owner phew), I lost my wallet back in Northern Ireland because I didnt pay attention to my bag (you could check my post on travel safety here) aaaand so on. Traveling solo also train me to stay calm when I am facing difficulties. I mean guys, I was basically alone there and barely know anyone except those that I just met hahaha

London, United Kingdom. Strolling around the city on my second week in the UK

Well, on the other hand, you could feel a bit lonely sometimes

When you’re traveling solo, it may make you feel lonely. Eating alone, strolling the city alone *all by myself playing in the background*

All byyyy myseeeellff, dont wanna be all by myseeeelf anymoreee

And sometimes, it’s hard to meet someone. No matter how hard you try somehow you just cant click with anyone somehow

But the truth is, you are never really alone

Yea it may be hard to meet someone sometimes, but you could always meet other people in other places no? Maybe you cant click with anyone right away, but you are never really alone 😀 I dont always make friends in every place that I have visited. If I dont make new friend in this place, then I could always make a new friend in other place (I’m just a happy go lucky kind of person I guess hahaha)

So, is solo traveling worth it? Of course it is! Leave all your fears and insecurities behind. Dont wait for someone if you wanna do something. Just trust yourself but always be mindful and careful! It will be worth it! You could try it once, it does not have to be abroad or somewhere far far away. Then see if you like it, if it’s not your style then of course it is okay too! Just like what I said in my previous post here, everyone has their own traveling style 😀

Cheers,

Kemmy

Travel Safety: Mind Your Belonging

Hey you guys!

It’s been a long time since the last time I updated my blog hahaha. So recently I just went to the UK (yeaaaay). I just fulfilled one of my bucket lists! Anywaaaay I’ll talk about it later. Yea yea I have at least 2 posts that I haven’t posted

Alrighty then let’s talk a bit about your safety. Yepp travel safety. No no, this is not because my background is from health and safety. Well maybe just a little heee. But this is also from my experience.

So during my travel to the UK, I lost my wallet. I lost it in Belfast, until now I’m not sure whether I dropped it or someone stole it. After I finished my GOT tour, I decided to dropped by Tesco and bought some food. I’m pretty sure I put my wallet in my rucksack as I put the change, 17 pence, in my pocket.

Anyway, I walked to the hostel, around 1 km from Tesco, then went to the kitchen. At first it was only me in the kitchen and I just put my bag on the table. Then I saw my roommate and waved frantically hahaha and by that time there was another person in there beside me and my roommate.

So anyway I still left my bag on a table (stupid right) and talked then cooked with her. The other person then went out. Then when I grabbed my bag, I realize I lost my wallet. But then I still try to act calm. I went to my room and searched my wallet. I let out all of my belongings from my bag and hope that I could find it. But no. Nothing. I went back to the kitchen and ate the dinner. Still trying to act (or look) calm. Then I went to Tesco again and asked whether I left my wallet anndd noooo there was nothing as well.

By that time, I started to panic a bit. I still tried to calm myself down and thought of any possible solutions. Then I thought, okay I still have my e banking and so I could just send the money to my roommate and asked her to withdraw it. TIDAK SEMUDAH ITU FULGOSO (Not that easy, Fulgoso; Fulgoso is the name of Marimar’s dog – a telenovela that showed on TV when I was a kid haha). She doesn’t know her bank account number. Yep. Dead. I needed to go back to London the next day and I needed at least 8 pounds for the bus.

She does not have much money either BUT she is soooo kind to actually give me 16 pounds :”””” FAITH IN HUMANITY IS RESTORED! Because of her I could go to the airport. But then, another issue was not solved yet. How can I go to London from Stansed?! What about food and everything?

I asked my friend’s friend, let’s call him Nuel, to store my luggage in his place before I went to Belfast. Becauseeee I flew with Ryan Air and bought no storage. I can’t call him and asked for a help because I don’t wanna bother him and I just met him once. And i was afraid that he will tell my friend, then it would cause an uproar back at the office. So, I hopelessly called my friend who studied in Newcastle. She apparently was in London that time but will fly to Paris the next day.

Miraculously, she knows my college friend who is currently studying her Master in London. And guess what, SHE WAS AT HER PLACE! I totally forgot that my college friend studied in the UK. LIKE WHOA. So she gave the phone to my friend, her name is Tita and Tita, if you’re reading this, I love you :”) thanks for saving me. So she told me that she would order an Uber for me to go to her place ah I am so relieved.

I actually already booked a room for my second week in London but the hostel canceled my booking on the day of my flight back to London. So I asked Tita if I could stay at her place. Luckily she has this nice sofa in the living room where I could sleep :”) I then decided to cancel all of my plan to go around South East England because my mood was kinda ruined and I had to spend more money than my actual budget

So guys, traveling is not always full of the joys of spring. Some bad things might happen, in my case I lost my wallet. Again, I’m not blaming anyone or anything, it’s pure because I didn’t pay enough attention on my surroundings. So please, be careful and stay alert during your travel. DONT ever leave your belongings unattended. I was lucky I separated my ID cards and other important card on separate wallet. I was lucky my passport was still with me. If it lost then I would definitely panicking.

Cheers

Kemmy