What should I pack?
Whatever you bring, you carry in two checked luggage bags and one carry-on bag. Be prepared to move your luggage through airports, on and off buses during orientation, and up several flights of stairs to your room. Here are some tips:
- The Leave Half Behind Rule – Select what you think you’ll need and leave half of it behind. You’ll find much of what you need once you arrive in Greece, including toiletries and other daily essentials, so pack only enough to get you through the first few days. Nobody ever complains about having too little luggage.
- Layering – with such a changeable climate, layer your clothes from warm to cold so you can change them up easily. Include a rain jacket.
- Use Duffel Bags - with wheels or an internal framed backpack. Closet space will not be as generous as what you are used to, so even if you can get it there, you won't necessarily know where to put it.
- Be versatile - Student rooms are normally equipped with only a foot and a half of hanging space and two, three-foot bureau drawers or the equivalent shelf space, and emptied luggage is usually stored under beds. Go for multi-purpose clothing.
- The Athenian Dress Code: Students who have participated on the program in the past have said it is important to know how stylish the Athenians dress. Young Greek women and men are very keen on tailored clothes and baggy attire is not acceptable. They tuck in their shirts and wear belts with their trousers and jeans with belts. Sweats are worn only to the gym.
- Sheets and Towels: We provide blankets and pillows, but you’ll want to bring two sets of flat twin sheets (not fitted). Two towels should be enough. Don't forget a washcloth.