SEP Packing List

Here is the packing list that I was using for myself when preparing for my SEP to Sweden in Semester 2. You can use this and adjust accordingly depending on amount of baggage weight you have available and the kind of weather you are expecting to face. I also included some explanations below about some of the stuff I suggest. Oh and I was flying via Qatar Airways which had a student promotion for 40kg of luggage!

This was my first winter ever. Normally I can’t deal with cold well (I flew on January 12th 2016 to Stockholm, Sweden where temperatures were expected to be about -10°C), so I was very prepared with winter clothing. On hindsight, I definitely didn’t need that much winter clothing and should have brought more summer clothes like berms for the months to come zz. I was sure that I would buy clothes while travelling but nope. Various reasons like not having enough time, too expensive or how the cutting was never good etc.

Things you may want to note:

  1. The maximum size luggage you can bring is about 28 inches.
  2. If you have 2 luggages, try to pack your items evenly between the 2 bags so that if one bag goes missing, you will still have your second luggage.
1 Toiletries
  1. Toothbrush
  2. Toothpaste
  3. Floss
  4. Soap & shampoo
  5. Contact lens and solution
  6. Spectacles
  7. Towel
  8. Shaver
  9. Comb
  10. Moisturiser (it can be really dry there)
  11. Lip balm
  12. Nail clipper
2 School items
  1. Laptop + charger + spare charger
  2. Notebooks (to write notes)
  3. Stationery
  4. Calculator
  5. Files
3 Electronics
  1. Universal/European Socket adapters (Recommend to 2-3)
  2. Multiplug extension cord
  3. Phone charger / cable
  4. Powerbank
  5. Earpiece
  6. Thumbdrive
  7. Multiple usb port
  8. Sim card tray eject pin key tool and adapter (if needed)
4 Clothes
  1. Outer waterproof & windproof parka x1
  2. Furry / cashmere jacket x1
  3. Simple hoodie jacket x1 (like those you can wear for air-conditioned lessons for 15 degrees or so)
  4. Sweaters x3
  5. Long sleeve tshirts x4
  6. Long sleeve shirts x6
  7. Long john / Uniqlo heat tech x4
  8. T-shirt x3 (to sleep in or summer weather)
  9. Waterproof long pants / ski pants x1
  10. Jeans x4
  11. Shorts x3 (to sleep in or summer weather)
  12. Bermudas x2
  13. Undergarments x10
  14. Gloves x1 (Preferably touch screen)
  15. Beanie cap x1
  16. Hat / Cap x1
  17. Neck warmer x1
  18. Swimwear x1
5 Footwear
  1. Thick socks x5
  2. Normal socks x4 (Both long and short)
  3. Waterproof & windproof boots
  4. Casual shoes (Sneakers)
  5. Running shoes
  6. Slippers
6 Important items, documents & cards
  1. IC + photocopy
  2. Passport + photocopy
  3. Driving license + International driving permit + Photocopy
  4. Debit/credit cards (record card no.) + ibank token
  5. Residence permit slip (if you have this)
  6. For school items
    1. SEP Partner School Acceptance letter
    2. NUS Approval Letter
    3. Academic Transcript
    4. SEP study plan
    5. Student Matric Card
    6. ISIC card (if you have this)
  7. Insurance Documents
  8. Passport-sized photos
  9. Travel itinerary/e-tickets
  10. Some Foreign Currency (Euro, Host Country Currency)
7 Bags
  1. Sling bag / Small backpack
  2. School bag (Whatever you will use daily)
  3. Trekkin bag (For backpacking. Can double as school bag)
  4. Tote bag (For grocery shopping)
  5. Shoe bag
8 Emergency items
  1. Medication (Minimally vomit, cough, flu, diarrhoea, panadol, headache, charcoal pills)
  2. Thermometer
  3. Plasters
  4. Spare Phone + Battery + Charger
  5. Spare Spectacles
  6. Photocopy and soft copy (Eg in phone, email and Google Drive) of Passport, IC and other valuable documents
  7. Phone IMEI number (Type *#06#)
  8. Insurance contact details
  9. Activate “Find My Phone” functions
9 Vaccinations
  1. Flu
  2. Tetanus
10 Food (Up to you really)
  1. Bak ku teh Sachets
  2. Other instant mix or easy cook stuff.
  3. Campbell soup
  4. Instant noodle packets (Maggi, Korean spicy noodle etc)
  5. Milo / Milk Tea
  6. Chicken Stock Cubes
  7. Vacuum Sealed Bak Gua
  8. Chilli Sauces
11 Miscellaneous
  1. Vacuum / Thermal Flask or Water bottle
  2. Travel pillow
  3. Hangers
  4. Heat packs
  5. Tissue paper
  6. Alarm clock
  7. Watch
  8. Plastic bags
  9. Ziplock bags (Daiso vacuum travel ones are handy)
  10. Camera + Batteries + Charger
  11. Flexible small lock
  12. Spare Wallet
  13. Spare batteries
12 Optional Comfort Items
  1. Portable speaker
  2. External Hard Drive (Fill with movies! And backup your computer)
  3. Multi-USB charger
  4. Poker Cards (and other card games eg Saboteur)
  5. Frisbee
  6. Utensils
  7. Tupperware Box
  8. Selfie Stick and Remote
  9. Waterproof pouch/bag to carry valuables
  10. Router & Ethernet cable
  11. Rice Cooker
  12. Luggage weighing scale
  13. Raincoat/umbrella
  14. Carabiners
  15. Ear Plugs
  16. Google Translate App w/ offline language
  17. Offline Google Maps (for the areas you are going to)
  18. Heads Up Charades (SG Version is fun)
13 Remember to do SAF Overseas Notification (for guys) Notify if less than 6 months.

If more than 6 months, apply for exit permit.

In case you’re wondering about some of the items,

Items Explanation
Universal/European Socket Adaptors If going to Europe, I recommend the Europe-specific ones over the universal ones. While they serve the same purpose, the Europe-specific ones can fit in better without dropping out than universal ones due to the circular cover. See here for picture. You can leave one in your room, the second to bring when travelling and a third for a spare.
Multiplug extension cord I would even say this is a necessity. Get one from Singapore as those sold in Europe are obviously meant for their 2 pin plugs, so if you buy it there, you’ll need 4 adaptors to go with it -.-.
Clothes Do read up online on layering so that you know what to buy. General rule is that the outermost jacket and your boots should be windproof and waterproof. Quantities are up to personal preference.
International Driving Permit I prepared this in Singapore for S$20, but honestly it might not be necessary as our driving license is in English. Still, just in case. If you would like to read up on the application process, you can see here.
Sling bag / Small backpack Bring this. Super important so that when you go backpacking you can leave all your stuff in the hostel/bnb and carry this smaller bag as you explore each place.
Phone IMEI Number & “Find my Phone” Phone IMEI is your phone’s unique identification number. It’s good to know to help track and check a phone is yours but this is not as important if you lose it overseas. The “Find my Phone” function though is pretty much essential for whatever phone you’re using.
Vaccinations Again, optional. I recommend at least those 2 though. Most guys should be fine for tetanus as you took a shot during NS.
Food Bring whatever you want. Just providing some recommendations. Campbell soup was a lifesaver for me whenever I was saving on meals, just add hot water and you got breakfast. And I brought Bak Gua for Chinese New Year HAHAHA. (Check the country’s regulations first for any food that you bring in.)
Vacuum / Thermal Flask SUPER DUPER IMPORTANT, godly in keeping your hot and cold drinks the way they should be. Otherwise, at least a normal water bottle is essential as most places charge you for water in Europe so you will be drinking tap water a lot. Always check if tap water is safe to drink (most touristy cities / capitals should be safe).
Flexible Small Lock Something like this would be very useful. At times you might stay in a hostel where you need to either rent their locks or use your own lock for their lockers. I found this lock to be one of the most versatile ones as it fits into a wide variety of different lock holes.
Router & Ethernet cable Another item that I would say is necessary. Your hostel may not provide it and it may be expensive to buy there. A simple one in Singapore may cost like S$25-30 while in Sweden it was at least S$50.
Rice Cooker

Another item that I would say is necessary. Super useful for cooking rice and can also double as a steamboat hot pot.

I bought Sona SRC2072 model for myself for $42.90 from Courts. It’s a small one that weighed about 2 kg and can cook 2-3 people serving. You can definitely buy cheaper online or for larger sizes, but this size worked for me to fit into my limited luggage size and weight. I also managed to sell it off for about $22 before leaving so I spent about $20 to use it for 4 months, really worth it in my opinion.

Luggage weighing scale Very useful to have so that you can check before flying there and flying back at the end.
Offline Google Map and Translate Super useful to prepare beforehand when first flying to a place.

Have fun packing xD.

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