Everything I Packed to Study Abroad in Scotland

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I posted last month about all the things I wished I had brought with me to Scotland, saying I’d soon write up everything I did bring. Well, this is me keeping that promise!! In this post you’ll get to see literally everything I brought with me, and what I packed everything in.

But before we get into this I want to say one little disclaimer. What each student needs to bring abroad will definitely vary. So while you can totally use my list as inspiration on what to pack, you may want to bring different things I left out, or not bring as much of a certain item that I did. That’s totally fine. Especially since not everyone is a fashion obsessed girl who owns too many clothes to fit in her closet at home and will never be caught wearing the same outfit twice. 

My Suitcases

Okay, first things first. I packed everything in three suitcases and my backpack. Yes, three. I’m not even going to try and justify that because of the disclaimer above.

three suitcases used to study abroad

I brought a large (about 30x19x11 inches) suitcase, a medium one (about 26x18x10 inches), and then a carry on (about 25x14x8 inches) suitcase. All three are the hard case rolling suitcases that allow you to fit even more than you expected since each has two compartments.

The backpack I used was just the basic one I use for classes. And it’s actually my all time favorite backpack I’ve ever used!! It has a separate pocket inside for my laptop and a zipper pocket inside as well! I usually keep a couple tampons and pads in there for emergencies. 

What I Packed

3 Dresses

  • Black cami dress – gotta have an LBD, plus the cut is good for layering
  • Long sleeve dress
  • Tank dress – also good for layering

shoes to study abroad

7 shoes

  • Gray booties – I needed at least one fancy shoe
  • Black boots
  • Duck boots – for hiking and walking tours
  • Tan oxfords
  • Black flats
  • Hightops converse
  • Nike free runs – because I knew I’d be running and hitting the gym


  • Two crewneck sweatshirts
  • Zip up hoodie
  • Four button ups – more like flannels than work button ups
  • Cardigan
  • Turtleneck
  • Nine t-shirts
  • Five long sleeve t-shirts
  • Seven tanktops
  • Five sweaters

clothes study abroad


  • Two pairs of jeans
  • Two pairs of ripped jeans
  • Two skater skirts
  • Two bodycon skirts
  • Two pairs of denim shorts
  • Two pairs of sweatpants
  • Two pairs of sleep pants
  • Four pairs of sleep shorts


  • Utility jacket
  • Raincoat – because duh, UK
  • Trench coat
  • Winter coat – I went for the spring semester
  • Vest – layering and they always keep you warms


  • Two belts
  • Two pairs stockings
  • Glasses
  • Four necklaces
  • Five pairs earrings
  • 10 rings
  • Large purse
  • Two scarves

suitcase packed study abroad


  • Five bralettes
  • 27 pairs of socks
  • 16 pairs of underwear
  • Five bras

Workout clothes

  • Two pairs running shorts
  • Seven pairs of leggings
  • Six sports bras
  • Nine shirts

suitcase packed study abroad


  • Shampoo – brought the full size but it was about half empty
  • Conditioner – brought the full size but it was about half empty
  • Deep conditioner
  • Two mini body washes
  • Two toothbrushes
  • Two perfumes and 1 rollerball
  • Lotion tub
  • Two face wash samples
  • Fash wash and precleanse
  • Four face masks
  • Travel size hand lotion
  • Two travel size face lotions
  • Travel toothpaste
  • Three chapsticks
  • Shower cap
  • Travel q-tips
  • Bar face soap
  • Travel size heat protectant
  • Two packs of contacts
  • Pack of men’s razors
  • Small supply of pads, liners, tampons
  • Comb
  • Brush
  • Nail file
  • Nail clippers
  • Three hair clips
  • Tweezers
  • Two face cleansing mitts

makeup study abroad


  • Bb cream
  • Foundation
  • Brush cleaner
  • Beauty blender and three mini sponges
  • Powder brush
  • Contour brush
  • 10 eyeshadow brushes
  • Eight liquid lipsticks
  • Three pencil eyeliners
  • Liquid eyeliner
  • Brow pencil
  • Translucent powder
  • Two highlighters
  • Bronzer
  • Face and eyeshadow primer
  • Three eyeshadow palettes
  • Two concealers
  • Mascara
  • Eyelash curler


  • Curling wand and flat iron
  • Nikon D5500
  • iPad
  • Laptop
  • Earbuds and wireless earbuds
  • Three converters/adapters
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Portable charger

School supplies

  • 3-subject notebook
  • Three sticky note booklets
  • Mini notepad
  • Pack of lined paper
  • Folder of important documents


  • Two canvas bags – great for shopping because here you pay for bags!!
  • Canvas laundry bag
  • Poetry book – Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet
  • Three travel journals
  • Scotland for dummies book
  • 52 lists journal
  • Daily mantra book – Find Your Happy by Shannon Kaiser
  • Bag of instant Starbucks iced coffee
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Umbrella – my grandma actually got me this fabulous one that doesn’t break when turned inside out!
  • Sour gummies – gotta eat something on the plane right?
  • Stationary
  • Three passport cases – LOL read this post to find out why
  • Passport
  • Purse
  • Wallet

So yeah that’s everything I brought with me!! I don’t think I overlooked anything, which hopefully I didn’t because this post is already really long and I’m feeling self-conscious about how much I bought. But honestly, there is so much space for all this in my flat without it being overcrowded. I’ve even bought quite a few more tops while being here and still have space!

If you’re scared about your suitcases being overweight, don’t worry! If I can keep it under 50 pounds each, then so can you!

Do you think I overpacked?

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