Life & work
In your big suitcase fit the most versatile and often-worn pieces of clothing you have. Try to avoid unnecessary pairs of high heels or heavy leather biker jackets – aim for comfort and do not forget about the Polish weather! If you come from the south of Europe or outside the continent, you may need warmer clothing for the winter months. Please remember to bring something smarter as well – you will never go wrong with a white shirt. These might be useful for examinations or any other formal event at your university, as Polish students still tend to wear smart clothes on such occasions.
Make sure you do not rely entirely on your credit or debit card, as charges for using them abroad may be quite high. Bring some cash, preferably already exchange for Polish zlotys (the national currency here). Euro is not the official monetary unit, but if you bring it, you will be able to easily exchange it to PLN on every airport or train station.
Actually, you should bring only the necessary stuff you may need during your first 24 hours of stay in Poland. After that you can easily get all that you have missed from a supermarket, chemist’s or other cosmetics stores, and it is very likely you will find your favourite international brands here as well.
Similarly to toiletries and make up, school supplies can be bought in Poland. No need to take sets of notebooks to Poland. If however you feel there will be a need to access a rare textbook, do find some space for it in your suitcase. What if it is not available in Poland (check that beforehand!) and you cannot imagine passing your exams without it?
If you use a laptop or a tablet in your day-to-day student life, they should obviously be packed into your suitcase, but beware of overpacking. Poland is beautiful, but taking three different camera lenses to keep your precious moments on a photograph is not reasonable – you can take another pair of warm socks instead!
Make sure your electronics chargers fit Polish sockets – if you are from the UK, for instance, you may need to buy an adapter.
Last but not least, if you ever feel homesick, bring your favourite snacks or other products that make you feel at home, but may not be available in Poland. Although there is a wide selection of international brands of sweets, we may not have your favourite baklava in every convenience shop. If you are not a fan of snacking, a scented candle, a cosy bed throw or a pair of slippers can also sweeten every rainy day!