Packing for: Studying Abroad

I'm off to Spain tomorrow for the next 5 months!

I've avoided packing because, well, I have no idea what to bring! I've tried to find some good guides online but never found one that was very helpful or detailed so here is my go at it! Hopefully this can helps someone who is hopelessly lost like I was a couple of weeks ago. When I get back at the end of May I hope to do a follow up post and see what I did right and what I should have done.

Clothes laid out for packing for studying abroad.

Pictured:
Top: Black Zara dress, sun dress, Marmot jacket, hat, scarf, mittens, makeup bag, backpack,  shoulder bag, clutch, travel clutch
Second row: 3-barrel, Roxi bikini, sunglasses (aviator & wayfarer)
 jewelry box, camera
Third row: Macbook Pro, How To Climb Mt. Blanc in a Skirt by Mick Conefrey (on my wishlist here), nook, Sweater, t-shirts, pants, belts
Bottom: sneakers, Minnetonka Moccasin, wedge sandals, boots


And here is a comprehensive list of what I'm bringing:

Outerwear: (2 total)
1 medium weight jacket
1 light/wind breaker jacket

Tops (12 total)
3 sweaters
3 cardigans
3 long sleeves
3 short sleeves

Bottoms: (8 total)
3 pairs of jeans (blue, red & grey)
1 pair of blue denim capris
1 pair of black shorts
1 pair of jeggings
1 pair of yoga pants
1 pair of fleece lined leggings

Dresses (2 total)
1 little black, leather paneled dress
1 sundress

Accessories
1 infinity scarf
1 pair of mittens
1 knit hat
2 belts
2 pairs of sunglasses

Bags:
1 backpack
1 shoulder bag
1 clutch
1 draw string backpack

Shoes (4 total)
1 pair of sneakers
1 pair of Minnetonka Moccasins
1 pair of wedged sandals
1 pair of boots

Jewelry
3 bracelets
2 necklaces
2 rings
2 pendent earrings
3 stud earrings

Other apparel
1 bikini
4 tank tops
1 pair of black tights

Other:
camera
nook, 1 hard cover book
Macbook
3 barrel hair waver
journal
Book about Minnesota for my host family
notebooks
Spanish verb book
water bottle
travel blanket
outlet converters
ALL the toiletries you can think of

Some notes on what I'm packing and why!
- I'm bringing all of the toiletries I'm going to need because they don't take up too much space and it's so much cheaper and easier than buying them once I arrive.
- I'm only bringing my inexpensive waver and not my straightener because in case my high powered outlet converter decides not to work (its suppose to work on high wattage appliances) I don't want it to short out my $100 Chi. I'm also going without a hair drier.
-All of this barely fits into my two little suitcases so I've already accepted that I'll need to buy a 3rd suitcase at the end of May when I come home.
- My family will be coming to visit me in March and we already have a plan where they will bring me more warmer weather clothes and take some of my colder weather clothes home to MN with them.



I really tried to stick to "bring half of what you think you need" but its really hard! Like, if above is what I think I need should I cut it in half? I know I'm going to be doing a lot of shopping when I'm there but I also don't want to bring so little I have to nearly buy a completely new wardrobe (I'm trying not to burn through all of my savings). 

Jewelry box
Jewelry & box I'm bringing. Aren't my elephant earrings so cute!
Travel organizer for passport, tickets and documents.
I got this great travel clutch/organizer for Christmas. It has pockets for your tickets, passport, documents and travelers checks.

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