27 August 2013
Now the envelopes have been opened, the grades digested and placements accepted, it’s time to think about putting your belongings in a box and packing for university. As experts in international shipping, we know a thing or two about how to pack.
Remember the most important things to take are the items that show how fascinating you are: Framed film posters with iconic designs, ukuleles, backpacking mementos and thick essays by intellectuals (you don’t have to read them).
Alternatively, you can just leave all that baggage behind (except the ukulele which you should smash to bits), and concentrate on essentials. One box should be labelled a ‘lifesaver box’ and filled with items you need straight away such as tea and coffee-making facilities, cutlery, toiletries and a corkscrew (optional).
Pack another box with admin because the first week is going to be rather dull and entail a fair bit of queuing before you get your half-smiling, half-blinking image printed onto an ID card. Make sure you have your passport, academic certificates, bank details, NHS medical card, job references, accommodation documents and anything else relevant to your move/degree.
Don’t weigh your boxes down with study books. In fact, don’t weigh your boxes down with anything you can purchase at the other end. Upon arrival, give yourself plenty of time to bed in and do a little shopping, both for your new home and for your studies. And despite the fact we’ve had a very good summer, remember to pack warm and woolly items of clothing for the first few semesters.
If you’re taking laptops and other digital equipment, you might need extension leads, adaptors and memory sticks. Oh and it doesn't hurt (all puns intended) to take some first aid with you such as plasters and paracetamol.
Now you have your boxes packed and ready to go, all you need to think about is moving them. That’s where we come in. If you’re moving to a university within the same country, Seven Seas Worldwide has a specific student removals service to help transport your belongings and baggage from A to B, door-to-door, no fuss. If you have a lot of boxes, you can arrange for collection using one of our MoveCubes – a rather splendid trailer/vehicle thing that can hold the contents of an entire flat. We can handle all kinds of student shipping, in fact, and we can even pick up, store and then drop off your stuff for you with our student storage service. Awesome.
Seven Seas Worldwide also has a global network of depots which makes us a top choice among international students. Grab a free online quote to see what we can do to make your move to university a bit easier.
And actually, if he offers familiarity and reassurance, you can take Teddy if you want.
29 July 2013
So it's time for your gap year; that exciting sabbatical of travelling overseas for fun, adventure, education and many varied life experiences. But as any knowledgeable backpacker will tell you, there's a lot of preparation to do before you even hand in your final paper. So how do you ensure a smooth journey? Well, you can't. You're a gap year student - something always goes wrong. And very often, these moments will be your funniest anecdotes. But here at Seven Seas Worldwide, we'll do our best to offer as much advice and guidance as we can to keep your anecdote-level low.
Gap Year Luggage
If a backpack is your chosen gap year luggage (and let's face it, a wheeled suitcase is going to be a nightmare to drag through the jungles of Peru), make sure you don't pack too much. Remember, you'll be carrying this thing everywhere and no matter how young and fit you may be, a heavy backpack is going to cause strain on your back and elsewhere. Oh and make sure you buy a reliable and sturdy yet comfortable backpack, one with a belt for the waist as well as straps for the arms to lend that extra support when trekking about. And don't slouch. Plus if your gap year travel involves 'roughing it', make sure your rucksack is big enough to accommodate a sleeping bag as well as all other essentials.
With the rucksack as your main piece of gap year luggage, you're going to need to be more ruthless than you would be for a regular holiday. Very often, when packing a suitcase, we'll stuff down the side an extra pair of shorts or a T-shirt or toiletries or a makeup item 'just in case I need it'. With gap year travel, this sort of thinking should be avoided. If you're not sure you're going to use it, leave it at home. A lot of items such as toiletries, clothes and makeup can be purchased while abroad. These aren't essentials.
However these are...
Gap Year Travel Essentials
Here's a list of items you should certainly have in your rucksack. You may want to make a note of these and tick them off as you pack. Peace of mind at the airport and all that.
- Bank cards
- Mobile phone
- Flight tickets
- Accommodation details
- Sun lotion
- Insect repellent
- Notepad and pen
- Nondescript clothes allowing you to mix-and-match
- Painkillers, aspirin, etc.
Once you have these items ready, be sure to evenly distribute them around the rucksack so it doesn't feel lopsided. Rucksacks also have this habit of pushing the most hard-edged item into your back so make sure items are placed carefully or wrapped in something soft like your sleeping bag or some clothes.
Packing for a Gap Year
Right. You're good to go.
As you weave your way through your chosen destinations, absorbing the local cultures and customs, you may find yourself accumulating more stuff than when you first packed, such as souvenirs, gifts and extra food/toiletry/clothing items. What do you when the sheer volume of your gap year luggage exceeds your expectations? Well, without wishing to sound too biased, speak to us. Okay, it sounds a bit biased but hear us out.
Seven Seas Worldwide is fast becoming the first choice for students all over the globe because we're safe, efficient, affordable and very nice on the phone. If you find yourself in a pickle with your gap year luggage while overseas, Seven Seas Worldwide can collect, ship and deliver your items back home, door-to-door, with very little fuss. In fact, we can be there for every eventuality; maybe you want to send your items ahead of you at the start of your gap year or perhaps send a gift package back home? Talk to us today about our excess baggage service, and take a look at our range of amazing student shipping services (including collect and store student storage which is perfect for all the other stuff you might accumulate). Oh and check out our instant online shipping quote engine to see just how affordable we are.