What to pack for your Erasmus in Vaasa Worried about forgetting something while packing for your exchange adventure?

Fear not, we are here to give you some tips about what is important to remember, so you limit your expenses upon arrival and can start living your normal life right away, without running to shops to buy things you forgot and running again to the shop because you forgot to buy them the first time you were there.


It’s important to have the right type of clothing; if you come in August, you should have: cotton long sleeves shirts and a light jacket for the last summer days and loads of winter clothes, especially the kind which protects you from the wind.

If you’re coming in January, same thing, just with a bit more effort and thoughtfulness; the temperature is gonna probably drop down to -20°C, so what you need is a mix of quality and quantity: use a lot of layers that you can easily take off, use a good scarf to protect the neck (that’s where a lot of the body heat leaves the body) and a good hat and gloves.

Here is a list of things you should remember to pack. We advise you to print it and check it while preparing your luggage.

  • Valid passport and ID card
  • Copies of passport
  • Passport sized photos
  • Tickets/travel documents
  • Payment card
  • A small amount of cash
  • Phone numbers and email addresses of emergency contacts at home and in Vaasa
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Your Letter of Admission
  • European Health Insurance card / private insurance documents
  • Insurance arrangements for any accident, illness, injury, loss or damage to persons or property
  • Translated prescriptions for medications you take and a fresh supply of prescription medicines
  • You should bring necessary items for the bedroom like bed linen/sleeping bag and towel

The furnished accommodations are only equipped with basic furniture, no pillows/duvets/bed spread/kitchen equipment is provided (you can also purchase it at Jysk at a reasonable price, or do a trip to the nearest IKEA)

  • Clothes and shoes that are suitable for cold weather in the winter or rainy/snowy days. Wool and thick winter jacket is good, remember that it is quite windy in Vaasa
  • Adapters for electrical appliances, if necessary, and chargers for all the electronics you’re planning to bring
  • Internet cable, you never know if you might need one in the accommodation
  • Favourite recipes and items for sharing your culture with others and to make your home feel more like home at the beginning: music, photographs etc.
  • Don't forget your camera!

If you have any questions, feel free to send us a message on Facebook, we're happy to help!

 - Eleonora

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