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As John says, you can get just about anything anywhere these days. And your ‘mental suitcase’ is just as important as your real one.
Still, you need to bring clothes that are suitable for the climate and that are proper for your daily work. If you are going to a country with a totally different climate (Norway, for example!) you are entitled to a departure/set-up grant that may be used for warm clothes and proper boots.
Then, in whatever direction you are travelling, you will need the following:
- A valid passport for the period you are abroad and at least 6 months after your exchange ends.
- Leave a photocopy of your passport at home and bring some copies.
- Bring you medication
- A signed contract with your employer, and your task description
- Visa if requested – ask your partner
- Your host partner’s contact information (Leave a copy of this information at home as well)
- Something from your country/personal that might be nice to use when you introduce yourself at the training or in your host country
- Check out the website of the organisation you are going to work with. Also familiarize yourself with your host country through various websites, like tourist guides and national newspapers. It can also be useful and fun to check out music and literature from your new country.