Experts say that staying connected to family, friends, and your school back home is important and vital to a positive overseas experience.
Computers and Internet Access
There are several things to consider when deciding whether to take a computer, tablet or smartpohone overseas:
- Do not pack your computer with your checked luggage. Take is as a carry on in a well-padded carrying case that's designed to protect your computer or tablet.
- Get in touch with your internet provide to find out what type of insurance options there are for you tablet or smartphone, and if those policies will cover your equipment internationally.
- Consider getting a security cable for your laptop. (It can be very useful if you stay in a hotel room without a safe.)
- Research what adapters you'll need so you can plug your computer into electrical outlets — you will likely need converters and cables to allow your computer to work on the local lines.
- Consider an overseas Internet/wireless account/provider. Your wireless carrier or internet provider may charge international fees which can add up quickly. Pay-as-you go may also be a good option abroad as some providers may require a proof of address in your host county, bank account information as well as household bills.
- See whether your university has a computer lab with Internet and email access.
- Internet access might be available at libraries.
- If you are living in a dorm rooms overseas check to see if they have an internet connection available in individual rooms. If you are staying with a host family you may not be able to find out if you’ll have a connection at their home until you arrive.
Shipping a PC or laptop can be expensive. It may be best to buy one while overseas (especially if the exchange rate is advantageous). You can sell it before you leave, and it will be configured for the local power supply.