Remember you will always want to pack more than you will actually use during the semester. Think in terms of simplicity; mix and match items; layer for warmth; test yourself to see how little you can live with during a semester; and know that everyone will be wearing the same things over and over again! Please look at your Student Handbook for more ideas and a packing list.
There are many great travel products available that you might be able to use while you are abroad. You could spend a fortune before departure on all of these items. But we do not want to imply that you must purchase all of these items in order to succeed abroad. Many students do not purchase great volumes and still do very well.
Speak with Education abroad ambassadors about what was useful for them and decide what you can not live without. Remember, NEVER take anything with you that it would ruin your trip if you lost it. Consider reading this Study Abroad Returnees article on Packing before studying abroad. Leave family heirlooms and keepsakes at home.