Try to avoid overpacking. Remember, every individual in the Program, whether faculty, student or dependent is responsible for carrying and moving his or her own luggage. No help is available for anyone. Any experienced traveler will tell you it is no fun to lug around heavy suitcases. This means you should pack a minimum of clothes and accessories in the lightest but sturdiest suitcase you have. Backpacks are highly recommended for easiest transport.


Recommended Items
All of the following items can be easily purchased in Italy. However, you will be traveling for about 8-10 days before arriving in Cortona, so we suggest you carry with you the things that will make you most comfortable during that period.

  • A wristwatch is a necessity
  • Bath towel, hand towel, and face cloth: take used, thin ones that will dry easily and can be disposed of at the end of the trip if you need space.
  • Soap: in a plastic container, or carry several small soaps
  • Tissues: Small packages of face tissues or wet towelettes are useful.
  • A small daypack
  • A lightweight, rainproof jacket
  • Layered Outfits (Spring & Fall)
  • Travel Umbrella
  • USB memory stick (at least 2GB)
  • Sewing kit: on a small piece of cloth put two needles, several safety pins and an extra button. Around a small piece of cardboard wrap two yards of thread to match each color of your clothes.
  • Laundry kit: Liquid or dry soap that will work in cold water. Put in a small container that can be stuffed into shoes.
  • Writing materials: Remember that your stamps must be purchased in the country from which you mail your letters. Aerograms are cheaper to mail than letters but must also be bought from the country from which you will mail them. You may want to bring a travel diary or journal.
  • Toilet kit: toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo. If you need a hairdryer, it is best to purchase one after you arrive in Italy. Most American hairdryers with a plug adaptor will burn out quickly.
  • Medical kit: bandages, cold tablets, aspirin, motion sickness medicine (if you are likely to need it), insect repellent. If you take prescription medication, including birth control pills, be sure to get enough for the entire trip. Always keep your prescription medication in the bottle from the pharmacy to avoid questions at customs.
    IMPORTANT: Be sure any medications you need on a regular basis are packed into your carry-on luggage. It is possible that checked luggage can get lost resulting in several days delay reuniting with your bags.
  • Plastic Bags: medium to large ones for wet or dirty clothes or towels, small ones for soap & washcloths.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen: the sun in Italy is very bright.
  • Alarm clock: battery operated.
  • Photo Students: Film - lots of it. Film is readily available in Italy, but is more expensive.
  • Camera
  • Bathing suit
  • Dictionary: English/Italian, Italian/English
  • Travel guides for Italy: Recommended: Let's Go Italy, Eyewitness Guides, Rough Guides.
  • Direct Current Adaptors: if you bring electrical appliances like hair dryers or electric shavers. In Italy the current is 220 V 50 cycles (in the US it is 110 V 60)
  • Tape Player/Recorder (optional): with a small supply of tapes/Cds and batteries.
  • Jewelry: leave your good, sentimental and expensive jewelry at home.
  • Leakproof plastic containers: bring along small plastic jars& bottles. They don't break and can be thrown away after you are finished with them. They are great for lotion, soap, cosmetics and anything liquid that can leak or drip.
  • Shoes: Due to increased number of broken or sprained feet and ankles, students are REQUIRED to wear comfortable, durable, practical shoes at all times. This includes flat, arch-supporting shoes for sports, gymnastics, walking, or hiking. Not allowed to wear outside the albergo: flip flops, clogs, high heels, shoes without a back strap. Cortona is very hilly with rough cobblestone streets. Sturdy shoes are essential at all times.
  • Laptop Computer: You will be able to access wireless internet at the Kehoe Center. However, printing both images and text from personal laptops using UGA printers is VERY difficult and not recommended. If students are used to composing on a lap top, they may still want to bring it, being aware that printing access will not be available.
  • Art Supplies

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Make certain you have a valid passport. Make copies of your passport and bring one with you in a separate place. Also leave a copy of your passport at home. These copies will be necessary if your passport becomes lost or stolen.
  • MONEY: The best way to get cash while abroad is by using ATM machines. You can withdraw up to $250.00 a day from your account and there are banks conveniently located throughout Cortona. If you bring traveler's checks, leave a copy of the numbers at home and a copy elsewhere in your luggage.
  • CREDIT CARD: It is highly recommended that students bring a credit card with them in case of emergencies. Visa, MasterCard or American Express with the student's name on the card, signed on the back.
  • INFO FOR PARENTS/RELATIVES: Print out a copy of the webpage "Information for Parents" and leave this with your family at home. It will provide them with information about how to reach you. Read it carefully and anticipate any additional information they may need during your time abroad. (ie: tax forms, financial aid forms, etc.)
  • IMPORTANT ADDRESSES AND PHONE NUMBERS: Bring with you the following addresses and phone numbers. Keep these addresses and phone numbers with you at all times so that you can call if you need assistance.

    UGA Residential Center Cortona, Italy
    Office of International Education
    The University of Georgia
    1324 South Lumpkin Street
    Athens, GA 30602
    Phone: +1.706.542.7120
    Fax: +1.706.542.4270

    The University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program
    52044 Cortona (Arezzo) ITALY
    Tel: 011 39 0575 603 157


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