How Much to Bring
General rule: the less you bring, the less you carry. You are expected to be able to carry all of your own bags for at least one mile. We strongly recommend that you pack your belongings in a backpack as it is much easier to carry. Many have found that shoulder straps, luggage with wheels, or a luggage carrier have made transporting luggage much easier.
The specific rule is that your one piece of checked luggage cannot weight over 50 lbs. The fine is pretty hefty. You are also limited in the number of carry-on bags. You are allowed one travel piece, a camera bag or a purse. Your carry-on pieces must fit under your seat.
Place all valuables, medications, and documents in your carry-on.
Use durable luggage
Use a durable luggage tag with your permanent contact info on it in case your luggage is lost.
Leave enough room for the gifts that you will be bringing home.
Pack to conserve space. Roll clothing and use small items to fill empty space.
Carry a change of clothing in your carry-on in case your luggage is delayed.
If you bring any prescription medications, be sure to bring them in the original container, as unmarked medication can arouse suspicion.
The last night of briefing, before you leave for your country, be sure to have one change of clothing, basic toiletries and needed medications in your carry-on bag in case your luggage is delayed.
Make sure you have everything you need before you arrive at briefing because you will not have any spare time once it starts. You should also bring some basic documents in the event of a problematic situation (e.g. your passport gets stolen). These would include:
Copy of your birth certificate and/or naturalization papers
Copy of your passport
You might want to make two copies: one to bring with you when you travel, and one to keep at home.
Personal spending money, $100-200 depending on how much in gifts you want
Passport and passport pouch/holder
Bible, journal, pens, etc.
Address list of friends and supporters
Power/electric adapter (220 volts, though many outlets are different)
backpack for campus
umbrella or rain jacket (it may rain at times)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Playing cards and other small games
Small translation dictionary
Glasses, protective case, contacts, solution
Personal hygiene: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, athlete’s foot spray, razor and blades, feminine products, other personal items*
Dramamine and/or ear plugs if you are a light sleeper
Plastic bags to store all the above stuff that leaks
*If you’re not too picky, you can get a lot of these things in country.
No Fly List…
Any unnecessary valuable items.
Any items or literature that reflect negatively on Austrian culture, politics or economies.