What to Pack For Teaching Abroad (TEFL Teachers Packing List)

Teacher’s 1-Year Packing List

Go high quality. Do not shop on Shien. You want to take a capsule collection of pieces that you can mix-and match over the year! Spend 30% extra…on 30% less stuff. That is the way to do it. I’m going to list clothing that will last you well over a year! And you’ll want it because depending on where you may end up, you might not be able to shop.

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Clothing in the Classroom

Here’s the goal of classroom clothing: You want to be comfortable and cute while being appropriate. This doesn’t mean you have to dress like a nun! You should still feel confident at school. It just means covering your boobies and butt.

In the Classroom

Clothing for Fall ↓

Jeans and pants suitable for cooler weather

I love my Spanx pants because they are work-appropriate with stretch!

spanx are perfect to pack for teaching abroad

And I love my Summersalt Pants

And JEGGINGS that are comfy for sitting all day

Summersalt pants are prefect for teaching abroad
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What to pack for teaching abroad: Jeggings
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Tie-Top that goes with everything

Basic T

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Comfy T for Leggings

A Classic Flannel Shirt

Comfy Sweatshirt for Leggings

Classy Sweatshirt

Scarves and shawls

I love this scarf with a hidden zipper.

Teacher Overalls

Every teacher needs overalls.


Waterproof Rain Jacket

Drape Front Jacket

Waterproof jacket for rainy days when teaching abroad
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Wrap sweater

A Classy Day-to-Night Sweater Jacket


Rain boots

Comfortable closed-toed flats

Clothing for Winter↓


Warm winter coat or parka
(best if it’s waterproof with a hood)

A Professional Overcoat

Waterproof Parka
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professional overcoat
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Fluffy sweater
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Layering sweater
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Cozy pull-over Shawl
(that’s basically a professional snuggie)

Long-sleeve bodysuit

Thermal tops and leggings


Insulated booties

Merino Wool socks

Clothing for Spring ↓


Day to Night Bodysuit

A classic fitted shirt 

A Sleep T


Jeans or lightweight jeans with stretch

A conservative and warm flowy skirt

What to pack for teaching abroad: Warm flowy skirt


Comfy and waterproof shoes

Comfortable closed-toe shoes

Best classroom shoes to stand on all day


Light jackets or raincoats


A cozy jumpsuit with stretch

Clothing for Summer ↓


Wrap Dress

A Flattering Wrap Dress
(size up)

Flowy Dress for the Weekends

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A Must-Have Wrap skirt


Lightweight and breathable tops

T-shirt cover up to go over spaghetti strap tops or dresses


The cutest romper ever

24 hour jumpsuit

Best Undies & Bras

Spanx shapewear on the what to pack for teaching abroad list

Shapewear to Wear Under a Dress
…so you don’t flash the kids.

My other favorite best undies for under-dresses

Spanx Reversible Tights for Dresses

The Only Thong Underwear I Will Wear

Comfy Bralette

Lace Bralette

Outside the Classroom

Adventure Outfits

Work out leggings

What to pack for teaching abroad - workout leggings

My favorite swimsuits

A Swimsuit you can LIVE in

Quiclity Swim bottoms 

Active shorts

Jean shorts

Work out top

Plush sweatshirt

Sandals or flip-flops for after-work



Items to Use Inside the Classroom

The key to enjoying your class is to have control…without headaches. How do you control a classroom? With humor and games! Trust me. After 5 years of teaching around the world, these are the MUST HAVE classroom games and gadgets. You’ll thank me later.

👉 Slap Game – https://amzn.to/3YFfZGJ 

👉 Stress balls for kids with energy issues – https://amzn.to/3qCKi4b 

👉 Suction balls, the ultimate “throw at the board” learning tool – https://amzn.to/45zifBr 

👉 Squeaky hammer – https://amzn.to/3QN2WBk

👉 Stickers are your secret weapon – https://amzn.to/3EnM9gN 

👉 Mini speaker – https://amzn.to/3E566IX 

👉 Hydration packets (for you): https://shopstyle.it/l/b0c0B 

👉 Cliff bars (for you): https://shopstyle.it/l/b0c1J 

Safety Items

1. Personal alarm or whistle: https://www.shesbirdie.com/?variant=42203727331503

2. Travel insurance: If your school doesn’t provide you with insurance, please get your own travel insurance!

👉 Go with WorldNomads if you’re a super-adventurer (like you’re going to be living off-the-grid in a tiny village.

👉 or Go with SafetyWing if you play it safer (living in a city).

3. Copies of important documents

4. Portable door lock or wedge – https://amzn.to/3P1kaIn

5. Local emergency numbers saved in your phone

6. Scarf with hidden pocket – https://amzn.to/3YFfZGJ 

7. Hidden bra pouch – https://amzn.to/3QMwhMb 

8. The best mini wallet with RFID blocking technology – https://amzn.to/3KMqGBD 

9. Money belt – https://amzn.to/3OH5rlJ 


Teacher’s tote
(that I take with me all over the world and that will last a decade)

Rolling Jewelry Organizer

Best laptop bag with zippers

Walk-around backpack

Things You'd never think of

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👉 Hot Cocoa: https://amzn.to/47EoMg2

👉 Pistachios: https://amzn.to/3OLg7zO 

👉 Cliff Minis: https://amzn.to/3QMBfZl 

Remember to consider the local culture and dress codes when packing your clothing items. Prioritize comfort, functionality, and respect for the local norms. Enjoy your teaching experience in Asia!

And hey, if you found this article helpful, please share this on Pinterest for other teachers to find!

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