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What to Pack When Moving Abroad

Posted Moving Fundamentals / October 21, 2019
Anastasia Hill

Apart from being the next fashion icon, Anastasia is also a freelance writer and expert on moving (and packing clothes).

Are you planning to move to another home in a foreign country and begin a new life in an unfamiliar environment? You’re probably excited as much as worried about leaving your sweet home and relocating overseas. To start anew on the right foot, you need to know what to pack when moving abroad.
But don’t worry, it just looks complicated. From important documents to clothes and medicine, these are the things you’ll need for your overseas journey.

What to Pack When Moving Abroad – The Primary Items

It can be quite a challenge to pack everything for living in another country without overdoing it or forgetting something. Don’t leave it until the last minute. Luckily, with our checklist, you can rest assured everything is in order for your relocation abroad. And even if you don’t have everything when you are going out of state, at least you’ll know what to buy. All you got to do is make sure to start packing to move on time.

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Important Documents – What to Pack?

Personal documents are important when traveling abroad. You will be asked to provide proof of your identity when crossing the borders between different countries. It is recommended to bring both the originals and copies to avoid losing anything important while you are abroad. Your originals should always be close to you in the event your checked bags get lost. So, write down the following paperwork in your checklist:

  • Tax information
  • Visa information
  • Marriage license, if you have one
  • Birth certificates
  • Passports
  • Immunization records, especially if you’re going to countries that require them
  • Medical records
  • Pet health records are also necessary when they travel with you
  • Travel insurance proof, just in case you might need it
  • Credit cards
  • Board pass copies
  • Local travel guides will help you work your way around an unfamiliar place
  • Plane tickets

Medicine – This is What You Need

Before you leave, create a list of all meds you should pack. Make sure to carry as large a supply as possible, especially if you have a chronic illness. During a long international trip or somewhere in a foreign country, looking for a medicine and the doctor’s prescription can be a very complicated and expensive process. So, get all the necessary examinations done and stock up on your prescriptions before your journey. You should be very careful when it comes to your health. After a year or so, getting things such as meds will be easy, but until then, don’t forget to stock up.

Electronics – Items We Can’t Do Without

Our everyday activities are mostly related to technology. Those items serve to entertain us, but also have a useful side – they help us stay in contact with our loved ones after relocating. You might need some of them for a new job or even just at home, so it’s vital to store electronic items properly to avoid potential damage. Items you should bring include:

  • External hard drive
  • International outlet adapters, while abroad your regular adapters might not work
  • Phone, if you want to save up and not buy a new one.
  • Laptop, because they can be expensive
  • Camera with an extra memory card, to capture how you live your best life
  • Headphones, sometimes you just want to a list of favorite songs and relax
  • Sim cards for your phone, but check if your provider works abroad.
  • An additional charging cable for your phone and laptop

Clothes – Do Not Overpack

Before you start packing tons of clothes, check what the weather will be like in the new country. Be practical when it comes to packing bulky items – try to find alternatives to them. Also, consider using packing cubes to save suitcase space. Whatever you decide, try not to forget the most basic items that you’ll surely need before your belongings arrive:

  • Rain boots or other weather-appropriate shoes
  • Flip-flops
  • Sneakers but running shoes if you use those
  • Walking shoes
  • Rain jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • A light jacket and a long, heavy coat
  • Bathing suit
  • A hat
  • Two to three pairs of shorts
  • One formal outfit
  • Three to five T-shirts
  • Two to three pairs of jeans
  • Two sweaters or sweatshirts
  • Dress clothes
  • Travel towel
  • Sunglasses

Toiletries – Only The Basic Articles

If you are flying on an airplane, you should know that you’re only allowed to bring 3.4 ounces of liquid per bottle. All bottles must be placed into a 1-quart clear zip-lock bag. Keep in mind that all of these items will be available in your new country, so don’t overpack, you might as well leave them behind. You should also get acquainted with other carry-on luggage restrictions. Here is a list of the essentials:

  • Contacts and solution for them
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • A small bottle of Sunscreen
  • Floss
  • Tweezers
  • Razors and a small bottle of shaving cream
  • Sewing kit
  • Nail clipper
  • Lip balm

Miscellaneous – Things Adjusted to Your Needs

To make your trip and first few weeks of life more comfortable, you should consider creating a checklist and packing some of these items:

  • A notebook
  • Glasses (as a replacement for contacts)
  • A dictionary can be helpful in the long run when learning a language abroad
  • A waterproof bag
  • Earplugs
  • A travel pillow is a better choice than using bundled clothes to sleep on them
  • A water bottle
  • A money belt

Additional Moving and Packing Tips When Going Overseas

Have you read a guide or two about living overseas? When you leave everything behind and start living in a completely new area, you will need something to make you feel better when you are nostalgic. If you want to excel when going to a new country, here is a guide on how to prepare for the new environment and how to facilitate your relocation process:

  • Check all possible regulations at your future home before relocating
  • Set aside the luggage with your essentials and keep it with you during the flight
  • Sometimes, the delivery of your belongings can take several weeks, so make sure you bring with you everything you need, like meds, small toiletries, books, and the list goes on
  • Insurance coverage for your belongings is mandatory

Let’s not forget some other not less important stuff you will love to have with you while living your life in another place. Do you like to read books? Whether you are going to work or you are set to travel, you always have a small pile of books with you? If so, it won’t take you a lot of time to pack books, and not only them but all the little objects that make you happy.

Contact International Movers and Ask for Free Quotes

Probably the most crucial factor when moving across the world is to find a reliable international mover and choose the best moving options, be it an international relocation by air or international moving by sea. A reputable company will also offer packing services, as well as custom crating, overseas car shipping, and storage. Call several movers and get down to work. Compare their prices, services, and benefits. Ask for moving quotes to help you determine costs across different companies. Don’t forget to check your mover’s legitimacy and protect yourself from potential fraud.

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