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What to pack when you're moving abroad

  • January 18, 2013

What to pack when you're moving abroad

Relocating to another country is a lot different than staying within your native land and only moving out of state. Many expatriates are surprised when they can't find certain amenities in their new locations. Additionally, it's easier to move domestically than it is to ship items across borders or overseas.

Consider all of the differences between your current home and your new country before packing all your belongings and hiring an international moving company. You should give yourself plenty of time to prepare for every eventuality so that your relocation goes smoothly.

Documentation
The most critical items to have with you at all times are your important documents, such as passport and visas. Your paperwork should never leave your possession during your trip, so keep it in your travel bag. Additionally, photocopies can be beneficial if you're worried about losing the sensitive documents.

It can be difficult to clear customs without having the proper identification and clearance. Customs officials might be able to forward your documents to you in the event of an emergency, but you likely won't be allowed to leave the immigration facilities until the proper files arrive.

Electrical adaptors
Design Mom recommends bringing electrical adaptors for all of your devices. Some countries don't use the same AC electrical outlets as the United States, which means your cables and plugs will be useless. Adaptors turn the outlets into compatible ports for your gadgets so that you don't have to buy new items such as phones, lamps and other household goods.

Adaptors are necessities for expatriates who don't plan on living abroad for an extended period of time. It's expensive to purchase new electronics that will be useless once you return home. Long-term and permanent movers should consider investing in devices that were designed for their new countries.

Clothes
Consider impending climate changes before you start packing your clothes. A new location's weather might be wildly different than your native land's, and you might have to be acclimate yourself to the changes. Research the weather patterns of your home so you can decide whether you should bring your old gear or purchase a new wardrobe once you arrive.

There's an added benefit to buying new garments - convenience. The less clothes you have to pack, the easier your international relocation will be. Additionally, fitting into a new culture is simpler if you're not dressed like a tourist who doesn't understand the customs of a foreign country.

 

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