Over the years, we’ve helped a great deal of people move overseas, so much so that international moves have become a specialty of ours. In that time, we have seen people encounter all kinds of situations that they didn’t anticipate when they moved overseas. We know that there is a lot to prepare for when moving, especially if you’re relocating for a job or with a family. There are a few things that you can do to help smoothly transition to living in a new country. You’ll need to adapt a bit, and following these steps will help you do that.
Pack Light and Smart – You can check out our packing tips page for advice on proper packing procedures, but you should also remember some specific things about international moves. Specifically, we recommend packing lightly, relative to your reason for moving. If you’re relocating for a temporary job reassignment or semester abroad, don’t forget that you’ll be returning before you know it. There’s no need to pack a majority of your belongings, take things that you can’t live without and enough clothes to last you a few weeks at a time.
If you’re looking at a more permanent relocation, it’s still crucial to pack relatively lightly. Take an inventory of what’s in your home now and consider parting with the things that you don’t use on a weekly basis. Remember, you can save on moving expenses, save time, and make some extra money by downsizing before a move.
No matter the reason for your move, it’s important to remember that you’re moving to another country, not another planet. There are all sorts of shops and stores in the country you’re moving to. Shopping internationally can also help immerse you in the culture and style of your new home.
Find Out What You Won’t Be Able to Get – Although there are lots of opportunities to pick up new things, there may be some things that you actually will miss depending on where you’re moving to. For example, filling certain prescriptions may be difficult in a country with vastly different drug regulations than the U.S. Make sure to research any medication that you need and what you will have to do to get it in your new country. You can also do this with other things, like your favorite food items, to make sure that you take enough to last you until you can get more. You may be surprised at how difficult it is to find peanut butter in many European countries.
Give Yourself Time – Getting acclimated to a new culture, economy and language can take time. Fortunately, time is exactly what you need when it comes to unpacking after a move. Once you’ve moved in to your new house or apartment, just unpack those things you’ll absolutely need and take your time with the rest. This will give you something to do as you take your time getting used to all of the new things about your new country.
International moves don’t have to be intimidating. These are some simple steps that you can take to help you prepare yourself for life in another country. For more tips that will help with your move, explore our blog.