Five questions to ask yourself before packing to move abroad

Packing to move abroad

Deciding what to bring with you when relocating can be an overwhelming task. As you stand in your closet staring at the years’ worth of items you have collected and wondering how you will ever choose what to bring, ask yourself these five questions:

  1. What climate are you moving to?

If you’re moving from a cold or moderate climate to hot and sunny one, there’s a good chance you can ditch your heavy winter jackets and thermals. Keep your travel plans in mind; If you’re moving to a large country with a variety of climates, such as the United States, and you plan to do a lot of sightseeing,  you’ll want to keep a few warmer items so you don’t have to buy new.

  1. How long will you be staying?

Will you be relocating for one year, or five? Will you be keeping a storage unit in your home country? Or are you tossing everything you don’t bring? These are important considerations when determining what needs to make the move with you.

  1. How big is your new home?

If you’re packing up a three bedroom home to move into a 500-square-foot apartment, you need to pick and choose what is important to take with you. If you’re moving in with roommates, check what items they have already so you don’t double up on communal items like microwaves and toaster ovens.

  1. Will you have easy access to necessities?

Ask yourself, if I don’t bring this with me will I be able to find it in my new country? If the answer is no, then you need to decide how important that item is to your comfort and everyday necessities.

  1. What is the electrical standard?

Will your plugs fit in the sockets? If not, it might not be worth the hassle of relocating with your small appliances.

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