An Expat’s Guide On How To Pack For Your Big Move Abroad
Whether you’ve landed a new job in a foreign country or are moving abroad for any other reason, the process of moving is extremely stressful. Reports suggest that moving can be even more stressful than going through a divorce. That’s partly down to the stress of deciding what to take and what to leave behind, along with how you’re going to ship your belongings.
But before you start panicking, read this guide on how to pack for your big move abroad.
Store important documents
When you’re getting ready to move overseas, your most immediate concern should be to store all important documents carefully. From passports to birth certificates, pack all essential documents safely for each family member.
Make copies for each original document and store the copies separately. This way, you’ll have backups ready just in case the originals are lost.
Pro-tip: Avoid keeping the originals in checked bags, in case they are lost. Keep originals in your carry-on bags to ensure safety.
Take the clothes you need
Once you’ve stored essential documents, the next step is to identify the clothes you’ll need. While there’s an unwavering temptation to pack all your clothes, you have to honestly assess which clothes you’ll actually wear in the country you’re moving to.
If you’re going to a country that has warm weather all year round like the UAE, plan accordingly and ditch the warm sweaters that will serve no purpose apart from bulking your suitcase.
Remember, you can always shop for new clothes once you’re settled into your home!
Pack essential electronics
It goes without saying that we live in the digital age where our social lives often depend on social media. This becomes an even bigger factor when you’re moving abroad, as you have to use your phone and laptop to stay connected with your loved ones.
A sad reality of moving is that your electronics can be misplaced or lost during the move, which is why it’s vital that you back up data from your phone and laptop before securely packing them. Also, check the voltage output of the country you’re moving to, to see if your electronics would be compatible.