If you’re planning an international move, you’re likely very excited. This is a great opportunity to learn about a new culture in a new country and it’s easy to see how an overseas move could change your life. With that in mind, you might assume that you don’t have time to work out the details of a move. However, the fact of the matter is that an overseas move doesn’t have to be complicated as long as you plan properly. Luckily, we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to complete and overseas move and we’re eager to share that knowledge with you. Here are a few key tips for moving overseas.
Did you know that in many European countries it is very hard to find peanut butter?
Pack Light and Smart – You should also remember some specific things about international moves. It’s very important to pack lightly, especially for those who anticipate moving overseas permanently. Take a good look at the things in your home and be honest with yourself about what your do and don’t use on a regular basis. Make a list of the things that you don’t use regularly and consider whether it would be best to sell, donate or recycle them. Remember, you can save on moving expenses by saving time and by having a lighter load on the truck.
If you’re relocating for a temporary job reassignment or semester abroad, there’s no need to pack everything as you’ll be returning to home. Instead, try and take things that you can’t live without, such as, your favorite outfits, electronic devices or items needed for hobbies.
Find Out What You Won’t Be Able to Get – Although we certainly recommend taking time to experience shopping abroad, you should take the time to research what types of American items may be unavailable in your new country. People are often very surprised to find out just what types of things they’ve been taking for granted as Americans. For example, did you know that in many European countries it is very hard to find peanut butter? On a more serious note, you should definitely make sure that you will be able to fill any vital prescriptions in your new home country. Other parts of the world may have very different laws and regulations regarding medicine, so it is wise to find out well before you move overseas in order to make sure you’re prepared.
Give Yourself Time – Getting acclimated to a new culture, economy and language takes time. After an international move, your time is best spent becoming acclimated to these changes, not unpacking. That’s why you need to have a plan in place for unpacking once you’ve moved in. The best things to do is to have a separate duffle bag of clothes and essentials that is easy to access. This way, you can go about your day-to-day life in a new country without having to constantly sift through boxes.
Don’t let the planning of an overseas move distract you from what should be an exciting time in your life. By following these steps, you can ensure that you have a stress-free move.