Making a move overseas is a huge decision. Here is the ultimate guide to making this transition as smooth as possible.
Get All Your Paperwork in One Neat Place
If you are moving overseas, you likely have a job or a place in a school there, and this means that you will likely need to have a lot of paperwork in order to hold these positions. Make sure that your paperwork is neat and that you have many copies in case you need them. your passport should also be renewed and in a safe place at all times.
Make Sure You Have Enough Money to Last a While
Money will be what you need most of when you move overseas. Just your plane tickets and getting around initially will cost you a lot of money, and if you don’t have a place to stay or an apartment right away, you’ll need to get a hotel or a hostel and pay for food in those first few weeks. Keep in mind if you are going to be a student, you also won’t have a regular income from work, and if you haven’t found a job yet, you definitely won’t have an income right away.
Don’t Pack the Small Stuff
Packing will be a big challenge as you gear up to move overseas. Just remember that you should pack things you know you will use. Keep a running list of the things that you use every day, and pack those things instead of random extraneous things you’ll think you’ll be in need of. And here’s another important thing: Don’t pack the small stuff. There will obviously be stores wherever you are going, and you can get things like shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste after you get there.
When Packing, Think About Things You Can’t Get There
Here’s another tip for packing. You don’t want to include things like shampoo and conditioner, but you will want to consider things that will be difficult to get wherever you’re going. For example, if you take any prescription medications or use any products that are only able to be found in your home country, your should get those in ample supply before going overseas.
Expect to Be Challenged Along the Way
Keep in mind that you’re definitely going to be challenged as you settle into your new life overseas. This is just natural thing that happens when you make a big change in your life like this, so don’t forget to be mentally prepared as well as physically prepared. Everything will work out in the end, but with a good head on your shoulders to begin with, you’ll be even more prepared for what’s to come. Good luck on your new journey overseas!