The Moving Abroad Packing List

It is super easy to overpack for your move abroad. Being over prepared is a natural response to such a big change like living overseas. Get the Moving Abroad Packing List Essential Dos and Don'ts PLUS your free Moving Abroad Checklist! Read More at SimpleGoldLIfe.com

As you all know, I moved to Australia in 2012 on the work & holiday visa. The visa allows you to move to Australia for one year, and packing for a year can be difficult. I had no idea how to pack everything I owned into one backpack and one carry-on suitcase.

After many attempts of packing everything I own, I realized it wouldn’t be possible. I had to weed out the unnecessary from the necessary. Yet, somehow, I managed to meet the largest weight requirements of 50lb Backpack to check and 25 lb carry-on.

It was clear, after the first few months down under, I packed a lot of things I didn’t need or use. Here is the moving abroad packing list essential dos and don’ts  for a year abroad.

Packing Dos

WARM CLOTHES (Carry-On)

If you’re on any long haul flight that flies after dark, it is likely to be cold. If you’re anything like me, you will get really cold. Be sure to wear pants and a long sleeve shirt. I also recommend packing a few other things like a beanie, sweatshirt, and wool socks. I don’t have the greatest blood circulation either, so to the above, I bundled up in a warm comfy coat.

TOILETRIES

The air we breathe on planes is a combination of fresh air and recycled cabin air. When you’re cruising at an altitude between 35k and 42k the air can get super dry. Must haves include travel sized lotion, chapstick, face Lotion, and moisturizing mask. The moisturizing mask isn’t a must have, but definitely a nice to have. Using it made my skin feel refreshed and less tired, ready to take on the next few busy days of getting settled in Oz.

It is super easy to overpack for your move abroad. Being over prepared is a natural response to such a big change like living overseas. Get the Moving Abroad Packing List Essential Dos and Don'ts PLUS your free Moving Abroad Checklist! Read More at SimpleGoldLIfe.com

TECH

Laptops, tablets, phones, and e-readers and their chargers. Plus keep a portable charger on hand. Having fully charged tech can help you get to where you need to go on your first day in a new country.

ADAPTORS / CONVERTERS

This goes without saying, but adapters are key to getting by in a new country. Understanding the voltage requirements in your new country will save a few electronics. Australia’s voltage is 220-240, where the US voltage is 120. My hair straightener lasted no more than five minutes before the fuse blew. Try a voltage converter for US appliances you want overseas.

TRAVEL ITEMS

Whether you are traveling or living in a new country you may find yourself in a hostel or a cheap hotel. Bedding and towels may not be as clean as you want. Keeping a good sized travel towel, a twin flat sheet, and a pillow case maybe the smartest thing you can do for your skin.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

A car hit a friend while riding his bike. I had another friend who became sick with a stomach bug. I once got a terrible sinus infection. Three times travel insurance came to the rescue. Be prepared for the unexpected and get some travel Insurance.

COPIES OF IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Passports and Birth certificates are the only validity of your identity. Make sure you have them certified in the US and keep them safe when overseas.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE & PROBIOTICS

When you go to any new country, it may take some time for your stomach to settle to the food. I highly recommend bringing some probiotics so you can get your gut health on the right track.

Also, be aware of any prescription medicine you may need on the road. Australia’s rule is that you are only allowed to bring four weeks supply of medicine. If you will need a refill when abroad, have your doctor write a prescription with the generic name. Having many details will make it easier for the doctor to prescribe you exactly what you need.

MAKEUP

Makeup can be expensive. Even a simple mascara can cost upwards of $20. If you need makeup in your every day, I would suggest stocking up on the most expensive products you use or be willing to pay the price.

It is super easy to overpack for your move abroad. Being over prepared is a natural response to such a big change like living overseas. Get the Moving Abroad Packing List Essential Dos and Don'ts PLUS your free Moving Abroad Checklist! Read More at SimpleGoldLIfe.com

CLOTHES & SHOES

Clothes and shoes fall into both categories of DOs and DONT's. Do bring layer-able clothes for the current season. Also, if you plan on working in an office environment, bring a work uniform. Like a professional outfit that is simple and comfortable. Do bring flip flops for any shared shower situation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. Remember shoes are heavy, so it's always best to wear your heaviest shoes on your flight.

 

Packing Dont's

ALL YOUR CLOTHES / ALL YOUR SHOES

I made the terrible mistake of taking everything I owned with me. Well, nearly everything. Many dresses and skirts didn’t get used until later in the summer. By that time, my fashion sense had changed and I also wasn’t the same size. I brought way too many cute shoes that were nothing but extra weight.

TAMPONS/PADS

I stuffed tampons and pads in every crevice of my luggage. It was a total waste. The precious space could be better used for other things or nothing at all. In Australia, they have plenty of options for feminine hygiene.  Yet, now that I’ve grown eco conscious I’ve opted for the Lena Menstrual Cup. It’s small and super easy to travel with less messy than tampons. It does take a time to get used to the change, but I no longer worry about having any accidents. God Send!

PLASTIC RAZORS

You can easily find razors in Oz. So don’t try to stuff them in your bag if you don’t need them. You should know, plastic razors are bad for the environment. If you want to save room in your luggage, save some money and save the earth, buy a steel razor.

LARGE TOILETRIES

Do not bring big bottles such as shampoos, conditioners, lotion, hair products face wash, sunscreen, and etc. Huge bottles are unnecessary. You will find something comparable once you’re in your new country. It’s always fun looking at the differences between products from home and abroad. Travel Sizes of everything should suffice for your first week of living abroad.

CONTACT LENSES

I bought about six months worth of contact lenses. It was pretty easy to get refill them while I was abroad with Specsavers.com.au. If I were to do it again, I would only bring a few months supply and refill with Specsavers.com.au. Watch out for holiday specials to get a great deal on your contact needs.

There you have it! The essential packing list dos and don'ts. Always remember it's okay if you bring less on your exciting adventure ahead. Whether is through meeting new people, popping into a local shop, you will always find what you need. 

What is on your essential packing list for moving abroad?

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It is super easy to overpack for your move abroad. Being over prepared is a natural response to such a big change like living overseas. Get the Moving Abroad Packing List Essential Dos and Don'ts PLUS your free Moving Abroad Checklist! Read More at SimpleGoldLIfe.com