The Start-to-Finish Guide for Moving to a New Place

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Without a doubt, moving is one of the most challenging things you will ever live through. It is a challenge moving from one home to another, or from one state to another. But, moving to a different country brings a whole new set of challenges.

We are going to give some step-by-step tips on moving. We will focus on the most challenging moves, (to another country) and you can reduce the steps as needed to meet your move.

Moving boxes
Moving boxes

1. Get Supplies

It is best if you allow yourself plenty of time to prepare. You will be able to be more efficient, and there is less chance of things going wrong if you have time to work them out. The first thing you should do is contact a company with experience to help you with international moving. They can give you first-hand advice on what you will need and how long the shipping will take. You should also check with your state government officials regarding what they require for the move. Make sure you have your passport, immunization records, visas, and identification.

Of course, you will need:

  • Cardboard crates
  • Packing tape
  • Markers and labels
  • Packing material

2. Learn about where you are going

This may sound strange, but you would be amazed at the people who chose a general destination and have little knowledge of the actual town or city they are moving to. Just because the place looks awesome on a postcard, or you had a layover there on doesn’t mean that the place is perfect for you!  Search for charter flights that would ease up the burden of moving and enjoy your new destination! This will give you time to find a new doctor in the new area. The laws concerning medicine and the availability of particular drugs may be something you will have to deal with. 

Research the destination
Research the destination

3. Build a network

You live in the age of technology. Reach out and start building your network. Visit some of the businesses in the area. Look for groups on social media and start making friends and connections.

4. Be tech-smart

If you are moving to another country, you do not know what technology laws hold. There are often hackers who attack the devices travelers have. Be sure to change your passwords and do not overlap them. Be sure your spyware and virus protection is up to date. Put screen locks on all your devices. Treat your devices as you would a credit card. Be very careful where you use them and do not assume they are safe. 

5. Copy everything

Keep a copy of everything in your wallet, front and back. If it is important enough to be in your wallet, copy it. Keep the list and a list of medications and emergency contacts in another bag. If your wallet is lost or stolen, this will help you contact the right companies to have your cards canceled and replaced.

6. Banking

Banking is pretty important. Check with your bank and find out if there are any branches or sister companies that are in the place you are moving to. Make sure your debit cards work internationally. Let your bank know of your plans. If your bank sees an unusual charge from a city across the globe, they may lock your card until they can contact you. Considering the time differences, this could be a problem if you are trying to pay for dinner or rent a hotel room.

Be sure you have some cash, and at least $200 in traveler’s checks that you can cash at a bank if there is a problem. Do not forget to educate yourself on the money exchange rate. What may be enough to rent a room here, may not be the case in another country.

7. Clean up and throw out

It stands to reason that if you move something, it is going to cost something. Now, if that something is something that you do not want to part with, then wrap it up. But, if it is something that you really do not care about or if it is something that will costs less to replace than to move, donate it, have a yard sale, or give it away. 

Time to throw out some of those kids toys
Time to throw out some of those kids toys
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Wendy Dessler

Wendy is a full-time writer who designs value-rich content aimed at increasing connections for expanding opportunities. She first started traveling without income as the part of her free-minded lifestyle but turned full-time freelance in 2014. She's been to 24 countries and visited around 12 countries with her oversized dog.


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