The Ultimate Moving Abroad List

Moving abroad is an exciting adventure. But, it is also challenging. Moving across town is difficult, But when you are there you know what to expect, Your life will function as it did in your other location. This is not the case when moving abroad.  With this in mind, we have compiled The Ultimate Moving Abroad List that will help you move abroad as seamlessly as possible. You will find this will help you prepare your stuff well.

The Ultimate Moving Abroad List Essentials


Of course, you know you will need paperwork. But you may be surprised at the items required. You will need

  • Passport and visa
  • At least two photocopies of your passport (in case yours is lost or stolen)
  • Photocopies of all your immunization records (you never know when this is needed)
  • Typed or written copies of contact information of family or friends. Keep one with you at all times and another in your luggage
  • 4-8 passport photos (in some countries they are required)
  • Make copies (front and back) of all your cards in your wallet. This makes getting credit cards canceled and reissued faster if your wallet is stolen)
  • Even if you pay all your bills electronically, you need a list of who you pay with account numbers and phone numbers;


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You need to take electric converters. The country you are traveling to may not use the same voltage and your plugs may not work. Further, it is a good idea to take a backpack along with basic needs for a day. You never know when you can find yourself unable to get back to your rooms. Also, take:

  • Cell phone and charger (a charged portable cell phone charger is a good thing to have and they are cheap)
  • Laptop computer
  • Tablet – there are times it is not possible to carry your laptop
  • Gaming stations


Find out about the exchange rates of money before you go. Ask your bank if they have locations in the country of your destination. If they do not, you may want to open an account at one that does.

Make someone here Power of Attorney so they can access your account and get money to you in an emergency. Expect to be there 4-6 weeks before your paycheck arrives and take enough money to cover you for that period of time.

Make sure you understand the currency. If it is obvious that you do not, you may get change back for a dollar when you paid with a $20.

Personal hygiene

While you can buy products once you arrive, it is not always easy to get to a store and you are not going to be used to the brands you see available. Take enough products to last at least a month.

  • Panty liners
  • Feminine Essentials
  • Baby wipes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Lotions
  • Shaving creams
  • Toothbrush
  • Hair brush and comb
  • Hair spray or other hair products
  • Blow dryer
  • Electric razor or disposable razors


Remember clothing and shoe sizes are different in different countries. Bring enough clothes to last 6 months. If you are taller or larger than the “average” sized person, you may not be able to find what you need easily. Of course, this is made easier with online ordering, but it helps to be prepared.

the ultimate moving abroad list

Find out what the dress code is for your working environment. Words like “business casual” do not always mean the same thing as they do in your country. Men should always have a jacket and slacks that will fit in with most situations and women should always have a basic black or navy dress, pumps and a handbag.


Try to learn the basics before you go to a country where the language is different. Download an app on your phone for help. If you are unable to find one, download some pictures of places like the Hotel, hospital, drug store, and airport. Print the address in their language below the picture. But, learning the basics and having an app will help.

Lastly do not forget to check out our post on Best Travel Apps

Author Bio

This is a guest post by Wendy Dessler

Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.


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  • Reply
    Alok Singhal
    September 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I moved to Canada from the US few months back and did mostly what Wendy has mentioned. Couldn’t agree more…proper planning on each of them goes a long way to make a smooth move!

    • Reply
      September 24, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Congratulations on the move Alok:) I love Canada..such a fabulous country:) Thanks for reading the post 🙂

      • Reply
        Alok Singhal
        September 24, 2017 at 12:03 pm

        Wow, I never knew Canada could be such a loved destination for anybody (except Sikhs). Well, hope you get to be here then!

  • Reply
    October 11, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Great checklist.

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