Moving abroad seems easy in the movies. Just get out your suitcase, toss your favourite outfits in, book a flight, then your off! However, over this past month, the tasks associated with moving abroad are proving to be tiring. Luckily, I started early and am not leaving everything to last-minute, but it is still busy! Here are the key things I had to do this past month for my moving abroad prep:
Get a Visa
This is the most important part for living abroad…being allowed to live and work in a different country.
Besides making sure my passport was still valid, this was number one.
Giving Up My Place
This included giving one months notice to my landlord, trying to find a storage unit, and then moving everything into a storage unit. As well as countless trips to the thrift stores and my friends’ houses.
Cancelling All Bills
I had to give notice to my utility company, cable, phone, insurance, etc. in order to have things cut off in time and not accrue additional charges.
Doctor and Dentist Appointments
It doesn’t hurt to get a check-up and a teeth cleaning before you go. Stock up any prescriptions ad vaccinations if needed.
Getting Ready for the “What-Ifs”
This included bulking up my savings account and getting travel insurance. In case something goes wrong, I don’t want to have to worry about going broke or paying extreme prices for medical treatment. In British Columbia, we have to pay a monthly medical premium, so I also had to account for a monthly cost for medical even though I won’t be living here. If something does happen abroad and I don’t have BC medical, even with travel insurance, I would end up paying a lot. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Giving Adequate Notice to My Employer
I wanted to give enough notice to my employer in hopes we could get someone in and trained before I left. I was able to give 5.5 weeks notice, which still has flown by.
Find Someone to Take Care of My Pet
This was and is the hardest thing for me to do. It pains me to be leaving my pet, but I do feel better known that someone I trust is taking care of him. (Thanks Ben!)
Sort Through My Belongings
Have you ever tried to pack your life into two suitcases? It’s hard. I am trying to pack electronics (computer, cameras), clothes for spring/summer/fall, and shoes. I figure I can buy winter clothes there, but even still, my bags are getting pretty full.
Have you moved abroad? Do you have any tips for packing or the pre-move tasks?