5 Things to Do Before Moving Your Family Abroad
Moving your family internationally can be a nerve-racking but exciting undertaking. There are many things to consider and weigh, but keeping these few things in mind can make your move more rewarding than stressful.
Gather, Back Up, and Organize Documents
Safeguard Your Health
Many countries require proof of recent immunization before allowing travel. It is important not to put this off until last minute, because you don’t want any possible side effects to delay your trip. Also, purchase foreign health insurance and find a covered physician before moving so there is no gap in health coverage.
Choose a School
Depending on their ages, moving overseas can
Pack and Purge
Packing for moving your family overseas is quite different than moving across the country. First step is purge unneeded things, and be ruthless in the process. Books, excess furniture, and clothing can be donated. For personal items like photographs and mementos, scan them into digital albums so they can be with you without adding excess weight to your shipment. Whether you’re shipping by air or by sea, it is a smart idea to hire movers to help you pack and load what you are taking. They know how to ensure all your items arrive in good condition and on time, so this is not an area to skimp or do it yourself.
Brace for Culture Shock
Finally, begin to embrace your destination’s culture before you leave. For the months up until departure, take a night or two a week to explore the language, food, and customs with your family. Remember that no matter how distant your departure date may be, there is always something you can do now to help your family prepare legally, physically, or emotionally for the transition.