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5 Important Things To Bring Abroad

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography
 

 

 

 

 

A few days after I arrived in T’bilisi, Georgia, I became homesick already. For someone who has never traveled out of the country, it is a surreal experience. It has made me wonder if perhaps traveling to England or France would have been easier.  At least I know that I am thankful to have brought with me some things to make this experience more comforting. Here are some things that you should bring with you if you are going abroad anytime soon:

1. Travel Adapter

You can buy these at Target, Best Buy, or any other home goods store. No matter where you get it, just get one. You need this for all of your electronics. The plugs are very different abroad and if you don’t have the adapter, you will have to trek out and buy one, which could cost you extra.

Travel Power Adapter Plug In

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2. Something Personal From Home

Bring your favorite blanket, pillow, or indulgence. Once you are abroad, you will be craving the familiar and anything resembling normal. For me, it’s a pillow my mom bought for me before I left and Dove chocolate.

Fun Square Throw Heart Pillow

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3. First Aid Kit

This should contain anything from gauze and bandages to Tums and what you would normally take for headaches. Your body is going to take awhile to adjust to the new times, new foods, and new routines. You will want to be prepared.

First Aid Kit

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4. Snacks

This will pretty much be a backup and act as comfort food should regular meals not be easily accessible (or if you just get the midnight munchies).

Snack Box

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5. Clean Clothes

Pack extra of everything (especially underwear)! This will make you feel clean even if you aren’t. Unless you are staying with family, you never know how often you will be able to do laundry.

Pile of Clean Clothes

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It helped reading travel articles before I started packing to keep in mind everything I needed to get before the official packing process began. Don’t forget to include practical things too, such as sunscreen or some kind of face lotion, toothbrush, and extra toothpaste, Chapstick, and a book. Internet may not be steadily available wherever you are so having a book will come in handy.

Any extra tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!

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Moving Tips

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My husband and I just got done moving into a new condo and there are many things I wish I would have thought of, and many things I am so glad that we did to make the move easier. I wanted to make a list of do’s and don’ts so that when you make your move into a new apartment or dorm, it will be easier!

1. DO – Hire Movers / Rent A U-Haul

The first time we moved, we had movers pack and unpack everything. It was the easiest move I have ever experienced. If you have the money to do so, I highly recommend to hire movers, it will save you time, energy, and many headaches. This last time we moved, we couldn’t afford movers so we decided to rent a U-Haul, which I also recommend doing if you can’t afford the movers. We only had to make two trips with our small truck!

Hired Professional Movers

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2. DON’T – Wait To Pack

Do not wait to pack things up until you get furniture out. My husband and I thought it would be way easier to pack a lot of our stuff once we already started moving. Do NOT do this. It was so stressful, and we felt rushed as we were packing. We didn’t know what boxes we put what in, so we became even more stressed. Packing is awful, and it’s easy to procrastinate, but trust me, get it done with before the moving process begins! And don’t forget to mark on each box what’s in it!

Moving Boxes

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3. DO – Ask For Help

Do not be nervous to ask your friends to help you. Obviously, it’s not going to be the greatest favor they ever do for you, but being someone’s friend isn’t always glamorous. We had some really great friends help us move, and so we bought them lunch and beer and it turned out being a great day!

Moving Day Friend Family Help

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The biggest advice I can give you for moving, is to be prepared. We were completely prepared the first time around, which made things so much easier, and almost stress-free. We are still dealing with stress from our last move, because we put off a lot of things that needed to get done.

Learn from our mistakes, and don’t procrastinate!

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Moving Tips

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s the start of a new year, which means the start of a lot of new things in your life. You could be graduating college soon, starting a new job, joining the Peace Corp., or pursuing graduate school. Whatever it is, it will probably eventually involve having to move. Depending on what you’re moving for, it might be quite a milestone, but don’t let all the excitement make you overlook taking care of anything at your current place. I’ve moved more times than I can count, and each time I learn something new about the process – here are a few tips; some old, some new.

1. Checklist

Live with roommates? If so, it helps to make a checklist of your items in each room about a week before the move. Go through each corner of every room and write down what’s yours. When it comes time to pack, you can go through the list and rest assured you didn’t leave anything behind.

Written Packing List of Things

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2. Keys

Instead of just leaving your house/mail key with a roommate, check with your landlord to see who you should leave extras with. You never know what will cost extra money.

Set of keys

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3. Verification

This is just a precaution to be on the safe side, have your landlord sign a form saying you are officially off any lease you signed when you first moved in.

Signature for Release from Lease

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4. Mail

Most people don’t submit a change of address until a day or two before they move, but I recommend doing it as much as four or five days before, if possible, as it takes some companies awhile to catch up. This also ensures nothing slips by from major accounts.

Pile of Mail, Letters, and Packages

Photo © Warm 'n Fuzzy

5. Document

Do a cleaning walk-through with your landlord before you move out to make sure you’ve done an acceptable job. Be sure to take photos as proof of how you left the place. This includes fixtures, door trimmings, window blinds, etc.

Clean Empty Apartment

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My two biggest pieces of advice? Start early and take this time to go through your things and purge items you no longer use. No one likes moving a lot of stuff, so the more you find that you don’t use anymore, the better it is to donate. Also, depending on where you live, different rental companies have different move-out requirements, so double check those!

Happy moving!

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