Friday, January 23, 2015

Leaving the Country For Good/Indefinitely/A Long Time: WHAT TO PACK

Whether you're leaving for good, a year or two, or indefinitely, I'm sure you're thinking "How do I pack my life away?" Well that's what I was definitely thinking. Hold the drama for now. If you've accomplished all the things you need to do before leaving, you should now go through this checklist of what to pack!

Basic guideline is this thought here: I can only bring xx kg worth of luggage, I will be moving into an empty room/house and I will be on a tight budget once I get there.



1. CLOTHES
  • If you're from a tropical country, no need to get rid of all your shorts and tank tops. After all, countries with 4 seasons have summer too!
  • But DO get rid of everything that goes into the never-going-to-wear and maybe (?) pile. If you're thinking maybe, it's not worth the space so give it away or sell it but it won't be going with you. P.S.: If you're thinking Maybe I'll use it when I come home? You won't.
  • Prepare weather-appropriate clothes. We don't have winter in the Philippines. But there's winter in the place I'm going to. Perfect excuse to shop! Coats, jackets, sweaters? Yes, please!
  • Pack a couple of corporate/formal wear too, an occasion where you'll need them will surely come.
  • Don't forget lots of socks and underwear.
2. DOCUMENTS
  • Okay so this should have been #1 on the list. Just shows you my screwed up #blogger priorities. Haha.
  • Make sure you have all the important documents - original and plenty of back-up copies. You're going to need it.
3. TOILETRIES
  • You're going to want to bring enough supply to last you for a while. You wouldn't want to find yourself in the grocery saying, "---- dollars?! This only costs --- pesos at home?!@#%%" So go ahead bring 4 toothbrushes and whatever else you need.
4. TOWELS/PILLOW CASES
  • You're not going to be staying in a hotel. If you don't bring some, you won't have any. If you can include a blanket, even better! But don't bring a quilt/comforter, that will leave you no room for much else. Just buy one there, okay? Let's not go overboard.
5. SHOES/BAGS/ACCESSORIES
  • These things are heavy. You won't be able to bring your whole collection. Grieve and accept. Now only bring what you NEED. And if you have extra space, throw in as much as you can. Haha!
    This photo was taken 6 years ago. But I figured this can be my 'I have to leave some shoes behind, huhuhu' photo. Lol!
6. GADGETS
  • No, you can't bring your TV with you. Karaoke microphone? Depends if that's a top priority for you. Lol. P.S.: Make sure you have an adaptor. Remember to check voltage differences!
 7. SCHOOL SUPPLY
  • Whether you're flying away for work or school,  you're going to need some pens, a notebook, etc.
8. MICROWAVABLE TUPPERWARE AND WATER CONTAINERS
  • Okay, this might sound weird at first. Tip: Organize your small items like accessories or pens in microwavable tupperwares. These can serve dual purposes - in the kitchen and if you have some extra, you can use these as closet organizers. Remember, you're expecting an empty room or house.
9. UMBRELLA
  • Best to have a foldable one with you. You never know what the weather's going to be like. 
10. MEMORABILIA
  • Bring a little something with you that reminds you of home. :)
Let me know in the comments below if I missed something important, ok? Maybe I can still force it into my luggage! I always feel better when I have some sort of checklist to go through so I feel prepared or accomplished. Hope this was helpful to you as well. ;)

You might also like:  Leaving the Country: THINGS TO DO

38 comments:

  1. Good luck! I cannot imagine being able to move and only being able to take a few things. Good luck!
    www.daisyperson.blogspot.com

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  2. Packing... I hate it. I were doing lots of packing when I was at high school and then at the university. Now I have to pack every time I want to visit my parents or parents-in-low so it's approcimately twice a month. It' s worse.now because I have to pack not only me but also my dauthger... and what's more the weather in Poland is immensely changeable nowadays...

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  3. Great tips! Lists like these are so helpful because I always feel like I'm forgetting something! :)
    apieceofpositivity.com

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  5. Your'e so brave!!! Could never leave with just one luggage........have left my country with carloads full of stuff, ant that wasn't enough ;-))) (but just went to a place on border away)

    Rosa
    Styleyourselfinstyle.blogspot.com

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  6. Smart list! I notoriously over-pack for out of the country trips... which I ALWAYS regret!

    xoxo

    Kaley

    My Closet Life Blog

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  7. Great tips, very helpful. Happy new year darling ; )

    besos,
    M
    The Flower Duet

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  8. This is a useful post, I want to leave to travel the world when I'm eighteen so advice is always worth reading c:

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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  9. I had to pack my life 4 times so far and the fifth one is ahead - your tips are indeed very useful. Great note and pictures :)

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  10. Packing is SO hard!! I can't imagine how difficult it is to packing your whole life! Your tips are really helpful, dear :)
    xx

    http://www.stylebydeb.com

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  11. When I left Brunei for London, I wish someone would have told me to buy a hot water bottle, extra socks, and fluffy slippers! All the essentials to staying cosy at home as a poor student, haha!

    Angela | The Awkward Blog

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  12. Great tips - will be on a long vacay soon thanks for the tips!!!

    Best!
    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  13. These are all great tips, particularly taking along something that reminds you of home - I forgot that once or twice and sorely regretted it! :)

    aglassofice.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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  14. Wish you a great time. ^^
    New post is online, lovely greets nessa

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  15. The more I pack, the more I realize that less is more. These tips will definitely come in handy the next time I fly :)

    Mili

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  16. We try to fit anything possible in our suitcase even if it really isn't what we need to bring, this is actually so helpful :)

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  17. Thanks for all your tips!
    You look so cute in the picture :)

    Chelo
    flyinginvogue.com

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  18. This is actually so perfect because I'm going to London in 2 days and I'm starting to pack! I've been going crazy and looking up stuff on google on what to pack but this sums it up so well :)
    Thanks for this post--seriously <3

    Also, thanks for commenting on my blog, lovely! I love to hear your thoughts <3

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    Hope you're having a beautiful day! xx

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  19. Great post dear, nice tips!!

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  20. Picking the right shoes is hard! I remember when I was travelling it was difficult to tone it down.

    :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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  21. Great tips! I would have a hard time parting with my shoes though :))

    Bella Pummarola

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  22. What awesome advice!! I bookmarked this post!! :)

    Love,
    Wendy from http://collegecheese.com

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  23. You gave amazing tips here, dear and you're so right with packing the shoes :)

    http://crafty-zone.blogspot.com/

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  24. I moved a few years ago from New York to Germany to study here and it was so hard to pack. I'm sure this post will help many people. Great tips
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  25. So organised dear! Great tips! P.S. you haven't changed a lot!
    Kira
    kiraiswearing.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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  26. Good luck with moving!

    www.morestylethanfashion.com

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  27. Thanks for your tips :)
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  28. great tips! haha shoes are definitely heavy, it will be so hard to choose only a few!

    Metallic Paws

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  29. this is perf, especially for like study abroad

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    xx
    Tyana
    theluxedition.blogspot.com

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  30. These are great tips, it was horrible packing only one case when I moved to France!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  31. Great list! It can be hard moving abroad for sure! I felt the same way when I moved to Indonesia!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  32. Oh my! Now I'm wondering if you are already at your final destination. Are you coming to the U.S? Great tips by the way! I moved around as a kid so much, but my mom did all the packing. This helps set reminders in my brain if I ever travel to a distant place.

    xx,
    Tania
    http://inspiremyfancy.blogspot.com/

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  33. Great tips
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    I'll follow back after it

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  34. This is a lovely post! great tips! I can relate to grieving when leaving your shoe closet behind =P

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