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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- Whether you're flying away for work or school, you're going to need some pens, a notebook, etc.
- 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.
- Best to have a foldable one with you. You never know what the weather's going to be like.
- 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. ;)
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