Moving to a different country is an exciting and daunting experience. You may be busy selling your house or finding out what to bring when traveling across California. As the time approaches, it’s understandable if a person’s anxiety levels begin to rise. In this article, we’ll outline some of the best ways to prepare so that you can reduce your stress before you go.

Do Some Online Research

The internet is a great place to start your research on moving to another country. There are travel blogs and websites that focus specifically on this topic, and they can provide a wealth of information for you. They will tell you about the process of moving, what to expect when you get there, and how to make the transition as smooth as possible.

As time goes by your online searches will probably become more and more specific. If someone is moving to Canada they may want to read top tips for relocating there, things you need to know beforehand and how to take your pets. People can also learn about moving their possessions, access quick price tools for shipping items and research Canadian Customs requirements.

Get Packing

It’s important to declutter your home before you start, getting rid of any unwanted or unused items. This will help reduce the amount of packing you need to do, making it easier and cheaper to move.

Make sure you pack everything you’ll need in the first few days in your new home, including prescription medication, clothes, toiletries and documents. Pack heavier items on the bottom of your container and lighter ones on top. Label each box clearly with what’s inside so that it’s easy to find what you’re looking for when you arrive.

Prepare To Move Your Belongings

There are a lot of shipping companies that you can choose from, and it’s important to look for one that has good reviews and whose prices fit your budget. You’ll need to be confident your possessions will arrive at the new destination intact and on time.

It’s important to know the size of your shipping container so you can figure out what you can bring. The larger and heavier your belongings, the more they will cost you. Research the prices of things where you’re moving to, because it may be cheaper to buy new items rather than shipping yours.

Think About Your Pets

It may be that you’re going abroad for a set period of time. If you’re unable to take your pets with you, you’ll need to find someone to care for them while you’re gone. This may mean putting them in a kennel or finding a pet sitter. Another option is to have them stay with family or friends who live in the same area as you.

Perhaps you’re moving permanently abroad, and are wanting to bring your pet/s with you. One thing to consider is the issue of quarantine. Some countries require pets to be held for a certain amount of time after they arrive. This can add extra stress and expense to the move, so be sure to factor this into your plans.

Get Your Documents Ready

You can’t go anywhere without one, so you need to apply for one as soon as possible to avoid delaying your move. The passport process takes weeks or even months so it’s wise to submit your application at least two months before your planned travel date. Even though some countries allow dual citizenship (which means that citizens can have both passports simultaneously), don’t take this privilege for granted. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you’re moving to in case there are any restrictions.

The visa process also takes time so again start early, just in case something unexpected pops up. Applying for a visa usually requires documents like passport photos, passport copies, travel itineraries and proof of funds.

Research The Healthcare System

This can be a big expense, and a stressful one if you don’t check the healthcare provision for the country you’re moving to. Research in advance the rules for getting healthcare, how much it will cost etc. Find out what healthcare expenses are covered by your insurance.

Make sure you get all necessary medical treatments/procedures included in your health plan coverage – don’t rely on the public healthcare system. If there are any gaps, take private insurance or ask your employer to reimburse you (If you’re moving for your job, many companies offer their employees reimbursements up to a certain limit per year. This will depend on the country and the total number of employees in the company).

Learn About The Language And Culture

You need to understand what people are saying, so learning at least the basics before moving is recommended (especially for use in emergencies). The language barrier can be overcome relatively easily with time and exposure if you put in some effort into it.

It will be difficult to avoid offending people if you don’t know about their customs and traditions. Do some research on the country’s history, cultural norms, and etiquette before making the move. This way, you’ll have a better understanding of how to behave appropriately in your new surroundings and won’t come across as ignorant or disrespectful.

Look For Ex-pat Communities

The internet is a great resource for finding out about the area you’ll be living in before moving there. Look for websites and forums specifically aimed at ex-pats as they will contain detailed information on everything from schools to where the best places are to buy food. If you’re feeling uncertain and don’t know where to begin, an ex-pat community could be a great place to find folks who can help show you around. They can advise you about the different locations, safety aspects, crime rates and more.

Hopefully, you now feel more empowered to take control of this move so that it becomes more of an adventure than a worry. If you put in some time and effort beforehand you’ll be well-prepared for the exciting new chapter that is ahead of you.