A Single Girl's Guide to Moving to a New Country

Updated 10/23/17

In my 20s, I moved to a new country twice. I know firsthand how utterly terrifying it can be but also how incredibly exhilarating, enriching, and rewarding it can be too. The first time I moved away from my home in Montréal, Canada, I was going to study abroad in Australia at the ripe age of 22. I was moving across the world to a place I had never been with only two suitcases in tow. While it was emotional and daunting at times, it was also the most incredible life experience—so much so that I ended up living there for three years!

This time, I’m moving to New York (which presents its own set of challenges), and I find myself more settled and mature. Instead of two suitcases, I’m bringing with me a moving truck full of belongings. To help me plan out my move, I created a pretty detailed checklist to keep me organized. Whether you’re temporarily relocating or permanently uprooting, keep scrolling for the ultimate guide to moving overseas.

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Spark Joy by Marie Kondo $19 $11
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Pratt Retail Specialties Electronics Cushion $20
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Schoolhouse Electric Hammer Screwdriver Combination Tool $22
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Bric’s Bellagio 21” Spinner Trunk $550
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Fat Max Tape Measure $25
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Karl Zahn Contour Key Ring $16
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