New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - What to pack, when leaving to work abroad?
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

What to pack, when leaving to work abroad?

 Post Reply Post Reply
Author
Rezmeralda View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie
Avatar

Joined: 04 March 2014
Status: Offline
Points: 1
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rezmeralda Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: What to pack, when leaving to work abroad?
    Posted: 04 March 2014 at 16:54
I think it depends how long you are going, and the conditions of your accommodation when you are there.  

For example: if you are going for 6 months, then you will need clothes that will be appropriate for the seasons you will be experience (warm + cool clothes)
 whereas if you are going for a month, then you can plan to bring mostly summer clothes if you are going to be arriving in summer.

One thing that you didn't mention was pillows and plastic bags.  
You might want your pillow if you are going away for a long time, and the accommodation won't be very homely.  Bringing your own pillow from home might make you a lot more comfortable.  Also, to make your accommodation more homely, bring pictures from home of your friends, parents, cat, boyfriend/girlfriend etc

Most people have loads of plastic bags from supermarkets and shops stashed away in a cupboard at home.  Bringing along a handful of them to use as a bin liner/dirty washing bag etc will be very useful for a few reasons:

- Some countries charge for plastic bags in supermarkets (eg Tesco in Ireland - 20 cents!) So you can go to the shop with your own free ones
- If you have to travel within your contract abroad, you may want to wrap up shampoo etc in a plastic bag so it doesn't spill  

If you are staying in a nice hotel or a cruise ship then perhaps bringing your pillow and plastic bags won't be necessary as decent enough facilities will be provided for you. (hopefully!!)  "Decent facilities" will also mean that you don't need to bring calculator, hole punch, stapler (you can walk into a nearby hotel reception to borrow theirs if needs be!)  A tin opener should be provided in your Kitchen facilities, if not then buy one from the local shop.  A door stop will definitely be provided/not needed/ in a local shop to buy.  Hand sanitiser can be bought there.  It's just an unnecessary extra to weigh down your precious luggage space!  Paracetamol is very important to bring as it's much cheaper in the UK.  You can buy Paracetemol from Sainsbury's for under 40p, whereas in Greece, it can cost 3 euros for a similar amount!

You mentioned plug adapters which is extremely important.  I've known people use three different plug adapter techniques!

1.  They buy 1 plug adapter plus an extension lead.  This means that they can have all their devices (chargers, straighteners, hairdryer etc) plugged into their home country extension lead which is then plugged into the foreign wall with the plug adapter, without the need for multiple adapters for each device.

2. They buy an adapter for each device that they own (one for their straighteners, one for their hairdryer etc) plus one other just in case.  These adapters can end up costing a bit of money but is good if you happen to lose one, or your room mate accidentally packs yours into her bag when she leaves mid-season!!!

3. They bring one or two only.  This means lots of plugging and unplugging which is fine but a bit of a hassle.

If you are going away for a long time then most toiletries can be bought when you get there.  The only thing I would recommend is bringing all your own makeup as well as tea from home if you like a particular brand eg Yorkshire Tea.  Most countries have good coffee in the supermarkets but Yorkshire Tea is often missed off the shelves!

If you are going for a long time then don't be afraid to pay extra for luggage as you will have to put up with anything that you left at home and it's those home comforts you miss the most.  So don't be stingy if you can.  Plus,  you will probably end up buying things and wanting to bring them home so try and leave a little room in your suitcase for those inevitable extras 

Hope this adds to your list Smile
Back to Top
bobmarley88 View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie
Avatar

Joined: 04 April 2011
Location: Nottingham
Status: Offline
Points: 15
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote bobmarley88 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 June 2013 at 08:39
Thanks so much, amazing list. Don't know why everyone is saying you're packing too much think that's pretty rude as they don't know exactly where you went. The more comprehensive the list the better IMO as everyone else can then pick and choose what they personally need. Again thanks for sharing! 
Back to Top
polla View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: 15 January 2012
Status: Offline
Points: 1
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote polla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 January 2012 at 15:48

I seem you are packing everything. You will not able to take all the stuff in your traveling bag. I think you should create a priority list and remove unnecessary items from the list. Your pass port, job contract papers, bank cards, medical notes, medications, makeup set, diary and other important books are vital.

Back to Top
Cun-ney View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie
Avatar

Joined: 23 September 2011
Location: Wigan
Status: Offline
Points: 30
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cun-ney Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 September 2011 at 10:07
Just for my own amusement why would you need a door stop to work abroad?
 
And don't respond with 'to keep doors open' haha
Back to Top
dscholz View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie
Avatar

Joined: 07 March 2011
Status: Offline
Points: 7
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dscholz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2011 at 22:47
There's a lot of excess stuff on your list that you might want to reconsider bringing - like coat hangers and batteries. You're not going to jail - you'll be able to pick up all of the stuff over there with less hassle than trying to lug it all over. I would just bring the necessities.

Back to Top
wragh View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie
Avatar

Joined: 24 January 2011
Location: UK
Status: Offline
Points: 6
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote wragh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2011 at 18:29
Yes that's a good list.  After passport, money and a toothbrush, everthing else is secondary really!  You should take a look and see if you can buy the majority of things you can't take when you get to your destination.  Often it's cheaper than buying them at home.
Back to Top
Wheatley View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie
Avatar

Joined: 14 December 2010
Location: Derby
Status: Offline
Points: 5
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wheatley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 December 2010 at 14:35
Thanks for this!
Allthough I don't think I will need alot of this, It sure helps alot for other products/identification/other I need.
Back to Top
Evelyn Z View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: 05 November 2010
Status: Offline
Points: 1
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Evelyn Z Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 November 2010 at 01:43
Originally posted by Dani19 Dani19 wrote:

Ok so it has come to my attention that there is a lack of help on the net, when it comes to packing lists. Trying to remember the things you might forget is really hard, however I have started my own list. If anyone can think of things to add it would be really apprechiated and im sure others will use this link too.
Many Thanks x
 
Heres my list, for working abroad in a hot country:
 

IMPORTANT INFOMATION -MUST HAVES

  • Passport and a few photo copies
  • 6 x Passport Photos for ID Cards
  • Flight Tickets
  • EHIC CARD
  • Bank Details and cash card
  • Insurance Info
  • Medication Info
  • Some Money in the correct currency
  • Working contract copy
  • Paper work from training

Items to remember

  • Alarm Clock
  • Unlocked mobile for simcards abroad
  • Torch
  • Prase Book
  • Adaptor Plugs
  • Ipod
  • First Aid Kit
  • Watch
  • Stationary , pad for notes!
  • Calculator, stapler,holepunch
  • Travel Iron
  • Hair Dryer / straightners
  • Coat Hangers
  • Batteries
  • Camara
  • Bottle and tin opener
  • Money Belt for excursion money
  • Laptop/films,music
  • Books
  • Headphones
  • Flight pillow
  • Mobile Phone and Charger
  • Beach bag/work bag
  • Door stop
  • Dirty wash bag
  • Tweezers

Address Book

  • UK Important Telephone numbers
  • Emergency Contact Numbers

Products

  • Travel wash - blouses undies ect
  • Trainer/shoe deodorizer
  • Suncream
  • Hair Products
  • Condoms and contraception
  • Tampons and alike
  • Makeup
  • Mosquito Repellent /after sting as well cream
  • Shower Gel/Body wash
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Razors/Hair Removal
  • Face Creams, washes
  • Moisturisers
  • Medication- paracetamol,antiboitics, allergy tablets,st adrews(upset stomach-hang over cure) , vitamins
  • After Sun, Camoline Lotion
  • Shoe Polish
  • Tooth Brush and paste
  • Hair Brush / boobles ,bands and pins
  • lip seal spf
  • foot grater-hard skin remover
  • hand sanatizer
  • tweezers
  • sponge/wash rag

Uniform Items -Depending on where your working or going it will be different.. but a brief

  • Blouses/shirts
  • Polo shirts
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Skorts
  • Trousers
  • scarfs
  • Fleeces
  • Court shoes x2
  •  Plimsoles x2
  • Some simple stud earrings

Other clothing Items

  • Some warmer clothing for end of season
  • Flip Flops/sandals
  • Sun Glass's
  • Perscription glass's
  • Contacts and Solutions
  • Leggins /shorts
  • Tops day and evening
  • White Bras for white blouses
  • Other bras for evenings
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Swim wear???
  • Evening cardigans /Jumpers
  • Maybe some flesh tight like ankle socks too
  • pajamas
  • 1 pair of heels

Food Items

  • Tea Bags
  • Coffee
  • Home favourites
 
 







Thanks you for the post.
Hi guys, Im a newbie. Nice to join this forum.






__________________
watch free movies online
Back to Top
herecomesthesun View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member


Joined: 29 March 2010
Status: Offline
Points: 161
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote herecomesthesun Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2010 at 18:08
Caoathangers, calulator, stapler, holepunch, bottle opener & tin opener, door stop?? so Not needed, u can find them everywhere. Coffee - buy locally, I can understand the tea!!  Minimise the beauty products and shower gels bring enough to get by for the first few days  Books limit it 2 1 or 2 which u wouldn't mind exchanging.
 
Keep the bag under 20kgs otherwise it'll cost a fortune when u check in!! Clothes - have enough for 2 weeks and then wash. If your on the road and don't know when yr next wash stop is u can always take underwear into the shower with u and wash when you wash you!! easy!!!
 
Anything on prescription - keep a copy of the prescription in your paperwork!! Someone can always translate from English to a local language, not necesarily the other way around.
 
Shoe polish - if u need it overseas, u can get it. Then share.
 
Swim wear for sure.
 
Loose the court shoes (unless its for work) possibly the heels as well. Exhcange for nice smart flats if u need to go out at all
 
i'm sure this will be added tofro someone else
Back to Top
Dani19 View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie
Avatar

Joined: 28 April 2010
Location: Brighton
Status: Offline
Points: 23
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dani19 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2010 at 17:52
Ok so it has come to my attention that there is a lack of help on the net, when it comes to packing lists. Trying to remember the things you might forget is really hard, however I have started my own list. If anyone can think of things to add it would be really apprechiated and im sure others will use this link too.
Many Thanks x
 
Heres my list, for working abroad in a hot country:
 

IMPORTANT INFOMATION -MUST HAVES

  • Passport and a few photo copies
  • 6 x Passport Photos for ID Cards
  • Flight Tickets
  • EHIC CARD
  • Bank Details and cash card
  • Insurance Info
  • Medication Info
  • Some Money in the correct currency
  • Working contract copy
  • Paper work from training

Items to remember

  • Alarm Clock
  • Unlocked mobile for simcards abroad
  • Torch
  • Prase Book
  • Adaptor Plugs
  • Ipod
  • First Aid Kit
  • Watch
  • Stationary , pad for notes!
  • Calculator, stapler,holepunch
  • Travel Iron
  • Hair Dryer / straightners
  • Coat Hangers
  • Batteries
  • Camara
  • Bottle and tin opener
  • Money Belt for excursion money
  • Laptop/films,music
  • Books
  • Headphones
  • Flight pillow
  • Mobile Phone and Charger
  • Beach bag/work bag
  • Door stop
  • Dirty wash bag
  • Tweezers

Address Book

  • UK Important Telephone numbers
  • Emergency Contact Numbers

Products

  • Travel wash - blouses undies ect
  • Trainer/shoe deodorizer
  • Suncream
  • Hair Products
  • Condoms and contraception
  • Tampons and alike
  • Makeup
  • Mosquito Repellent /after sting as well cream
  • Shower Gel/Body wash
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Razors/Hair Removal
  • Face Creams, washes
  • Moisturisers
  • Medication- paracetamol,antiboitics, allergy tablets,st adrews(upset stomach-hang over cure) , vitamins
  • After Sun, Camoline Lotion
  • Shoe Polish
  • Tooth Brush and paste
  • Hair Brush / boobles ,bands and pins
  • lip seal spf
  • foot grater-hard skin remover
  • hand sanatizer
  • tweezers
  • sponge/wash rag

Uniform Items -Depending on where your working or going it will be different.. but a brief

  • Blouses/shirts
  • Polo shirts
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Skorts
  • Trousers
  • scarfs
  • Fleeces
  • Court shoes x2
  •  Plimsoles x2
  • Some simple stud earrings

Other clothing Items

  • Some warmer clothing for end of season
  • Flip Flops/sandals
  • Sun Glass's
  • Perscription glass's
  • Contacts and Solutions
  • Leggins /shorts
  • Tops day and evening
  • White Bras for white blouses
  • Other bras for evenings
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Swim wear???
  • Evening cardigans /Jumpers
  • Maybe some flesh tight like ankle socks too
  • pajamas
  • 1 pair of heels

Food Items

  • Tea Bags
  • Coffee
  • Home favourites
 
 
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 10.11
Copyright ©2001-2012 Web Wiz Ltd.