If you’ve been a visitor to The Lavender Hytta before than you know that nearly three years ago Mr. Viking and I took a leap of faith and moved abroad to Northern Norway. Of course, this isn’t the first time Mr. Viking and I have lived in Norway. We moved to Norway about a month after we got married in 2009.
We always knew the first move was temporary however our move nearly three years ago was different. We knew it was going to be more permanent. We have no intentions of currently returning to the states other than to visit. We seem to move a lot, but I think we finally are aiming to settle down and call one place home.
Moving abroad and living overseas (no matter the duration of the stay) is one of the most rewarding experiences one can have, especially young children. Living and working abroad gives you a unique experience to explore and understand a new culture, new people, and a new language. It can be a very positive and eye-opening experience. There is a lot of planning and effort that goes into a move across the country let alone to another country.
Here are my Top Tips for Moving Abroad:
So our move wasn’t planned (we decided the end of February and had out stuff shipped by the end of March). If I could go back (there is always one thing we wish we could change, isn’t there?) I would make sure we had a minimum of 3 months of expenses saved up. It would just make life a tiny bit easier. If you are paying for your move entirely out of your pocket, this will help your savings will help you if you encounter any unplanned expenses.
Purge Before Packing
We moved from a 3800 square foot house to live with my in-laws. We had inherited two households worth of stuff plus accumulated our own set of things. It was necessary to Purge. We did a quick decluttering of each room. Then while packing we asked ourselves do we use it, does it work, can I live without it? We purged so much stuff we hired a company to come in and do an estate sale. Moving overseas is a new beginning to make that new start more simple and a lot more intentional.
Label and Organize
When you start packing go slowly moving room to room. I started in the attic then moved to the garage and the spare closets. I kept a notebook and listed everything that was put in the box. I know this is a little more time consuming but you will thank yourself later. Label each box with a number. Once you arrive at your final destination, you will know what boxes to open right away and which can wait. You will also have a detailed list of everything in case anything happens while your goods are in transient.
Pack the Stuff You Need in Your Suitcases
The moving company picked up out belonging that were headed to Norway about three weeks before we moved out of the house. It took our shipment about 12 weeks to arrive. With all that in mind, I highly suggest that you pack all the items you might need for the next few months in your suitcases such as clothes, medicine, etc. Pay attention to the climate of where you are going so that you pack appropriate clothes.
Make a list
I am a huge list maker. I make lists of everything. There are a lot of things you have to do when you move abroad, and it is much easier to keep up with what you have to do before you get on the plane. I keep my list the same notebook that I used when I packed up our boxes, and I also kept any other necessary information we needed for the move.
Moving anywhere is stressful, moving overseas adds even more stress. Using the above five tips will help you keep the tension to a bearable minimum and help you have a successful trip.
If you have moved overseas what are your top tips?