You have at least a 30-kg baggage allowance, and although all your friends and family would like you to take something that will remind you of your life in your home country, you need to be practical and not take everything with you. The key thing to remember is you may be emigrating, but this doesn’t mean you’ll never come back. Plus, with technology as your best friend, there’s no reason why you can’t constantly be in touch with your friends and family. Here are the top 5 things to bring overseas if you’re emigrating.
Top 1 thing to bring overseas if you’re emigrating: Identity documents plus evidence of qualifications, certificates and training
Aside from your passport which you will need at the airport, make sure you have original copies of all your other identity documents, and evidence of qualifications, certificates and transcripts, as well as transcripts. Scan all of them and keep them on your laptop. Save these documents as PDF files, not as JPEGs as the former is easier to open from any computer.
Top 2 thing to bring overseas if you’re emigrating: Suitable clothes and shoes for every season
The quantity of clothing isn’t all that’s relevant due to the changing seasons. Make sure that you have the appropriate kinds of clothes that will help you survive the cold winters and hot summers. I packed some clothes, but they weren’t the right ones. Even when I wore layers of clothes in winter, I still felt cold to the bone. If I had invested in a good coat and thermals before moving to Australia, I would not have suffered as much. It’s the same for shoes and accessories. I don’t care much for fashion, but feeling comfortable in every season is something I value.
Top 3 thing to bring overseas if you’re emigrating: Mobile phone and laptop
If you have a spare phone, take it with you so can use it for your Aussie SIM and you can still maintain your Filipino line for a month or so. Eventually, you’ll give up your Filipino SIM and just use Skype or Facetime to contact your family. If you have a laptop, bring it with you because many things are done online in Australia, for example, applying for some jobs, keeping in touch with employers, applying for police checks, paying for toll fees, transferring money, paying bills, etc. Just a gentle reminder: Don’t forget the power cable and charger of these gadgets.
Top 4 thing to bring overseas if you’re emigrating: Something that will help you get over homesickness
You can go through a challenging first few months. Some people get homesick as soon as their plane lands, others enjoy the newness of the experience before getting lonely, while others just manage to plod on without extremely missing anything from their homeland. To play it safe, bring something that might help you combat homesickness. You can bring some photos, some Filipino music saved on your laptop or phone, some teddies and if you fancy cooking, some Filipino mixes so you can cook sinigang, palabok and caldereta.
Top 5 thing to bring overseas if you’re emigraing: Credit card and some cash
Make sure to bring a credit card that has a VISA or Mastercard logo on it, just in case you run out of cash and you haven’t received your Australian debit or credit card. Please note: Bring only some cash. There is a maximum limit of AUD$10,000 that you can bring into Australia. Otherwise, you’ll have to declare it. Moreover, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s not safe to carry that much money in your traveling bags.
When I moved to Australia, I unfortunately brought more than these top 5 things — I had a pillow, bedsheets and pillowcases, a saucepan and skillet, cutlery, two plates, a glass, heaps of cosmetics and toiletries, books, etc. Don’t make the same mistake. Pack wisely and enjoy the adventure!