No, I’m not talking about fashion. It’s time to think about packing again.
I know you don’t want to. I know those hockey bags have probably been mean muggin’ you for weeks. But you can only tell them to eff off for so much longer before you will eventually have to dig them out and start filling them up.
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It’s easier to pack less when you know what you’re in for so if this is your first trip across the pond, you can find more detailed packing tips here and you are welcome to email me with more specific questions. I will write more about airline restrictions (tips and tricks), traveling with small children, and getting settled in the coming weeks.
Here are my essentials:
Crest 3D Advanced White toothpaste, children’s toothpaste, Proactive’s 3-step facial cleansing system, and deodorant.
I told you, less is more.
If you’re like me, you will want to make your new home feel like home. Wait. Give it a month and make sure this is where you will be for the season. I hate to rain on your parade but things don’t always work out. It’s bad enough when you get das boot. Trust me when I tell you that you don’t want an apartment full of crap to deal with too.
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Note: If you are traveling with a pet (especially to Germany), you might find these tips helpful, even if just as a starting point.
There are, of course, a few things that are more important than toothpaste or the 903,475,234 other things you might want to pack though. So I thought I would share some of the things that I wish someone would have told me before I left for Italy in 2009:
Keep an open mind and embrace both the culture and the experience. You might not love it. You might not like it. But give it a chance.
Learn the language; or at least enough to get by. A good goal is to be able to greet people, ask for directions, and order at a restaurant. People will be a lot more receptive to you. If you’re moving for hockey, put yourself out there and befriend a few of the European hockey wives or girlfriends. You will be amazed by how much you will learn from them.
Educate yourself on the country’s history. Grab a book or stop by Wikipedia. Every country has a story and that story matters.
Be mindful of current events; and know that emotions and tensions are still running high. Not everyone is as fond of us as we are of ourselves, and sometimes you have to first show people that they can’t judge a book by its cover before the judging actually begins.
Overall though, just be prepared for a new adventure.
Because life is about to get exciting.