So you are finally ending the distance, congratulations!  You’re getting ready to move to be with your beau.  But it is easier said than done.  Moving is a huge pain even within the same city, let alone across the country or to another country.  So here’s a few things to remember when you’re organizing your move:

Get your documents together. Do you need a visa?  A passport? Vaccinations? Are you bringing pets that need to be vaccinated or quarantined upon arrival?  Check these things out and get them taken care of as soon as possible, and before your buy your plane ticket.  Some countries may need you to have a valid passport for at least six months!

Plan a budget. Moving is expensive, so make a list of what you need to spend money on such as movers, plane tickets, gas, truck rentals, cleaning products, and so on.  Check your lease, you may have agreed to hire a professional carpet cleaner upon moving out.  It is stressful, but planning a budget means there shouldn’t be any surprises.  And you might want to put aside some “just in case” money in the event that unpleasant surprises do arise.

Start packing up early. Do not leave packing to the last minute.  Unless you are a minimalist, you have way more stuff than you think you do.  It is easy to underestimate just how much stuff you have when it is all packed away in its place.  And then once you start packing, it seems endless.  Save yourself the headache and start sorting what you want to keep, what you are donating and what needs to be thrown out.

Start sending packages.  If you are flying, you might have a lot of trouble fitting everything you want to bring in two suitcases.  Luckily, you have someone to send packages to!  It would be too expensive to ship everything you own, but you can at least save your favourite books and collectibles.  You can also ask friends or family if you could leave some things with them to send to you once you’re moved and settled.

Spend time with loved ones. The most important thing about getting packed and ready early is you’ll have more quality time to spend with friends and family before you go.  You’re closing the distance in your romantic relationship, but creating new distance relationships with friends and family.  Make some good memories with loved ones, it is the end of an era and the beginning of a new one!