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What to Pack When Preparing for Temporary Housing

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"Are bath towels included? Do I bring my own sheets? Am I going to have to buy clothes hangers?" Does this sound familiar? When packing for temporary accommodations, you want to make sure you will have the essentials at the moment you arrive. Amidst all the other preparations for an international move, the Dwellworks Corporate Housing team has a simple list to use when it comes time to pack. 

Absolute Essentials

Prior to your departure, talk with your doctor about coordinating prescriptions for any pills you may take. Some doctors may be able to provide an advance supply of medication to buy you time in your new destination. This way, you will have a few extra weeks to work out a new pharmacy system.

Similarly, if you wear contact lenses, order and pack enough pairs for your long- or short-term stay. 

Image of prescriptions to order in advance of a work trip

Research the electrical outlet type in your new location and if necessary, order a few adapters prior to your departure. Do not forget to bring all the proper charging cords for your electronics.

These items will already be in your apartment:

  • Bed linens
  • Towels
  • Pillows
  • Furniture
  • Kitchen ware
  • Laundry basket, drying rack, hangers, iron and ironing board

Finally, if a furry friend will be accompanying you, check that you have up-to-date health records. Talk to your veterinarian about any country-specific preventative vaccinations or medications that should be administered. 

Pack It (Or Plan to Buy It)

Whenever traveling, it is a good idea to pack enough clothes and toiletries in your carry on to last a few days in the event your luggage gets delayed. The same rule applies to moving to a temporary accommodation. Choose your very favorite articles of clothing, including plenty of options for layering. For the office, consider wrinkle-free fabrics. If you will be living in a climate that is different from what you are used to, study the weather to determine what you may need to buy.

Image of a closet in a corporate housing unit

In your new neighborhood, shopping for clothing or toiletries is a great way to explore. While you may have a special face lotion or razor you simply cannot live without, do not worry about loading your suitcase with everyday items. A trip to the store to buy toothpaste and laundry detergent will likely be one of the first things you do when you arrive. 

Finishing Touches

The kitchens in Corporate Housing units come stocked with everything you need to make your comfort food and explore new recipes. However, if you have a favorite mug or special cooking utensil you just cannot live without, feel free to wrap it well and tuck it in your luggage. Having a hand embroidered dish towel or your grandmother's heirloom wooden spoon can make your kitchen feel familiar. 

Metric to Standard, or Standard to Metric? If the system of measurement is different in your home country, try to find a handy conversion table to make cooking easier in your new kitchen. 

Another simple way to make your serviced apartment or aparthotel feel like home is to bring a few photos of friends, family, or favorite artwork. Tucking these in spaces around your new place will really add a personal touch.

Image of photos and art arranged in an apartment

When you arrive in your new destination, ask neighbors or coworkers for some suggestions on where to find locally grown plants or hand made candles. A little fragrance and greenery can go a long way in making a an apartment feel welcoming. If you do light candles in your temporary housing unit, remember to do so safely.


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