What to take for a trip?
Although going abroad to work is an exciting experience, it also carries a lot of stress. You step outside your comfort zone and into the unknown… It can be difficult. It is important to take the right amount of things with you – not too much, because it will be uncomfortable and not too little, not to spend money unnecessarily on the spot. In this article, we will tell you the secrets of successful packaging.
Let’s start with the most important things, i.e. your documents. A passport and/or ID card will be necessary. If you have a driving license, take it too – even if you are not driving your car (who knows, maybe you will decide to become a driver?). When using your own means of transport, be sure to take the car or motorbike documents with you. If you are a student, make sure you have your student ID card with you, because it will entitle you to, for example, reduced fares on the spot. If you have BSN – take it as well. An important document that will be useful when traveling abroad is the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This document confirms the right to use health services when staying in the countries of the European Union and the European Free Trade Association. The EHIC can be obtained at a branch of the National Health Fund. The process is easy to go through and you usually get the card right away! It is also worth taking some euro cash with you to have some money to start in the Netherlands.
Toiletry bag and first aid kit
Toothbrush, paste, razors, deodorant, shower gel, and shampoo are absolutely essential. Of course, some of these things can be bought on the spot, but if you don’t want to overpay, take them with you. Also, remember about all the specialist cosmetics you need. You will also need an antibacterial gel. It is always worth having pills for headache, diarrhea, or something antipyretic with you – this is the absolute minimum of a travel medicine cabinet.
Clothes for all weather conditions
An adequate supply of comfortable and clean underwear is essential. You should also pack a pair of flip-flops in the suitcase, which, apart from being comfortable, will protect you from infection, e.g. in the shower. In the Netherlands, the weather is changeable, you will definitely need a good rain and windproof jacket (especially if you want to experience Dutch nature). Also bring comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunglasses. In addition, it is always worth packing something for special occasions and an adequate supply of everyday, comfortable clothes.
In company apartments, as a rule, there are no cutlery, plates, mug – take them with you. Also, bring your own blanket (or sleeping bag) and pillow. If you want to save on food, bring some of what you like to eat, which is easy to carry and has a long expiry date. If you have the option of taking more luggage, homemade jars with your favorite specialties are a good idea. Really, your grandma’s / mum’s / wife’s tomato soup will never taste as delicious as it does after working abroad 😉
Electronics are probably the first thing you think about now: phone charger (and the phone itself), headphones, tablet/computer, and power supplies for these devices – you know, the basics. However, apart from electronic entertainment, it is also worth thinking about what you will do when electronics get bored with you… Such a trip may be an opportunity to read a book that has been waiting for a long time on the shelf, return to reading your favorite newspaper (then take a few outstanding issues with you), or indulge in the passion of crocheting after work. Take what you like to do to ensure you have a good time. It is also worth having a deck of cards with you, this entertainment is always good if you meet a few bored people…;)
Inform the family
Often, going abroad to work is stressful not only for the person who leaves but also for their family members. Therefore, for their peace of mind and for your own safety, before leaving, tell them which city you are going to, with which agency (provide contact details for the person who organizes your trip) if you know, give them the address of their future residence. Also, establish how and how often you will contact each other. These are simple things but they’ll make everyone feel more relaxed and make the trip much more enjoyable.
We hope that we have cleared your doubts a bit and helped you effectively pack for your trip. Finally, remember: we live in a global village, and you go to work: anything you forget, can be organized somehow!