1) FAMILY PHOTOS ON A DISK OR THUMB DRIVE
Since we don't have the option to take our own framed photos (except small ones), and since frame sizes in Europe are often different than in the US, we're taking our photos on a disk so that we can have them printed in France in the correct sizes for European frames.
2) OUR MOST LOVED KITCHEN ITEMS
We love our tablecloths and they remind us of home so wherever we go, we'll take them with us. We also have coffee mugs that just seem to make whatever is in them taste better. Everyone should take something that will make a kitchen in a foreign country feel a little more comfortable.
3) PICTURES OF FAMILY WHO ARE STAYING IN THE US
Sounds obvious of course, but the challenge of raising children thousands of miles away from their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, is that they may not feel closely connected to them. SO, we are taking photos of our little girl's grandparents and other family so that we can show them to her often and make her feel more connected to them, even though they may only be able to visit once or twice a year.
4) FAVORITE BOOKS AND MOVIES
When you're in a new country and you can't find anything on TV that you like (or can understand), a good Hollywood thriller or Disney movie may be just what you need to relax. And when that doesn't work, a favorite book is also a great option.
5) YOUR FAVORITE TOILETRY ITEMS
Of course you can buy anything in Europe that you can buy in the US, but if you have a favorite deodorant, face wash, or body wash, that particular kind/fragrance, may not be available in Europe. We're taking a handful of our favorite toiletries so that we don't have to spend time searching for the things that we like as soon as we move in. There is enough stress already, especially in a permanent move overseas. If we can alleviate some of that stress in the early stages, we'll be able to focus on bigger, more important things, like buying furniture and a used car.
Do you have suggestions? Please leave your comments or advice for us!