Before you leave for your vacation home, determine which portable objects you will need or want when you arrive. Basic items, such as toiletries, food and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, are easily obtained when you arrive, even if your vacation home is in a foreign country. More personal or specialized items like prescription medications, clothing and children’s toys should come along with you.
In addition to the essentials, you should also consider packing some items that will ease your transition to the vacation home. Think about what you like to do immediately upon arrival. Do you head right to the beach? Do you prefer to relax with a cup of coffee? If the necessary items for your activities are not present in the house, bring them along with you. Sarah Rainsberger, a real estate investor from Prince Edward Island, Canada who relocates to Mazatlan, Mexico during the winter, advises a “mini-house kit” for movers: “The goals of the mini-house kit are either to replicate the stuff we know we want to have at home or scaled-down versions, suited for travel, of things we use at home.” Travel-sized toiletries, portable computer equipment and compact kitchen appliances are all possibilities for your vacation home.