When I move overseas for nine months, I only take a large suitcase, a large carry-on and a personal item. Even with a minimum amount of space, there are certain kitchen items you can’t live without that you’ll want to take with you from home. This is my list of kitchen must-haves overseas:
- Small blender: I take a hand blender that I use for smoothies, soups, and more. If you only plan on using it for smoothies, you can consider a single-serve blender.
- Hand towels: I have a set of two nice hand towels that I take every year to make the apartment feel more like home. It’s the little things!
- Seasonings: If you have favorite seasonings, especially if they’re unique, I recommend packing a bottle of each! For example, I pack Lawry’s seasoned salt, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Upon arrival I purchase more generic herbal seasonings that I’m more flexible about.
- Recipes: You’ll want to make sure you have an array of your favorite recipes with you overseas, especially if you’re a picky eater like me. Try to pick recipes that call for standard items, and items that you’ll use in multiple recipes. This helps ensure you’ll use them up before you move again!
- Vitamins: The language barrier can make it difficult to know exactly what you’re buying, so I’d recommend packing any vitamins you take regularly.
- Reusable water bottle: Not only do I use a reusable water bottle while traveling, I also use it upon arrival for sightseeing, working out, and any time I’m out of the house for several hours.
- Straw cup: In the apartment, I make sure I’m hydrated by keeping a cup with a straw near me at all times. This makes it even easier and quicker to drink water than a bottle with a screw-on top! Don’t forget to fill the cup with a piece of rolled-up clothing when you pack!
Whether you’re going overseas for a year or 3 years, I hope this list helps you remember your kitchen essentials for your move overseas!
What kitchen items do you pack everywhere you go?