I remember the day I first landed in Canada, and the moment I stepped off my flight in Toronto. It was such an unbelievable feeling that I had just survived more than 20 hours of travel. I was excited but exhausted, so I wasn’t very happy when my luggage burst open in the middle of the airport. I realized I had packed too much, and l just wanted to go back home.
You don’t want to this happen to you—trust me! That’s why I’m going to try to help you avoid the mistake I made. When you start packing, you don’t know what to bring and you feel overwhelmed because you want to pack everything, including your pillow, pets, even your parents. But you have to be selective when you’re packing.
Pack some items to which you’re personally attached or that remind you of home. There will be times when you feel down or homesick and you just want to be home, and these things may help through the toughest times. But try to take as little as you can to make your travelling easier. You can buy everything else when you are in Canada.
Make sure your bags are strong enough for a long-distance flight and transfers. Trust me, you don’t want your luggage to break open in a foreign airport! Also, different airlines have different restrictions about the size, number, and weight of luggage. These restrictions change frequently, so make sure you know what they are to avoid expensive fees if your bags don’t meet the standards.
If you have some favourite snacks or other food items at home, check the Government of Canada website to find out what you’re allowed to bring into Canada.
Here are a few things you should remember when you’re packing:
- Clothes. Try not to pack too many clothes. Pack some comfortable clothes, some items you wear a lot, as well as those you really like.
- Medications. You may not be able to get some medications from your home country in Canada. If you require some from your country, bring them with you but make sure they’re allowed in Canada.
- Backpack. Carry one with you on the plane and put all your legal documents in it. Pack at least one pen/pencil and a small notebook in your backpack, just in case you need to fill out any form or write down any information.
After you’re done packing, it’s time to go. You may be nervous, excited, anxious, sad, or happy. You will probably be feeling all sorts of emotions because you’re uncertain about what is going to happen. But remember that this is an incredible journey you are about to go on. You are about to start a new life, so be excited and be prepared. Good luck!
Ran bought some new luggage after his arrival in Canada.