The moment has finally arrived – you’re off to Dubai! With so much to think about, the excitement of the move can wear off a little as the practicalities start to creep in. What will it really be like? What will you need to bring? Packing to live overseas can be hugely challenging, particularly in Dubai which is humid most of the year and cold for a few months.

If you’re worried about what to bring along, or how to combat the summer weather, here’s everything you need to know to make your new move that little bit easier.

The essentials

Firstly, make sure you have hard copies and soft copies (stored separately) of all your essential documents with you. This includes your birth certificate, passport, visa confirmation, course enrolment details. While this is simply precautionary, it means that you have back-up options in case anything goes missing, or in the event of any confusion over your enrolment.

Stay connected

Make a list of all the electronics you want to bring along not forgetting any charging requirements. You will most definitely require a laptop to study and it’s a good idea to make sure your phone is unlocked so you can use a local sim card when you arrive.

If you always looking for a dip in the pool then a waterproof phone case is a no brainer. Factor in a portable charger so you never get caught short and lastly, don’t leave without your handy adaptor. There’s nothing worse than having carefully packed all the chargers to find a different set of plug points on arrival! All-country adaptors are super useful extras.

Think sun smart

The rumors are true – Dubai is most definitely a hot country for a major part of the year! No matter whereabouts you are on this continent, it is a universal truth. As such, it’s really important to stay out of that midday sun and to cover up your skin when you are out and about. Include a decent wide-brimmed sun hat and some sunglasses in your packing – that will help protect your face and skin from the UV, and be sure to slap on plenty of sunscreens whenever you are outside.

Make sure you also include some long-sleeved clothing, because even though it will feel warm there is no better protection for your skin than to literally cover it up.

Layer it on

Dubai is a very relaxed country but make sure you are decently dressed and do not offend the country’s traditional values although Dubai is home to most of the ex-pats. It’s entirely acceptable to stroll into the majority of places sporting shorts and t-shirts. The climate dictates the clothing and that drives a sensible approach towards what is acceptable and what is not. That said, the summer heat can be quite intense so aim for comfort over fashion. Light breathable materials are best in this sort of weather as they will protect you from the sun but also allow your skin to breathe.

Be warned – there is a change in the air when winter arrives. Don’t be fooled by those bright sunny days as the early mornings and evenings can carry a proper bite in the air. This is when layers are your friends. It’s all about versatility, staying warm in the cool and staying cool in the heat. Slippers are a must in the winter months – if you haven’t a pair to pack already then pick up some the minute winter hits. And lastly, don’t forget your swimwear in case you want to hit the pool or head to the beach.

Added extras

It’s hard to envisage exactly what life is going to be like once you arrive, but try and think forward to what you might like to do in Dubai while you are here. A keep-cup and re-useable water bottle are also handy to have, although easily purchased if you have forgotten them in your luggage. Remember in Dubai you can avail of all your essentials in your weekly supermarket trips, but make sure you carry your essentials that can be in your luggage.

Carry all your medical applications that suit your body, you may be covered via the student medical insurance but planning ahead doesn’t hurt.

A piece of home

Be sure to bring a little piece of home along with you to help you settle into your new accommodation. It might be a photo, a poster, a piece of clothing or something entirely different. Once the reality of your new life sets in, it’s likely that you will have some moments where you suddenly miss home and family life. Having that small reminder right next to you can be a good way to feel connected once more.

What not to bring

It’s probably not worth packing everything you ever owned. You will need to think about packing light, otherwise, your excess baggage charges will be breaking the budget before you have even arrived. If you are a notorious over-packer, then you can always investigate to send a box over to KSK Homes and we will be happy to receive it or else Dubai has everything one needs.