My Move to Oz Land: Before You Come
by Guest Author
A few tips for those thinking of moving to Oz. This is from my perspective of being here for six months, and is specific to Perth.
Make sure you have a GPS and invest in the Australian (which ever city) CD to upload on your GPS it will save you TONS of time and get you around well.
Make sure your credit card is not going to expire soon. It it is, get a new one and keep some money in it for emergencies.
Buy a flat pack biltong maker and slicer biltong here can be purchased at SA shops but the dude rips people off especially because he makes it locally.
Get yourself an online email account like hotmail to keep in contact until you get a provider in Oz. You can get 3G mobile plug and go at many places here.
If youve cancelled your cellsim contract, get an international calling card sim for when you get here.
Buy lots of those black or see-through clip top containers. They help allot when packing (make sure you make a list of whats in them and place on the top before closing them.
Get vacuum pack bags and vacuum pack bedding and towels etc.
Buy at least one international adapter so that you can charge your cell and GPS as soon as you get here. Youre normally jet lagged for a few days, and shopping is the last thing you want to do.
If you are renting, its best to rent from a South African. The paperwork and approval is a breeze and its just easier so make connections with people already here and it will help when you are looking.
If you are looking for a car go to reputable car dealer. There are TONS of car dealers everywhere, but the bigger reputable ones will get your paperwork through faster, and the car will have less hiccups.
Get your drivers licence renewed if its close to expiry.
If youre already in Oz, what are your experiences of things to do before you arrive here?