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What should I pack when moving to Porto?

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We asked people living in Porto to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded...

"When moving to Porto, you should pack a variety of clothing to accommodate for the city's mild, maritime climate. This includes lightweight clothing for the warm summer months, as well as warmer clothing for the cooler winter months. Don't forget to pack a good quality raincoat or umbrella, as Porto can be quite rainy, especially during the winter. Pack comfortable walking shoes, as the city is known for its hilly terrain and cobblestone streets. You may also want to pack a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun during the summer months. Bring any necessary prescription medications, along with a copy of your prescription. It's also a good idea to pack a basic first aid kit with band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers. If you plan on cooking at home, you might want to pack some of your favorite non-perishable food items, as they may be hard to find in Porto. Similarly, if you have a favorite brand of toiletries, you may want to bring them with you, as they may not be available in Portugal. Don't forget to pack all necessary travel documents, including your passport, visa documents, and driver's license. You should also bring a copy of your health insurance card and any other important documents. Pack your electronics, including your phone, laptop, and chargers. If your devices aren't compatible with the European voltage system, you'll need to bring a voltage converter. Lastly, consider packing a few items to make your new place feel like home, such as photos, a favorite blanket, or a beloved book," said a member in Porto, Portugal.

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"Really, I wish we had not shipped anything. The process was a nightmare and cost three times as much as the original quote. After sharing stories with other expats it seems that the entire overseas shipping business is one big bait and switch. You are given a quote and after they pick up your shipment they up the price by half or more. What can you do? Nothing, they have all your things and the "full price" of shipping that you already paid! I wish we had left all kitchen glassware, most of the DVDs, and a lot of the books. Leave most of the things of sentimental value. I wish the 2 boxes that were lost in transit made it. Take unique art pieces, special kitchenware (antique cast iron) and favorite music if you must," remarked another expat who made the move to Porto, Portugal.

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