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

"When moving to South Africa, it is important to pack items that will help you adjust to the climate and culture. Pack clothing that is suitable for the warm climate, such as light, breathable fabrics. Bring items that will help you stay cool, such as a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Additionally, it is important to bring items that will help you adjust to the culture, such as books about South African history and culture, and items that will help you learn the language. Don't forget to bring any necessary documents, such as your passport and visa. Finally, it is important to bring items that will help you feel at home, such as photos of family and friends, and items that remind you of home," said a member in South Africa.

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"My family, More photos, Native forest I could have left my winter clothes behind and made my suitcase lighter - doesnt really get cold here. I really only moved here with a backpack and a bag so I need everything I brought with me," remarked another expat who made the move to Cape Town, South Africa.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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