Essentials for Your First Apartment in Canada When Moving From Abu Dhabi

essentials for your first apartment in Canada

Are you planning on moving from Abu Dhabi to Canada but can’t seem to wrap your head around all the essential things you’ll be needing?

Relocation can be very stressful and tiring. You’ve got so much work to do and things to pack that you sometimes forget about some crucial things.

To avoid any such inconvenience, we have prepared a checklist for you to take a look at all the essential items that you need on your first night in Canada. 

Let’s Get Started

Congratulations on getting your first-ever apartment in Canada! Moving from Abu Dhabi to Canada is definitely not easy, and to help you get a brief idea of what you need to keep with you, ServiceMarket has curated the following list of essential items that you must keep with you!

1. Canadian currency!

Canadian Currency has to be the first and foremost thing that you need to get your hands on before or as soon as you land in Canada.

Dirhams won’t work in Canada, so it is better to keep a reasonable sum of Canadian Dollars before your flight in hand so that you don’t have to rush around the airport trying to find a money exchange at the last moment. 

2. Documents and Paperwork!

Canada has some stringent rules regarding people coming into the country. Ensure that you have all the important documents before you take off from Abu Dhabi to avoid any inconvenience. 

Some Documents that you must not leave behind at any cost includes; 

  • passport and visa
  • birth certificate
  • moving permit
  • relevant vaccination records
  • pet medical records (if you’re taking a pet with you) etc.

3. Furniture:

You’ll have to buy new furniture for your apartment in Canada or have your old furniture shipped from Abu Dhabi. You can try donating or selling your old furniture and buying new or pre-loved furniture from Canada. 

If you are getting new furniture, ensure you have it ordered before so that you have it delivered by the time you are in your new home in Canada. However, if you are getting your furniture shipped from Abu Dhabi, plan your timeline such that you don’t have to spend a month or two without any furniture in your new place.

4. Home Insurance: 

Home insurance is important for your new apartment/house in Canada.

Having home insurance will protect your home and possessions against damage or theft, and you won’t have to worry about the damage cost, as the insurance company will cover it.

5. Bathroom supplies:

Bathroom supplies are absolutely essential when you move between countries. Here’s a little list of the stuff you may need:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toiletries (e.g., bath soap, hand soap, shampoo, lotion, etc.)
  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet brush 
  • Toilet plunger 
  • Bath mat(s) 
  • Air freshener
  • Tissues 
  • Trash can

6. Basic Tools:

A toolbox with all the basic tools is a must-have in your home, especially when shifting to a new place.

Ensure that you have the following list of things with you when you relocate from Abu Dhabi to Canada:

  • A tool kit that includes screwdrivers (flat and Phillips-heads), hammer (and some small nails), duct tape, box-cutter or X-acto knife, duct tape, pliers, wrench, and masking tape, etc.
  • Papers and pens 
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Extension cables and batteries of various types, including backups for your flashlight 
  • Candle

And last but not least an Emergency kit. 


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