What to pack when moving to Canada from India on a PR?

What to pack when moving to Canada from India on a PR?

Sanjay Yadav Sanjay Yadav
[Published 08 Apr, 2023 | 02:46 PM]
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Moving to Canada from India on a PR visa is a significant life-changing event. It can be an exciting opportunity to start a new life in a new country, but it can also be overwhelming, especially when it comes to packing. Packing is an essential aspect of moving, and it can greatly affect your transition to Canada.

In this blog, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on the essential things to pack before moving to Canada from India on a PR. From important documents to clothing, food, and electronic gadgets, we will help you prepare for your move and make it as smooth and comfortable as possible.

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The ultimate packing list for moving to Canada from India

Important documents

The documents required for Canada PR are one of the most crucial things to pack before moving to the Great White North. These include your passport, PR visa, educational and work experience certificates, marriage certificates, birth certificates, and medical records. Make sure to have both physical copies and electronic copies of these documents to avoid any issues if they get lost or damaged during the move.

Warm clothing

Canada is a country with a cold climate, especially during the winter season. Ensure you pack warm clothing such as thermal wear, jackets, boots, and gloves. You can also buy winter clothing in Canada, but it can be expensive. It's better to bring warm clothes from India to save money and avoid the hassle of shopping for them after you arrive.

Comfortable footwear

Comfortable footwear is another essential item to pack before moving to Canada on a PR. Canada is a vast country with many parks, hiking trails, and outdoor activities. You will need comfortable shoes to explore the outdoors and walk around the city.

Prescription medication

If you have any prescription medication, make sure to pack enough for the first few months. You can also ask your doctor for a prescription that can be filled in Canada, but this process can take time, and you may have to pay out-of-pocket. It's always better to carry enough medication to avoid any inconvenience.


You may also want to bring your electronics, such as laptops, smartphones, and cameras, to Canada. Ensure that your electronics are compatible with Canadian voltage and electrical outlets, or you may need to buy an adapter.

Favorite spices and food items

If you have favorite spices and food items that you cannot live without, pack them before moving to Canada on a PR. These can include your favorite tea blends, spices, and ready-to-eat meals that are not easily available in Canada.

Books in your native language

If you enjoy reading books in your native language, bring them with you. While you can find books in your native language in Canada, they may be hard to come by and expensive.

Comfort items

Moving to a new country can be stressful, and it's essential to bring some comfort items with you. These can include family photos, favorite books, or sentimental items that remind you of your home.

Cash and credit cards

Before moving to Canada on a PR, make sure to carry enough cash and credit cards to cover your initial expenses. You may need to pay for accommodation, food, and transportation before you receive your first paycheck in Canada.

International driving permit

If you plan to drive in Canada, it's advisable to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) before you leave India. An IDP allows you to drive in Canada for up to one year while you obtain a Canadian driver's license.

International driving permit

School records for children

If you are moving to Canada with children, make sure to pack their school records. These include their academic transcripts, health records, and any special needs documentation. These records will be required when enrolling your children in school in Canada.

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All Set?

Packing for a move to Canada on a PR visa can be a daunting task, but with proper planning and preparation, it can be made easier. Remember to research the new city, sort out your finances, get your paperwork in order, and pack wisely. Take the time to pack essential items, and be prepared for the weather, which can be drastically different from India. By following the tips outlined in this blog, you can ensure a smoother transition to Canada and start your new life with ease.

However, many little challenges may come up during this journey. And if you’re facing troubles or need help, you can always get in touch with Nationwide Visas Post-Landing Team in Canada and experience hassle-free 24X7 assistance - as you start a new life in your dream country.

Good Luck!

Read More Also:- How can I apply for a Canada PR from India? What are the requirements?

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