You're finally doing it. You're taking that risk, you're taking that chance, and you're moving outside of the country. And whether you're flying overseas or just driving across the border, there are several things that you'll need to do to prepare for your big move. In this article, we’ll help break down for you the important things to keep in mind as you start to prepare and pack, to move out of the country.
The first thing you need to do is decide on what to pack for your international move. Normally, when you're making a move it is best to take as many items with you as you can. However, when you're moving overseas condensing your belongings to the bare minimum is not just recommended, it's an absolute must. The fewer items you choose to relocate, the less you'll have to pay in storage and shipping costs. Plus, it'll reduce the chance of you running into trouble and your items getting lost forever. So, when you start to pack for your move, take a few of these factors into consideration.
1. Your new lifestyle. Depending on why you are relocating will depend on the certain items you'll need to take. For instance, if you're moving there for school you will need your books and study materials. If you are moving for work, you'll want anything associated with your business. If you're moving to retire, you'll probably bring all of your high-tech gadgets and favorite entertainment items. And so on and so forth.
2. Your new home. Depending on the type of home you are going to live in, will determine the type of household items you need to take with you. For instance, more than likely you'll be moving into a smaller home, and it won't be able to accommodate all of your items. So, you'll have to narrow down and take things of only high-value or sentimental value. Also, if you have an apartment you'll probably have no outdoor space, so you won't need any gardening equipment or other related items. If you're renting a home or your business is putting you up in a home, more than likely it will already be furnished. Just make sure that you do your research and figure out your housing options and what will be waiting for you when you get there.
3. What will make you feel at home. Moving across the world, or even across the border can be a big adjustment. So, take items that you'll need to feel safe, comfortable, relaxed, and happy in your new home. These things could be anything from heirlooms to framed photos, pieces of art, keepsakes, etc.
4. The climate in your new country. Depending on your country's climate, will determine if you need certain items. For instance, if you're moving to a place where it is hot year-round. You’ll no longer need your long winter coates or fur-lined boots. Also, you have to keep in mind that very dry climates are bad for furniture, while high humidity climates can ruin artwork or antiques.
5. Non-allowables. Often times many countries will have restrictions on what you can or can't bring into their borders. For instance, live animals, plants, weapons, drugs, and other things may not be acceptable. So, do your research and know what it is you can and can't take and avoid having to pay penalties, fees, or losing your materials altogether.
6. Decide how you want to ship your items. Depending on how far away you're moving, will depend on how you pack and ship your items. For instance, if you're having to fly to your new location because it's overseas, you'll want to make sure that in your carry-on you’re taking all of your important documents, passports, valuables, laptops, medications, etc. with you. In your checked bags, you'll want to make sure that you have at least a few weeks worth of clothes and toiletries in order to help get you through until your other items arrive. The next thing you'll have to decide is how many of your items you'll need to airship versus freight ship. Only airship the items that will be absolutely necessary within the first few days you get there. For instance, cookware, bedding, additional toiletries, curtains, etc. Anything that you can live without freight ship, as to save yourself money in your move. Another thing to keep in mind is shipping supplies. Make sure that when you pack up your items, you have the proper shipping supplies, as so your valuables won’t be lost or damaged during the move.
Moving overseas can be exciting, scary, and overwhelming all at once. So, help yourself by being prepared and thinking ahead about the different aspects of your move. If you do, you'll be able to better transition with ease and set yourself up for an amazing and grand adventure.