- Big Items First. You should first start with you big items. If you have decided to use a standard cargo container, the best way to pack one is by putting your largest or heaviest items in first. This includes house furniture and appliances. Make sure when packing up furniture, that these items are protected and secured for transportation. The biggest thing to consider during this part of the move is whether it is cheaper to leave this furniture behind. This will reduce stress and hefty storage fees in your new homeland.
- Most Expensive Items Second. Now it’s time to consider your more expensive and breakable items like electronic equipment. This requires a bit of research about internet and cable services available at your new location. If these services are no longer available to you after the move, there is no reason to include these in your packing. Also, make sure that all of your files and important computer documents have been successfully backed up on the internet or on an external hard drive.
- Get Help Choosing Clothes. Packing up clothing could become a long, difficult task. Letting go of your favorite coat or bathing suit is something you must be prepared for. You must be strong with your decisions and know that these items are no longer useful to you as they are just clothes. This process shouldn’t have you pulling your hair out, but rather help you look forward to new beginnings. During this process, remember to leave enough clothes out of the storage container for the trip overseas as well as the time it might take to completely move in. Also, consider donating your unneeded clothes rather than tossing them in the trash. This part of the move could become a good way to donate to your favorite charity!
- Determine What Papers You Do and Do Not Need. While paperwork is extremely important for moving overseas, consider the paperwork you can leave behind. This is the time to shred old documents and organize your information. Make sure to keep your passport, license, medical records and emergency contact numbers close by during your travel. This paperwork is necessary for traveling abroad and will certainly help limit your time dealing with customs.
- Plan Ahead with Medicines. For medications and personal products, most hygiene items can be left behind to purchase in your new homeland, but it is important to travel with at least two months of medication. This is essential because you never know if your medication will arrive on time in your new destination.
This is just a brief overview of what your packing experience may be like when traveling abroad. There is so much more when it comes to moving your whole life to another country. Planning ahead and being strategic in your move can help this process become a lot simpler and cheaper.