Here Are Some Tips On Packing For An International Move
5 Packing Tips ¦ International Moving ¦ LCL & FCL Services
Packing for an international move sounds like a daunting task that no one wants to encounter. Between learning a new culture, contacting vendors and changing addresses the last thing we want to think about is packing our clothes for a move. A lot of your household goods will end up costing you more to ship then purchase new – but how can you know? Here are some tips on what to pack and what to leave behind. Please also check out our link on where to buy packing material and charities that will pick up your stuff for free.
Clothes: take some, leave some
Spend some time and go through your wardrobe. Figure out what you need and what you can live without. If you haven’t worn it in six months chances are you won’t. You can donate, sell or throw away what you won’t need and consider the ordinary temperature to where you’re relocating. The goal is to lean out the size of your load which will help with shipping cost and declutter. Packing for an international move should not be a difficult situation and if you need us to walk you through the process let us know.
Furniture and miscellaneous: leave some behind
Electrical appliances, office supplies, books – Although all of those things can be brought to your new home some can be very bulky and add to your shipping cost. If you have an extensive book collection that you’re attached to consider putting them in a temperature controlled storage unit, if not you can sell or donate them. You can always find them again if you want to reread them.
Appliances like hair dryers, flat irons, etc. should be purchased at your destination; otherwise, you will need to buy voltage adaptors so you can use the outlets. If you’re transporting laptops or computers, make sure you have a plan to visit a local computer technician when you arrive. You will need to buy the correct adaptors or surge protectors to keep your data safe.
Furniture is the most expensive to move just because of the space that it takes up. Unless it’s a necessity you should consider leaving it behind to save money on the shipping costs.
Files and paperwork: Store it if you can
International moving is already challenging. With the technology available to scan and store all of your essential data either on your PC or in the cloud, there’s no need to be shipping boxes full of paperwork with your movers. If you don’t trust technology, store your documents in a climate-controlled storage unit or with a trusted family member in a protective box — but avoid places like basements or garages, since paper is likely to attract mold. These are some basic tip for packing for an international move.
Toiletries, cleaning supplies: take only the essentials
Try and bring the basics. Rather than shipping your shampoos and soaps bring travel sized items. If you are concerned about have some specific things when you arrive, you can always order them to be delivered to your doorstep at a destination. These are some basic tips for packing for an international move, but you can always contact us if you have any questions.