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International Relocation 101 – Essential Packing Tips

Moving to a new country can be both exciting and overwhelming, one of the most stress-inducing aspects of emigrating can be packing up your home.

By Ian Pettey

An international move requires far more planning and preparation than a domestic move including the decision around which relocation service provider you can use to transport your prized possessions to a new country.

This article unpacks the details of packing to emigrate.

Research your new country’s customs regulations

Different countries have different customs regulations when it comes to importing goods. Before you start packing, research what you can and cannot bring into your new country. Some countries may have restrictions on certain items such as food, plants, or electronics.

Declutter before you pack

Get rid of any items you haven’t used or worn in the last six months. This will not only help you with the moving process but also allow you and your family to process the fact that you are moving.

It’s difficult to declutter with small children, so do it when the time is right. Decluttering will help you arrive in your new country organized and with only the items you need and cherish.

Label boxes and make lists of contents

There is nothing worse than not being able to find that one particular item you need urgently when you are unpacking.

Creating a system of numbering the boxes then listing all the contents in a document which you can refer to once you start unpacking will make a massive difference in getting organised on the other side.

Don’t bring appliances

Most appliances won’t be compatible with the voltage output in your new country or may be too large. Give them away or sell them, but don’t bring them. In some countries rental properties include all electrical appliances.

Bring your own linen

Bring the linen you have and love but note that the sizing differs in different countries. If you plan to buy new duvets in your new country, your current duvet covers will not fit correctly. It’s also common to buy sheet sets instead of duvets in some countries.

Hindsight is 20/20 vision

Seek the the advice of people who have moved to the country you have chosen to settle in. They will be able to tell you exactly what to take and what not to take.

Research, being organised and well-prepared are the keys to a less stressful international move; but hiring a professional moving company with the expertise and resources that specialises in international moves ensures that your belongings arrive safely at your new home. With the right mindset and preparation, moving to a new country can be the adventure of a lifetime.

Ian Pettey is the MD Africa at Crown Relocations

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