Moving house is hard enough – but how about moving internationally! It brings with it a completely different set of circumstances and expectations. You have to think about currency, work, and your family. Are they happy with this? It can be a tough time, so make the best of it.
Once you’ve arrived and settled, things become much easier – it’s the move itself that’s hardest. However, like any process in life, it can be made simpler by being a bit more savvy, and thinking creatively. To make things a bit easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the very best moving abroad tips. Best of luck!
Don’t take what you don’t need
Moving house is about creating a fresh start and a new beginning. This is even more true when you’re moving long distance, so make the most of this chance. This is your opportunity to get rid of all that clutter you never use, with a vengeance!
This makes the move easier, as you’ll have less to pack and less to unpack. It also means you’ll have less to worry about during the move itself; there are less items that could get lost. You’ll probably need an internet connection in your new home, but will you need that novelty whoopee cushion? Probably not.
Choosing a removal company
Of course, you won’t be able to transfer internationally all by yourself. Any move requires a removal company, but your special circumstances mean you have to choose wisely. You’ll of course want to check that the company can move you to your chosen country. A team of international removalists could be exactly what you need. Once you know you can get there, work with them to secure and package priority items safely, and leave the less important stuff with you.
Take expensive tech with you
You’re traveling a long, long distance, and accidents do happen. You never know where some of your items could end up! One small box could go astray and be missing for weeks. This in mind, take all your expensive items – phones, iPads, watches – with you on the plane.
You’re allowed this stuff in your hand luggage, so make the most of the space. This way, the worst that could happen is you lose some clothes and not a super expensive bit of kit.
Pack an overnight bag
When you finally arrive at the new house, you’ll be shattered. Jetlag, the stress of moving and your nervousness at living in a new location all combine to make that first night a sleepy one. Rather than sifting through your boxes and bags to find overnight things, have a special overnight bag packed and ready for your first night.
Redirect calls and mail
It’s not like you’re just moving down the road. You can’t go and collect your mail the next morning! Before you leave, it’s vital that you redirect everything to your new address until you can change your address. Most shipping services will offer this functionality for a small fee, and it’s worth it for peace of mind.
Additionally, consider forwarding all landline calls to mobile, to a friend, or to the phone in your new house. This is quite simple to do on a wide range of devices, so make sure it’s set up properly.