Pack Carefully When Moving Abroad

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When it comes to moving abroad, you have a lot of things that you need to consider, as well as research. If it is not just you and you also have a family to move, then this complicates matters even further. You should start to do your research well in advance of your move, as there are a lot of things that you will need to find out. Your research will be able to provide you with valuable information that will make your transition as smooth as possible.
  •  Locations to live
  • Work
  • Places to Shop
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Things to bring
  • Things not to bring
A great place to get information on your new country of residence is one of the many internet forums that will be available in whatever country you decide to live. These forums can be a great source of personal experience and advice, which can end up helping to save you a lot of time and hassle.

Moving your Possessions Abroad

Depending on how many possessions you have, will dictate the best way to move your things to your new home. If you are just taking your clothes and personal possessions, then you may be able to do this cost effectively by air travel, rather than hiring a container. You can easily find an International Removals company using the internet if you are looking to ship your furniture and other possessions abroad. The cost of this is going to depend on how much you have to ship, as well as where you will be shipping your possessions. You should make sure that you speak to as many different companies as possible, and get a range of quotes so that you can compare before choosing a company.

Restricted Items

The mode of transport that you are using to ship your belongings can also have an impact on what you can ship. If you are using air travel, then you will be restricted on shipping things like batteries, perishable goods, live animals and plants. You can even find that some types of organic matter such as wood are restricted. They restrict these types of items as there are certain types of insects like to live in specific types of wood, and if they are not indigenous to the country, then they can have a devastating effect. There are still restrictions when you use a shipping container to transport your home, and you may need to dispose of, sell, or give away certain items, rather than ship them abroad. You may find that what is legal in your home country may not be legal in your new country of residence, and this can apply to things such as medication. You will need to research thing thoroughly, especially if any of your family members are on long-term medication. Always make sure that you have the prescription for any medication that you are taking with you.

Use Some Common Sense

As well as doing your research and making sure you know what you can and cannot pack when moving, you also need to use some common sense. Even if your destination country allows them, animals and plants will not survive very long in a shipping container, nor will anything else that is perishable. If you want to take some comfort food with you, make sure that it is not on a banned list and that it is a canned or dried product so that it will not spoil. The best way to make sure that you get things right is to use a professional removal company for your move. They will be able to advise you on all of the details that you will need to know, and make your move abroad as hassle free as possible. 


  1. These are great tips for those who are moving, am thinking of moving too, but not to another country, pretty much happy and at peace where I am right now, but to move to downsize to further simplify life so I can have more time doing things that gives me more meaning to life. Definitely spending too much time at home for cleaning and maintenance is not for me, thus currently going through some of the tips here as well, like what to keep and what to donate.

  2. Very useful article and tips are truly helpful! I'm planning on moving to Europe next year, so thanks for sharing the experience!