The Ultimate Guide to Packing for International Moving
Packing for international moving can be overwhelming. Between gathering necessities, thinking about the logistics of your move, and preparing your furniture for transit, it’s easy to forget about packing non-essentials.
This article is going to give you some helpful tips on how to get started with international moving.
One of the first things you’ll need to do is find a good relocation company (read our guide on how to choose the right packers and movers) that offers services for your country of choice.
You could request a full-service international moving (recommended) with professional packing services, and unpacking at the new place to save you time, stress, and money. Or, you can DIY and request only international moving service. If you decide to choose the second option then you should read these packing tips on how to pack your households for an international move.
1. Start early:
In case you have been following our blog, you already know that this is the most important tip in every move. (and you can skip to tip #2)
Start as early as possible. Delays can happen, so always make sure you have enough time to pack everything properly.
2. Invest in quality materials:
It is important to use quality materials for packing boxes and other supplies. Spending a little more now can save you money in the end by protecting your items from damage.
3. Decide to pack or to sell:
Sometimes you should consider selling some of your items and buy new ones in your new country to save the cost of shipping and moving. Ask yourself if you will use the item in your new life and if it is cheaper to sell and buy a new one or to pack and move it with you.
4. Always insure your households before the move:
Ask about the different types of insurance policies they offer and the coverage of each one. If you are hiring an international relocation company they will offer insurance as an essential part of the service.
5. Divide the weight:
Put heavy items at the bottom and lighter items at the top of the box. And make sure all the boxes could be easily lifted (without breaking your back).
6. Pack your fragile items in your clothes boxes:
It will save you space, weight, and money. Clothes, pillowcases, bed sheets, and others could serve as bubble wrap for your glass and fragile items.
7. Vacuum seal the plastic bags:
To save space in the boxes and to protect your items during the long move.
8. Label your boxes:
After a long move to your new destination, you won’t remember what’s in every box. That’s why you should label all your boxes according to the items type, room, or importance.
9. Keep essential items to the last:
Items that you use daily should be packed on the last day or two.
10. Benefit from your luggage allowance:
It will save you some shipping expenses, and keep your important items around you when you arrive at your new destination.
As a final tip, from years of experience, you will always need more boxes and packing materials than you think.