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Packing for an Overseas Move

Posted on 10Sep 2012

Packing for a move is never easy, but some relocations are much harder than others. While a local move may allow you to pack and unpack on your own, as well as take lots of luggage in your own vehicle and do a few trips, an overseas one cannot be performed on one's own. However, you don't need to hire movers to do all the packing too - you can try on your own. If you are doing a permanent move then you need to move your entire household, which is quite expensive. You can save up on the packing and unpacking tasks. If you have moved before then you are aware of the basics of packing. Even if you have never done it yourself, there are plenty of tips that you will find really useful. Keep in mind that the overseas move means shipping of your items - they need to be packed properly and secured for the move. Some of the things that you can pack on your own include: books, toiletries, clothes and shoes, linen, pillows, kitchen utensils, dishes, cutlery, china, glassware, toys, photos, pictures. Some of these items are fragile and some of them will need lots of bubble wrap and plenty of padding inside the boxes.

It is manageable and here is what you should do:
Clothes and shoes: It's best to take essential clothes in your flight luggage, so you know that you have something to wear after you arrive. Keep the shoes in their boxes or pack them in bags with some padding inside. Be careful not to squash them.
Linen: Yet another essential item for after you move, take sheets and pillow cases in your main luggage and pack the rest in medium-sized boxes.

Toys, games, comic books: Your children should only take a few things that they really love and can't be without in their luggage, but the majority should be shipped. If they have too many toys, decide what's not played with anymore and sell it or throw it away.

Cutlery, dishes, utensils: There are many tips on proper packing of these kitchen items, as most of them can break or scratch. Wrap pots and pans in two layers of bubble wrap individually and place them in boxes with enough cushioning among them. For dishes and cups it's best to buy dish boxes which come with special dividers. Place paper between dishes when placing them on top of one another.

Books: Pack them in smaller moving boxes which can hold their weight better.
When it comes to the furniture, electronics and pots, trust the movers. These need proper packing techniques and careful carrying and loading. Take essentials and valuables in your personal luggage and never leave documents and paperwork for the shipment. Remember that it's best to scale down some of the things before the move - why pay for unwanted items and bring all that clutter to the new home? Get special boxes for packing pictures or artwork and leave the sculptures and oddly-shaped items to the professionals. Despite all the packing and the huge preparation that you are facing, there are many positive sides of an overseas move. One such thing is that you get more work opportunities. You also have the chance to start anew and do things differently and this can be a very exciting perspective.

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