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Packing tips for Your International Move

If you think local home moves are stressful, can you imagine how stressful international moves could be? At Man and Vans, our job is to provide you with the high-quality and hassle-free home removal service to ensure that the daunting task of uprooting your life is made easier.

Packing Tips for an International Move

Pick and choose the necessities

Realistically the more things you take with you for your international move, the more expensive it will be, as it requires more weight and space. Thus packing just the essentials will save you money and time. Things that are personal or unique to you are often more important than functional things, that can easily be replaced.

You can rent a storage unit to hold your things for a period of time if you are struggling to part ways with certain belongings. Alternatively, you could sell or donate your things to charity.

Spatial Consideration

When deciding what furniture to pack for your relocation, it is important to conceptualise the amount of space in your new home. It is irrational to take pieces of furniture with you that won’t fit in the new space.

Research local regulations

A new country, unfortunately, comes with new rules. Be a Good Samaritan and save yourself the headache of dealing with local customs. What is considered legal in your country might be illegal in others, before entering the new country research if there are any prohibited items that the country does not allow across its borders. Items such as furniture finishes, plants, simple things such as food, arts and crafts, just to name a few.

Labelling Boxes

Labelling your boxes and making a list of how many boxes there are can go a long way in making your transition between homes that much smoother. By naming and labelling boxes you will easily be able to place the boxes in appropriate rooms and account for missing boxes. Colour coding your boxes for specific areas of the house is another way to label your boxes.

Lists, and more lists!

The most successful entrepreneurs are list makers; this is why we are adopting this tool for packing. Write up a packing list, with the name of your box and all the contents inside of it. It will help you keep track of what you have, and assist you in any situation you might find yourself in.

Pack for customs

If you are uncertain about items that will be declared safe for customs, pack these items together. When you get to customs control, officers can open these boxes, instead of opening and going through all your possessions.

Sturdy and strong boxes

Due to the long journey, leftover or old boxes might not last or protect your belongings as sturdy cardboard boxes will. You can purchase boxes that are specifically designed for long journeys to ensure the protection of your goods.

Packing for least breakage as possible

Make sure to pack your boxes as full as possible, using bubble wrap, newspapers or to save money use clothes, socks and blankets to wrap your fragile items. The less space in boxes the less likely items will move around and break.

Manage the weight of your boxes

It is important to distribute the weight of your boxes, as an overweight box is highly likely to break and be too heavy to lift.

Pack the essentials together

Pack a personal box that can be easily accessible. Essentials such as travel documents, any necessary paperwork you think will be needed for your move, as well as medication and money.

Pack early

If you start your packing early, you and your family will have time to enjoy the last few moments in your home.

Find out how we can help you with your international move here.


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