5 Tips for Choosing Which Items to Pack for Your Move Overseas

5 Tips for Choosing Which Items to Pack for Your Move Overseas

One of the biggest obstacles anyone relocating overseas will have to face is selecting which items to bring with them. Since bringing all your belongings with you to a new country is impractical (especially money-wise), you will have to spend a lot of time thinking long and hard about which of your possessions you should pack for your move abroad.

To ensure you will have everything you require to start a new life in another country, and won’t waste time and money packing the things you don’t need, follow these tips from international removal companies on how to pick which items to bring for your upcoming move:

1.    Determine how long you will be staying abroad

One of the most important factors you have to consider when choosing which items to pack is your length of stay overseas.

If you will be relocating to a different country because of a temporary work assignment or project, you don’t have to bring all your possessions. You need to focus on packing the essentials: clothes, shoes, hand-held gadgets, bags, etc.

You can also bring a few items that will help you overcome your temporary homesickness such as books, your favorite blanket, some local food products (if allowed  by Customs), etc. However, don’t make them a priority; pack them only when you are sure you won’t go over the luggage limit.

In case you will be moving abroad permanently, aside from packing your essentials, you can bring items that have some emotional value. Although you may think that all your possessions are special, try to limit the ones that you should bring.

You can do this by categorizing as either ‘Practical’ or ‘Favorites’. If an item doesn’t fall under any of these two categories, it would be best not to spend time and money packing it.

2.    Find out if you will be allowed to bring or ship the items you want to take with you

Although you may want to bring a certain kitchen appliance or piece of furniture, make sure you will be allowed to bring them to your destination. Keep in mind that certain countries have restrictions on items that can be brought inside whether through the airport or port.

In addition, consider how much you will have to pay for shipping bulky and heavy items. Aside from the shipping fee, you will have to pay for other charges including import fees and possibly duty costs.

To find out if you can bring or ship certain items, check the country’s consulate website and read about their import restrictions and duties. Request a quote from various shipping companies as well so that you will know if you have the budget to pay for this additional service.

3.    Know the type of accommodation you will be living in

If your employer has already prepared accommodation for you, find out what type it is and the floor area.

In case it is a house or apartment, ask for the size and layout of the home so that you will have an idea of which possessions you have now can fit in your future abode. Take the time to ask if it is fully furnished as well; if it is, then you don’t need to have your furniture shipped at all.

4.    Consider the typical climate of the country you will be moving to

Knowing the typical weather condition in your destination will help you narrow down the list of items you can bring further. For instance, if you will be migrating to Australia, you won’t have to bring your bulky winter clothes with you if you will be living in Queensland.

In case you will be relocating to a country that has a humid or tropical climate, it would be best not to bring your valuable antiques, art pieces, and furnishings. The humidity may ruin these expensive items.

5.    Think of what you should bring to set up a comfy home

Lastly, to experience a smooth transition and help you reduce your feelings of homesickness, pack a few items that will instantly turn your new space into something comfortable and familiar.

These may include framed photos of your loved ones, beddings, books, or your favorite bedside lamp.

Although some of these items are not functional or are simply good as decor, it would be worth packing them if they will help make your new house or apartment homier.

Living abroad doesn’t mean leaving everything behind. However, it doesn’t mean bringing everything with you as well. Be smart in choosing which items to pack and ship (if needed) so that you will experience fewer difficulties as you transition to your new life overseas.


Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.

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