What to take with you when moving overseas

Whether you’re emigrating or simply going home, moving overseas can be a daunting task. This is especially true when it comes to deciding which of your belongings to pack and which to leave behind.Horizontal wide angle view of heavy loaded container cargo ship in busy strait of Malacca.

Paperwork

One of the most important things to keep in mind is all relevant paperwork. Passports, visas, birth certificates, police clearance and emergency contacts are all vital. It’s a good idea to scan these important documents and email them to yourself and a trusted guardian. That way, if the originals go missing, you have a back-up copy.

Furniture and large electrical appliances

Many of us can’t afford to completely replace every item of furniture. Take some time to compare the cost of buying new items to the cost of transporting your furniture abroad.

This is especially relevant for large electrical goods like washing machines and dishwashers. Work out the cost of shipping these per metre of cubic space and compare it to the cost of buying new items in the country you are moving to.

Also keep in mind that voltages can differ abroad and your appliances may not suit the electricity supply.

Clothes

This is when you need to start being picky. Keep the climate of the country you are moving to in mind. Throwing out or giving away your favourite pieces is a hard way to part with clothes, but selling them with the knowledge that you’ll have some extra money in your back pocket might soften the blow.

Pets

Once you have confirmed your destination, take your pet to the vet to be micro-chipped. You will need to have your four-legged friends immunised against rabies – at least 21 days before you are due to travel.

You should also seek the help from a professional animal transportation company. They will be able to give you practical advice on moving your pet and advise you about any potential quarantine periods.

Make your new place feel like home

There are certain items you simply can’t live without and that you’ll want to make a new house feel like a home. Often times this will include framed photos, antiques, artwork and other items that hold sentimental value.

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