How to Pick Things to Bring with You When You Move Abroad
It’s hard to part with your belongings, especially ones that have sentimental value. Unfortunately, that’s your reality if you decide to move abroad.
If it’s a temporary move, even if it involves years of living in another country, it would still make sense to put your possessions in storage. If you mean to build a life in another country, however, then you’ll have to force yourself to completely let go.
What’s Worth Taking?
Of course, there are still some things important enough for you to bring with you on your International relocation. It has to be the bare minimum, however. Even if you didn’t mind the trouble of shipping all of your things to your target country, it’s still financially impractical.
There are things that you have no doubt should be brought along when you move. There are some that are in the gray area. How do you determine if something is worth taking with you or not?
The following questions will help you decide which items should go with you on your move.
1. Is it already provided for in your new home?
Sometimes, apartments or houses come furnished and equipped. It would be a waste of effort and money to ship items that are already available to you when you get to your new country. To avoid duplicating your possessions, check what’s provided for in your new home.
2. Is it more affordable to ship than to replace?
Most of the items in your home are better sold off or donated before you move. The cost of shipping is usually more expensive than the cost of replacing it. If something that you need when you move is too expensive or too rare, then you may consider bringing it with you.
3. Will it fit in your new home or suit your life there?
If you’re moving to a smaller home, then it definitely doesn’t make sense to bring too many things, especially bulky ones. You may also want to let go of equipment that you may regularly use now, but may only seldom use when you move.
For instance, a surfboard doesn’t make much sense if you’re moving to the middle of a landlocked city with no wave pools.
4. Will it work in your target country?
You might think that some appliances are small enough to be included in your move. Things like your hair iron and coffee maker may seem easy enough to bring, but you have to check if the appliance’s required voltage complements the outlet.
Check the climate as well. A prized fur coat, for example, won’t make sense in a tropical country.
5. What does the item mean to you?
Some things are just too important to leave behind. If something is profoundly sentimental to you, like a family heirloom or a piece of furniture that symbolizes something very special, you’ll have no choice but to move it right along with you no matter the cost.
Shopping in a New Country
As practical as it is to just get rid of old possessions while you’re in your country of origin and replace them once you get to your new country, there are plenty of good reasons to hold on to what you already have. Besides the comfort of having familiar things around you, there’s also the matter of shopping in a strange new place.
You’re likely to be busy with tasks related to your move when you arrive , so you may have limited time and energy to go shopping for new things. There are also the issues of currency value and cost of living. You have to consider how strong your source currency is against the target currency. At the same time, goods and commodities might be more expensive in your new country.
The above questions will help you determine which items you will be taking with you, with the help of overseas removalists. With careful thought and planning, you’ll be sure to pack your most functional, valued, and beloved possessions for your move to your new home.
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.