How to Pack When Going Overseas
Work, love, or just a never ending desire to explore new places can lead to the decision to move overseas. Moving house is a huge task to begin with, but when moving countries the process is somewhat different and more intense. Depending on the time you are spending abroad, you may need to consider packing not only what you are taking with you, but what you are leaving behind. These tips are here to make the packing process more manageable and achievable.Packing Carry-on LuggageMost airlines allow up to 7 kilograms of carry-on luggage, as well as a separate laptop computer bag and handbag. This space can be used extremely efficiently to maximise what you take with your carry-on.- Pick a durable, decent size bag that meets the size regulations of airlines (check with your airline before flying as there can be variations)- Make a list of everything you will need on a daily basis as these will need to be easily accessible and therefore should be packed in carry-on- A toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, fresh socks and underwear and deodorant should be included for layovers- Pack electronics and chargers in carry-on- Wear warm and heavy clothes on the plane to save space in your bags and protect you against in-flight air conditioning - Have all necessary documents, visas, passports and flight itineraries in a convenient, easy to reach place- Take some books in carry-on luggage and electronics to keep your mind amused and active during transit timePacking Checked LuggageMost checked luggage for long distance flights allow up to 30 kilograms spread across two bags. It is still recommended to check with your airline that you are flying with to ensure you are within the baggage restrictions. Think carefully about what you pack into your suitcase when moving abroad as these will be the basis for your new life abroad. Keep in mind that you won’t be travelling with your suitcases; rather you will be living from them.- Contemplate the weather for your chosen destination. But still pack for the opposite climate just in case you have smaller trips- Do you want to pack cutlery and kitchen items, or buy them on arrival once you have somewhere to live? Factor this into your packing- If you have musical items or sports gear, you may need to pay more for additional luggage- Take some of your favourite, irreplaceable clothes, but accept that you will probably buy new clothes in your new country- If packing fragile items, wrap them in scarves and soft tops to protect them during the transit timeShipping, Selling or StoringLarger, bulkier items that you don’t want to leave behind can be shipped. Depending on how long you are planning to move abroad, it may also be worth storing furniture and other such items in your home country. Contact different furniture removal services and storage facilities to check costs for long or short term storage solutions. Alternatively, selling items you are leaving behind can be a great way to have extra finances to start your new life abroad. Consider all options and decide what will work best you, your circumstances and your budget. Embrace moving your life abroad as a fantastic way to de-clutter, re-prioritise and sort out what you really need and value in your life.