In the last 12 years, we have relocated ourselves a combined total of 16 times…and now were on move #17! We have made many mistakes along the way, so here is what to do when you’re packing for a big move.
1. Pack light.
Things like boots, books, hair dryers, jeans, etc…they all weigh a ton! With airlines charging by the bag (and pound), it’s important to leave the heavy items at home. You should also only take what you need. Pack items that serve a dual purpose. For example, choose clothing items that are lightweight, and can be worn out sightseeing and dancing. Finally, wear your jacket, jeans and boots when you fly so they don’t take up room in your suitcase.
2. Leave valuables at home.
This mostly has to do with jewelry, but I guess it also covers things like electronics. Now, I’m not suggesting that you leave your smartphone or laptop at home, but maybe you don’t need to bring both, plus your tablet, portable speakers, headphones….you get the point. Pick one or two things you need and leave the rest in a safe place. With jewelry, don’t bring your true valuables. You’ll regret damaging your mom’s ring while camping, or losing an earring while sightseeing. Instead, bring tons of accessories that are replaceable. They just up your daywear into nightwear, they won’t take up a lot of space in your suitcase and if you lose anything, its a great excuse to go shopping!
3. Start early.
We’re not leading by example here (opps!), but this is key. There is a lot to do in little time. To give yourself the best chance at only taking only what you need, you should pack, wait a few hours then go back and remove half of what you packed. Try it! You’ll be surprised at how easily you part with the extra stuff.
At the end of the day, you can live with a lot less than you think. So choose what you take wisely and remember the true reason you’re moving abroad—to have an experience different than the one you’re having right now.