New Guest Blogger – 10 International Moving Tips

| July 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

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Hello. I am the author of a series of money saving, helpful relocation guides, the Slick Move Guide, the Slick Move Guide Latest Edition and the Slick Move Guide Professional Athlete Edition. My website is and you can purchase my books via this site or  My books are also available worldwide on as an E-book. I am also a blogger and post from my website about relocation. Today, I am posting an article from a new guest blogger, Tom Stanford who will be sharing international moving tips on my site. Tom Stanford is a professional moving specialist of  located in Brisbane and Sydney, AmazonAustralia (since 1978). Tom has nearly a decade of experience moving merchandise locally and internationally. He is also a keen blogger who most of the time contributes posts to various sites like in MyMove and Careerealism and will now be a guest blogger on

10 Tips To Get You Started On Your International Move

Your new home is ready. Your new job is waiting. And a new neighborhood seems delightful. But it’s not like you will be moving to the next city or state. You are moving half across the globe, and for sure, in a place where culture and language are different. And then there’s a whole bunch of stuff you need to pack and move from coast to coast. It’s best to start packing as soon as you are sure about moving internationally. How will you get started? Here are our top 10 tips for you:

1 – Scale down your stuff as much as possible. This is perhaps the hardest part because it’s not only physically exhausting but can be emotionally challenging, too. Start sorting out your stuff from the least used room like the attic or basement.

Get rid of things that are not useful (example, bulky party souvenirs or things that are sentimentally important but not practically useful like your first office table that’s already broken). Take pictures of them or write a journal about those stuffs. Anyway, it’s the memory that matters more.

Some useful things like old clothes or kitchen utensils can be sold online. But donating them to charities will be a much faster choice. The point here is to get rid of as much stuff as possible. Be fierce, a.k.a. do not get emotional.

2 – Pack important papers in a fireproof, waterproof box. This is similar to a safe, only that it’s a box you can carry with you on your international move. All of your documents—birth certificates, financial documents, passports, etc.—must be put in there.

3 – Take pictures of your cords. You probably heard of labeling your cords accordingly so it’s easier to setup your computer in the new place. Well it is much easier to take pictures of how everything is setup now so you’ll only have to look at the picture and everything’s done correctly.

4 – Save your CD and DVD collection in a hard drive. That is, if you have a large collection of CDs and DVDs, it is wiser to have them copied in your hard drive. Buy a new one and label it accordingly.

5 – Back-up your files online. If you haven’t done it yet, this is the perfect time to do it. Again, you can buy a separate external hard drive for this. But that has the tendency of crashing physically. It is highly recommended to backup your files online, instead. Here’s a good review of various online backup services.

6 – Pack and organize. First, have a look at the new place, virtually. Decide which things will go where. Also use color coding for the boxes. Red for the living room, Green for the patio, and so on. It’s easier to arrange one room at a time than to open a box filled with mattresses and arrange all the beds in one day.

Walkers World Wide, a moving and storage company in Australia, also suggests labeling items that will be shipped, transported via air, and will be hand-carried so it’s easier to sort items on the moving day.

7 – Consider buying things there. Compare the cost of moving that sofa or that large flat-screen TV to buying new ones instead. Most of the time, it’s better, cheaper, and less stressful to just sell everything if you’re moving overseas.

8 – Use a binder. Keep there the contact information of the moving company, the rental truck guys, and the receipts of your last bills. You don’t want to get into trouble on your moving day just because they thought you didn’t pay your bills. Also keep in the binder the contact and addresses of the new place—maps, hotel information, country information, and so on.

9 – Have a bag of essentials. Once you arrived there, it’s impossible to have the energy to organize the entire house just yet. You need at least a day or two of rest before getting started. So make sure you have all of the essentials in one bag. Some things to include are: ready-to-eat snacks, water, teakettle, trash bags, tools, cutters, bath towel, box cutters, toilet papers, bed sheets, curtains, and a good, fun movie (or anything that’s entertaining).

10 – Read a lot about your new home. Culture shock is normal for people moving overseas. You get to a state of euphoria when you arrive there—everything looks exciting and amazing. And then, all of a sudden, you miss the things back home, and start comparing what you have with what you had. And start to think that back home is better.

Truth is, you’re just in culture shock. Lessen the shock by reading a lot about the new country—what to expect, what its climate like, what people wear there, social roles based on your gender, general personality of its people, religion, food, etc. There is no way to over-read and over-know things in this case. You will not know everything you need to be prepared. But at least you get the sense of it and put your expectations in the right perspective.

Moving internationally is a hundred times more challenging than moving locally. But it is still something you can do with proper planning, lots and lots of information, and with the right people to help you.

Tom is a moving specialist with nearly a decade of experience moving stuffs locally and internationally. When not helping with a client’s move, Tom spends time sharing his knowledge to blog readers around the world. For more moving tips, check their Facebook page.


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  1. Thank you so much for share this article. This is informative, useful and helpful knowledge! This gave me some insights to do better. I would really love to see more updates from you.

    • JodiV says:

      Thank you so much! Life gets busy but I would really like to up date more often. Thank you for the encouragement!

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