How do I prepare for an international move? 

Its possible that moving internationally will require you start preparations many months prior to the move date. Depending on the country you’re moving to, some factors might need to be taken into consideration. These could include: visa requirements, work permits, and customs documentation. Make sure you have all relevant paperwork before entering your destination. Delivery timeframes for international moving differ from moves within the United States. Knowing transit times allows you to prepare your packing plan ready for moving day. Before you begin packing, check if certain items cannot be moved, or will require duty and import fees. You’ll also want to understand how do you pack clothes for moving overseas. Firstly, sort through your clothing; you might not need some items where you’re moving. Use a combination of wardrobe boxes, and different sized moving boxes. It’s a good idea to seal woolens, and put moth preventers in the boxes. This will protect clothing while your belongings are in transit.  

 Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff? Relocating, especially internationally, is a good opportunity to downsize. Get shipping quotes for moving your current belongings while at the same time source costs to buy new stuff once you arrive. You can then determine which will be cheaper.  

How exciting! Moving internationally to another country. Within that excitement, there could also be feelings of anxiousness and possibly even a little fear, all of which are natural. If you’re moving to a country that you’ve never been to before, there’s a lot to take in, a whole new culture! Often, we feel very comfortable with the familiar, the food we know, the climate, our surroundings, and if you’re not able to speak the language, it’s only natural that you might be experiencing culture shock.

International movingMoving to a new country is a big step, especially if you’ve done it alone. Finding your community, and places of interest, might take a little longer than expected. If you find yourself feeling lonely, impatient, or having any physical pain, such as headaches or stomachaches, both of which are common causes of stress, you might be experiencing culture shock.

 To ease culture shock and have a smooth transition, there are ways to help you adjust to the move. These can be done before you move. They include: Learning about the country you’re moving too, and familiarizing yourself with the language. Acquaint yourself with local attractions that can be visited once you arrive. And remember not to rush to accomplish everything immediately. Adjusting takes time. You’ll meet new friends, find your favorite hangout spot, and become a local sooner than you expect.

 

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