Packing for an International Relocation
One of the more overlooked aspects of moving, is how to properly pack your things. This holds especially true, when your items are shipped internationally. Moving companies, like Allied International, will be able to transport your things more efficiently, with less chance of damage, if they are packed in a way that is conducive for travel. Not to mention that there is a greater chance that your things with arrive at their destination, on time.
When dealing with a move that crosses international borders, there are a number of factors that can potentially slow down a move. No matter if you ship your items by plane or boat, you will have to deal with customs, miles and miles of travel, and a significant amount of paperwork. All of these things can significantly slow down a relocation. You will want to keep this in mind when you are planning your move. For example, items that are shipped by boat can take several months to arrive at your door, while items that are shipped by plane could take several weeks. Because of this, most people elect to use the air route.
Of course you will also have your carry-on luggage that will remain with you while you get to your new destination. Every airline has different regulations regarding what can and cannot be in your carry-on luggage, as well as restrictions regarding weight and size of the luggage itself. They also vary on how many pieces you are allowed to carry-on, so you will want to check in advance, so you are not in a sticky situation at the airport. It is important to only pack indispensable items in your carry-on luggage, because space is an issue. Things like medicine, glasses or contacts, money, identification, passports, other important documentation, and items that will come in handy if your shipment of other items does not arrive on time like a change of clothes and hygiene products, are what you should consider putting into a carry-on bag. You will also be able to check luggage before you get on the plane that will also travel with you, just not within arm’s reach. You can use some of this space to pack some of your essential items, but be wary. Airlines occasionally make mistakes and lose luggage. So be picky as to what items you are willing to put in your checked luggage.
What to do With Your Other Belongings
Another option to consider is utilizing a delivery service that can guarantee expedited delivery. This is usually very expensive so it is not a feasible way to send all of your items. However, this is a good method to ship larger items that you will need when you arrive at your new place. Linens, shoes, clothing, cookware, and a child’s toys are a few things you could consider moving this way. Although, you will want to avoid moving fragile items. Many of these larger delivery companies have a lot to ship, and my not have the time to handle your packages as delicately as you would like.
The rest of your larger items should be shipped by boat. These are items that you could possibly live without for a period of time, such as electronics, collectables, and furniture, and are better shipped with as little handling as possible. A sea shipment allows for that.
The good news is that most moving companies offer packing services. At Allied International, for example, you can have your items professionally packed, which will help ensure that they will arrive to you undamaged. They can also protect your extremely valuable items that would be almost irreplaceable if destroyed or lost. Not to mention that most insurance policies will only cover items that have been professionally packed. You will absolutely want to purchase insurance, just in case something were to happen, so it would be a good idea to inquire about professional packing from the company you choose to go with. These businesses often offer free quotes, so you can get an idea of how much everything will cost.