Prepare your belongings for an international move

Prepare your belongings for an international move

People regularly move from one country to another, even from another continent to another. However, if it’s time for you to do this, you might be asking yourself how to prepare your belongings for an international move and what steps you need to take to ensure a successful relocation. And for all the right reasons, since you want your items to arrive safe and sound. Let’s go from one room to another and help pack your belongings.

What to do before you prepare your belongings for an international move?

There are things to be done and decisions to be made before you start preparing your items for the relocation. First of all, it’s essential to understand that this is a demanding process that will require a lot of your time and patience.

A good plan will be necessary. The moving process can take a month, so every part of it needs to be planned out. While unexpected things can happen, you can do your best to prepare for them and do your part of the job. Speaking of the job, you need to decide about the professional movers. A company that’s helping you move can make all the difference, so make sure that you make the right choice. Here are some of the other preparations you need to do:

  • declutter
  • find packing supplies
  • pack your belongings

Consider hiring movers for packing process

Keep in mind that some movers can help you pack for your international move. Although it’s usually charged extra, it’s a good option if you don’t have a lot of time and need to take care of other business. Moreover, you can rest assured that they will know the best way to pack your belongings.

Find packing supplies

One of the most important factors when packing your belongings to prevent damage is using quality packing supplies. You can get used boxes for free in a local store. However, finding the right packaging is a must. This means quality boxes, a lot of packing material to protect your items and carefully placed duct tape. You need to take extra care of fragile and valuable items. Also, label and number the boxes, and make a list of your belongings in each box.

A couple carrying boxes
Quality packing supplies are important.

Packing room by room

Each room has different packing requirements. Let’s see what you should pay attention to in every room.

Kitchen/dining room

Most of the fragile items are found right here in the kitchen. That’s why a kitchen and pantry relocation requires special care. Think about all the plates and wineglasses you need to pack. And, of course, the key here is the packing technique.

Use a lot of packing materials to protect fragile items. You want to eliminate the shifting of the items within the box. To do this, make sure that styrofoam, packing peanuts, or packing paper, completely surround the walls of the box. After placing the fragile items, use duct tape to fixate them. However, be careful not to use the tape directly on the surface of the object.

Some items need more attention

Living room

Packing the living room will require furniture pads and a lot of stretch wrap to protect each piece. Also, you can use some of the lighter items, like pillows and clothing. as protection for fragile items. Just make sure you don’t pack any objects with sharp edges along with your pillows.

Electronic devices require the most attention. You need to make sure that they don’t get broken, wet, or damaged in any way. Quality packing supplies and good packing skills are required.


People usually keep important documents in their bedrooms. These, as well as smaller electronic devices, should be packed in your carry-on, as they are more valuable and you should keep an eye on them. Your credit cards, jewelry, and other similar items can also come with you.

In this room, there’s probably a lot of clothes you don’t need. Be realistic and ask yourself which items of clothing you haven’t worn in a year. By decluttering, you’re making your relocation cheaper and easier. Also, while you’re at it, you probably don’t need some decorative elements from the living room as well. You can sell these items and make a buck or donate them to someone.

Finally, remember to pack a change of clothes in your cabin baggage. You can also pack a bedsheet, and a pillowcase here, as it will be useful for the first night in your new home.

A bag
Keep the valuables with you

Other rooms

When it comes to the bathroom, the most important thing to remember is medicines from your cabinet. You can keep them with you if you need to take them regularly. You can transfer toiletries to smaller containers and bring them with you along with the toothbrush. Think about leaving the cleaning supplies there, as you can buy new ones after you move in. More importantly, some substances are illegal to move.

Similar to the furniture in the living room, it’s not easy to move your gym equipment. However, it becomes a lot easier if you disassemble everything you can. Also, this equipment is usually sturdy and resistant, so just make sure that it doesn’t get scratched in the process.


You can do your best to prepare your belongings for relocation. However, there’s more you can do – pay for insurance. Just make sure you understand the coverage you get. Only with insurance can you get compensated in case something goes wrong, despite your best efforts.

Packing is a strenuous and time-consuming process. However, with our useful tips and maybe some help from professional movers, you can prepare your belongings for an international move without a glitch.

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