Deciding What to Pack for Your Overseas Move: A Family Guide

When preparing for an international move, one of the biggest questions families face is, “What should we take with us?” It’s a question that often leads to lively (if not heated) discussions long before our surveyor knocks on your door. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for us at John Mason International to witness a “heated debate” between family members about what makes the cut for the new home abroad.

Understanding the blend of excitement and anxiety this decision-making process can entail, we’re here to guide you through with some practical advice and a touch of humor, reflective of the family values we hold dear at JMI. Here’s how to tackle the question with less stress and more confidence.

The Essentials Checklist

Consider Cost vs. Replacement:
High-Value, Small Size: Items that are costly to replace but take up minimal space are usually a yes. This includes certain kitchenware, personal electronics, and cherished books.
Furniture and Large Items: Apply the “is it worth it?” equation by measuring and calculating the shipping cost. Sometimes, the sentimental value outweighs the cost.

Regulations Check:
Be aware of the destination country’s regulations, particularly for Australia and New Zealand. Items associated with soil or plant material might need extra attention or might be better left behind.

    Personal Value:
    Emotional Attachments: Some items can’t be measured for their monetary value but for their place in your heart. If it makes your new house feel like home, it’s worth considering.

    Practicality and Usefulness:
    Think about the climate, space, and lifestyle in your new home. That bulky winter coat might not be necessary if you’re moving to the sunny shores of Australia.

    What to Leave Behind
    Replaceable Items: Consider leaving behind things that are cheaper to replace than to ship.
    Prohibited Goods: Double-check customs regulations to avoid packing items that are not allowed.
    Outgrown or Unused: If you haven’t used it in a year, it’s likely you won’t miss it.

    Before You Pack
    Research: Early research into your new home’s climate, space, and lifestyle can help make decisions easier.
    Consult: Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for advice. We’re here to make your move as smooth as possible.
    List Making: Create a definitive list of items to take and items to leave. This will help streamline the packing process.

      Why Choose JMI for Your Move
      At John Mason International, we understand that moving is more than just relocating items; it’s about moving lives and dreams. With over a century of experience, we offer a family-oriented, tailored service that respects the emotional journey of each move. We’re not just moving boxes; we’re moving families, each with their unique stories and needs. Our dedicated team is here to support you through every step, ensuring a seamless transition to your new home.

      Remember, every item you decide to take or leave is a step towards your new adventure. With the right planning and a bit of heart, your international move can be an exciting, stress-free experience. Trust us at John Mason International to be part of your journey, ensuring you feel right at home, no matter where in the world you might be.

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