Moving Abroad? What to Pack, Store, or Give Away

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Moving abroad is an exciting journey that opens doors to new experiences and opportunities. To help you prepare for this adventure, we partnered with easyStorage, experts in international moving and storage, to help you make informed decisions about what to pack, store, and give away.

The Journey Begins: Preparing for the Move

Before you embark on your new adventure, decluttering and downsizing your belongings will streamline your move. Separate your items into three categories - "Pack," "Store," and "Give Away" - to ensure you take only what you need and cherish. This process not only simplifies your packing but also enables you to create space for new memories in your destination.

What to Pack

Packing for an international move may seem daunting, but we have you covered with practical and sentimental examples:

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  • Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, visa, driver's license, and any required permits or certificates ready for a smooth journey.
  • Important Paperwork: Carry essential documents like birth certificates, marriage certificates, medical records, insurance documents, and academic transcripts. These documents may be vital for various official procedures in your new home.
  • Sentimental Items: Bring a piece of your heart along by packing cherished photos of loved ones, heartfelt letters from friends, and mementoes from special occasions. These items will provide comfort and a sense of familiarity during times of homesickness.
  • Clothing: Select versatile clothing suitable for the climate you’re moving to, as well as the occasions you can expect to experience. Consider layering options for colder weather and lightweight, breathable fabrics for warmer climates.
  • Toiletries: Personal care items like toothbrush, toothpaste, skincare essentials, and medications are must-haves in your suitcase. Ensuring you have your preferred products on hand will ease the transition to your new environment.
  • Electronics: Stay connected with loved ones back home by packing your laptop, phone and chargers. And very important, don’t forget an adaptor if you need one!
  • Essential Kitchenware: If you enjoy cooking or want a taste of home, consider lightweight cookware, and a few favourite kitchen gadgets. These essentials will make your new place feel like your own.
  • Travel-Friendly Snacks: Non-perishable snacks are perfect for keeping you energized during long journeys or while settling into your new surroundings. Familiar flavours can provide comfort during moments of adjustment.
  • Books or E-Readers: Pack your favourite reads for relaxation and entertainment during downtime. Books can be a source of solace and companionship in unfamiliar territories.
  • Comfort Items: Don't forget to bring along a familiar blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal. These simple items can provide a sense of home and comfort in your new surroundings.

What to Store

Now that you've sorted through the items you'll be taking with you on your journey, it's time to consider the possessions that won't accompany you. This is where easyStorage comes to the rescue! Their secure and convenient storage facilities are specially crafted to accommodate your belongings while you're away, providing you with peace of mind throughout your travels.

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Examples of Items to Store with easyStorage:

  • Beloved Furniture: Preserve your cherished furniture pieces, whether it's that cosy sofa that feels like a hug or the elegant dining table where memories were shared. Their storage facilities ensure they remain in pristine condition until your return.
  • Precious Collectibles: Safeguard your valuable collectables, be it rare art pieces, treasured antiques, or sentimental memorabilia that hold immense value. With climate-controlled storage, your precious items will be kept safe and protected.
  • Seasonal Gear: Store your seasonal belongings like winter clothes, skiing equipment, or holiday decorations until the time comes for their much-awaited use. Our storage solutions offer a convenient space to keep them organized and accessible.
  • Excess Belongings: Optimize your living space by storing items you won't need immediately, such as extra linens, kitchenware, or seldom-used appliances. Our flexible storage plans allow you to choose the duration that suits your needs.

What to Give Away

Embrace the spirit of giving and consider donating items you no longer need to local charities. Instead of dumping your items in landfill, you’ll be giving them a second life, and perhaps even helping someone along the way.

Examples of Items to Donate:

  • Clothing: Give away your gently used clothing to give it a second life.
  • Books: Gift your favourite reads to local libraries, schools, or community centres. They’ll be used and loved there, instead of throwing them away.
  • Household Items: Donate household essentials like kitchenware, bedding, or furniture to families starting anew or charity shops.
  • Toys: Pass on toys and games to new families or donate them to charities working with kids.
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Preparation is key for a successful move abroad. Pack wisely, store securely, and give away generously. Embrace the excitement of the unknown and cherish the memories you create along the way.

Ready to embark on your adventure with easyStorage by your side? Explore their storage options and enjoy an exclusive £25 discount for Mattuto's Users, just use the Promo Code Matutto25 at checkout.

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