How to Get Organized For Your International Move

by / Wednesday, 10 October 2018 / Published in International Moving
International Move

According to the United Nations, approximately 3 percent of the world’s population doesn’t live in their country of birth. That is roughly 232 million people!

If you are about to become a part of this 3 percent, then you may be a bit concerned about how you are going to make the transition as smooth as possible. In order to ensure that the change is not problematic, you will need to ensure proper organization.

Here are some tips that will help to make your international move less stressful.

1. Get Things Out Of Your Head

You may be surprised to know how writing out the things that you need to get done can have a tremendous impact on your productivity.

You may be wondering how to start your “to do” list. Begin by visualizing one task that you need to get done. Think about all the things you will need to do to complete the task and write them down.

Once you get that on paper, you can then move on to the next task and do the same thing. Continue rinsing and repeating the steps until you have a comprehensive listing of all that needs to be done.

Here are some pointers you can use to help you complete your “to do” list:


Get copies of all necessary medical and dental records. Obtain and fill prescriptions for medications that you will need. Make sure that you and your family have received immunization shots.

School Records

Be sure to collect your children’s school records as well any college transcripts you may need. Get letters of recommendations from these school’s if you think they will prove useful in your new country.

Legal Documents

Make sure that you have all your legal documents in place before you leave. These include but are not limited to:

  • Power of Attorney (Let a friend or family member handle your local affairs)
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Birth Certificates
  • Passports


If you have items that you need to store, make a list of them and get them into storage as soon a possible.

2. What Exactly Should You Sell For An International Move?

One of the dilemmas of moving abroad is deciding what to sell and what to keep. Here is a rundown of the best practices that you should bear in mind.

The rule is that if it is bulky and can be purchased in your new country then sell it. Limit the books you carry to your absolute favorites.

Think in terms of ten to twenty books. It will cost you a lot more to bring several packing boxes filled with heavy books than just to buy new copies of those you need as it becomes necessary.

It is always best to sell your electronics no matter how large or small. This is because voltage varies from country to country and what works well in your present country may not work in your new country.

If you bring electric razors, hair dryers, curling irons, blenders, juicers and other small appliances with you, there will probably be a need to connect them to adapters. Even after being connected to adapters sometimes they still get burnt out by the electrical charge. If you sell these items in your own country, at least you will have some cash in hand to put towards buying new ones.

When it comes to larger appliances such as refrigerators, stoves and washing machines the cost of importing them usually makes it more practical to sell what you have and buy new ones in your destination country.

Of course, not all electronics are easily replaced. One electronic you may want to keep is your laptop or desktop computer.

If you have valuable information on your computer, then have it checked out by a professional when you arrive in your new country. This will ensure that you get the right adapters as well as surge protectors to prevent data loss.

Finally, you may be wondering if you should take some of your furniture with you. The fact is that furniture is usually costly to export. The best course of action is to sell these before you move and buy new ones when you arrive in your new home country.

3. What About My Vehicles?

Carrying vehicles with you can sometimes be hit and miss. A vehicle that passes a fitness test in one country may not pass it in another. You may also find that some countries don’t permit the importation of certain models.

Find out about the rules for import and export of vehicles for your new country to see if the model and year of manufacture for your vehicle is acceptable to them. However, more often than not it is better to sell your car and buy a new one when you arrive abroad.

You should also find out ahead of your migration if you can drive in your new country. Often driving in another country requires that you get an International Driving Permit.

Every country has different rules about this, so be sure to check out your destination country’s guidelines ahead of time. In this way, you can do what is necessary to get your International Driving Permit in your own country before you leave.

However, don’t be surprised if you will need to fill out additional paperwork before being allowed to drive when you land in your new home country. As a rule, if the country you are coming from has similar driving regulations as the one you are moving to, there will be fewer issues with being allowed to drive.

Final Thoughts

Your International move need not be overly stressful if you plan and organize yourself so that you know what to do and when to do it.

You may have to accept the fact that you will have to leave behind or sell many personal items, simply because they will be too costly to take with you. Look carefully at what is necessary and what is not before making your final decision.

If you would like more international moving advice, please contact us, we are always willing and able to assist you with whatever you need.