Relocating to a new country can be a joyful event for many. The visa paperwork, looking for a suitable apartment, change in the time zone all these can however make it challenging. Other concerns like the language barrier, packing, transportation, storage etc can add more worry. These can be reduced to a great extent, all you need is a reliable moving company, right local consultant to make sure that your international relocation will go seamlessly.
Packing for a move abroad
If you are planning to move abroad, then you require more packing than regular local shifting. You need to let go of stuff like electronics, kitchen appliances as the electronic devices available at India does not support dual voltage. For your laptop and mobile however, it is important to invest in a adapter and converter so that the device can work seamlessly in foreign outlets. Once you have settled in your new home you can purchase basic electronic appliances like hair dryer, water kettle etc which are compatible with current outlets at your home.
When it comes to the medication, it is not possible to schedule an appointment with a reliable physician before you move abroad. You may be required to wait for few weeks or months. Plan in advance and bring medications necessary for 3-6 months.
Never pack your important documents with your shipment, there are many chances of losing it. Essential documents like birth certificates, mark sheets, medical reports, school records, passport, driving license, marriage certificates etc must be carried along with you safely.
Language and cross-cultural skills training
It is very obvious that one may be unfamiliar with the new language, so it is advisable to get trained before moving to the new place. This will help you to connect with the locals easily. You can also research about the country’s culture, history, politics by this you can easily mingle with the local people. If this move is due to a new job, ask HR of the company to offer language or culture training.
Navigation in a new country is very important, you must be aware of the common transportation methods as well as important landmarks, so that you don’t end up lost in the new place. It is best to research about the public transportation, bus routes, trains, rental vehicles etc.
Renting furniture abroad
When you moves internationally, things won’t go as per plan. The furniture can arrive late, lost or damaged, may not fit into your new home etc. The best option is to rent furniture temporarily until the mover arrives with your shipment or you can shop for new. This will save you with huge shipping cost too. It is a good idea to rent essential household furniture while moving to a new country. You can also rent items like vacuum cleaner TV, beds etc.
Storing your belongings
If you are moving to a new country for a long duration then it is best to sell or give away as much as you can. If you are moving for a short duration then it is important to store the item for future use. You can google for self-storage facilities, it is the safe way to store all your furniture, belongings, antiques etc when you move aboard. The price of the storage unit may differ based on size and specifications.