Moving Abroad: What to pack

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Argh, packing to move abroad! Where do you even start?
My plan is to move next April and at the very least, this plan has given me a kick up the bum to be super organised and get my stuff in order.
Thanks to my little minimalism journey, I now know of every item that I have in my house and all my paperwork is in order. Phew.

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I’ve split my stuff into the following sections:

– Need immediately (goes in suitcase)
– Need once I’m settled and everything has gone to plan (gets boxed up and shipped)
– Keeping but can live without until I’ve decided which country is home (gets stored with a family member- lucky them!)

This is my list of necessities that will be coming with me in a suitcase. I’m allowed one big suitcase, one small and a rucksack (I think) so there’ll easily be enough room for everything, I reckon.

  • seasonal clothes
  • seasonal shoes
  • toiletries
  • cleaning products
  • paperwork
  • documents (passport, driving licence, marriage certificate, birth certificate)
  • electricals
  • eco bags
  • washing line (?)
  • fairy lights (because no home is complete without them?)
  • small box of tools, stationery, random useful items, plasters, painkillers, sewing kit
  • books/journals

I realise that it doesn’t all sound like essential stuff but I figured I might be in a flat without a dryer so a washing line could come in handy, haaa! Plus I think fairy lights have the power to make anywhere nice and homely.

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The stuff I’d get shipped is mainly kitchen items and stuff for our business which we won’t need instantly. Even after a mass declutter it still feels like I have a ton of stuff! If you have any advice, please chuck it my way!

Have you ever moved overseas?
Am I missing anything crucial?

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