Packing up your life into four (yes you heard me four) boxes isn’t the easiest of things to do but that is what I have been doing over the last couple of weeks. Putting things in, taking them out again, having “maybe” piles and ultimately deciding what really mattered to me, it was a bit of a roller coaster. I have learnt a few things along the way and wanted to share them for anyone planning a long term international move.
Map it out
I found it hard to know how much to pack but setting out your boxes and deciding how many you are going to take really helps. It gives you a great idea of how much space you have and then you know when things are just too big and, I hate to say it but, you are going to have to give them up.
Boxes in boxes
As I said I must have packed and unpacked a good few times but I found using some smaller boxes in side your big ones is a real life saver. it means all those nik-naks can sit nicely together. Oh and it’s just a bonus that this makes for easier unpacking at the other end.
So yes, you probably want to make a list of the things you don’t want to forget but i’m talking list each item that is in each box. This is good for shipping as a lot of the companies what to know what is in each box and you can pretty much hand this over. It also makes you think about what you are taking and if you really need it and finally it’s great for sorting at the other end so you know what’s what.
Leave some space
I guarantee you will find “just one more thing” that has to go in the box and if you have packed it to the rafters there is no way you are going to squeeze it in. I suggest leaving a little bit of space until you have packed everything up in to the relevant boxes and suitcases, just incase.
Tape it up
Basically my boxes were full not too full but this I still had to squeeze the lids on to them and what I didn’t want, was for these to pop off in transit. We actually used a couple of different methods to fix the lids down; first up we wrapped them up in cellotape to make sure the lids were completely flush to the box, then we bought some cheap luggage straps and popped those around the boxes and finally we wrapped them up in what essentially was clingfilm just to make them a little more water tight. (just incase the worst was to happen)
These few tips were the ones that helped me in my quest to pack up my life and get it halfway around the world, I hope you find them useful and if anyone has any of their own let me know.
I’ll talk more about our shipping company in a later post but fingers crossed for now that the boxes arrive safely in New York… watch out for an update.