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If you are one of the fortunate ones that haven't had to pack up an entire house or apartment and move yet and you have to do so, you aren't in for a whole lot of fun. Moving is a lot more work than most people realize until they are neck-deep in packing peanuts and moving boxes. My blog was created to help those first-time movers find their footing and create a plan that will make the process a little more easy. Take your time and peruse the included tips and hopefully, your big move won't be a big headache.

Self-Packing Tips For An International

Moving your valuables to another country requires some special considerations when you are packing your boxes, including:

Utilizing Hard-Case Luggage for Safe Packing of Breakable Items

While you may be tempted to place your clothing into your hard-case luggage, it is better to utilize these fabulous containers for transporting breakable items. Instead of filling your luggage with soft textiles that are not likely to be damaged in boxes, instead use the valuable protected space for your:

  • household electronics

  • game systems

  • tools

  • collectible items

If you have larger-sized items that need similar protection, you can use ice chests and large appliance void spaces in this same way. 

Using Wine Shipping Boxes for Glassware

Two of the most easily broken items during a move are kitchen items and collectible glassware. Thin and fragile glass items tend to crack and break no matter how well you wrap and try to protect them.

The easiest way to prevent breakage of glassware is to use the boxes that wine and liquor companies use to ship their products to retailers. These boxes are fit with thick cardboard dividers that work very well to protect glass and ceramic items from breakage.

You can ask local liquor and grocery stores to save their boxes for your upcoming move, and most stores will be happy to help you out. After your move, post on social media that you have the boxes available for the next person who is moving and this will recycle the boxes yet again.

Storing Your Hardback Books in a Horizontal Orientation

As your boxes jostle up and down in the container, your items will flex and move around. To prevent damage to your hardback book collection, stack your books on their covers and not on their spines or page ends. If your books are in a vertical position while they are in the moving truck, then their spines and bindings will become damaged from the movement of the truck.

Leaving Behind Items that are Illegal to Transport 

Finally, it is important that if you are self-packing for your container, then you need to know which items are not legal to transport to your country of destination. Some examples of items that are illegal to transport are:

  • exotic pets

  • plants

  • alcoholic beverages

In addition, there are some limitations about moving cleaning, home improvement, and garden chemicals as well.

You can speak with a representative with your international moving company to verify which items are illegal to transport to ensure that you are in compliance.

To learn more, contact a company like Allied International Hawaiian Islands