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5 Best Tips for Moving Your Family out of the Country

You and your family are about to embark on a great adventure. You’re ready to move your family overseas. It is exhilarating and nerve-wracking at the same time. You have a big to-do list ahead of you. It is easy to become overwhelmed by all of the details. The first thing you can do is get your ducks in a row. Prioritize what needs to be done. Take five of the best tips for making the big move to another country.

1. Organize Your Move

One of the best ways to make any move go smoothly is to start planning as soon as possible. Pick your moving date. You should choose a date that coincides with the earliest date that you can move into your new residence. Work with your international moving service to handle anything that is being transported overseas. Arrange for a reputable storage unit for anything that will remain in the United States, such as your furniture. If you don’t plan on keeping your furniture and other items, sell them or give them away. Start packing early. Be highly selective with what you choose to bring with you to keep your shipping costs down. Begin with non-essentials. Label your boxes clearly. Save your necessities for last. Be sure to pack must-have items in your carry-on bag, such as toiletries, clothing, medication, cash, and credit cards. You can also make arrangements with someone in your new destination to fill your pantry with non-perishable items to take the stress off your arrival. If possible, choose a house or apartment that is pre-furnished. You can always look into new furniture once you are settled.

You should also make sure you have made arrangements for school if you have children that will need to be enrolled where you are moving.

2. Find Out How Auto Transport Services Work

You have two choices when it comes to having an automobile in your new country. You can sell your current vehicle in order to buy one overseas or your car can make the move with you. If you don’t want to get involved with buying a car in your new destination or you are attached to your vehicle, you will need to look into car shipping costs. Get in touch with a reputable auto transport company, explain your needs, and get a quote. If the terms are agreeable, your auto transport service will take care of getting your vehicle to your new country. Plan accordingly and your vehicle will be waiting for you upon arrival.

3. Think About Your Mailing Address

Receiving mail, especially important documents, maybe challenging overseas. You may want to begin by establishing a mailing address in the United States. A post office box can suit your needs. You can entrust a close friend or family member to check your box frequently until you are ready to transition all mailings to your new country. You may even decide to keep your post office box as a precaution. You also have the option of going digital. All bills, banking, and correspondence can be online. Family members can use social media or e-mail to stay in touch.

4. Make Sure Everyone Has a Valid Passport

Your entire family will need current passports in order to travel abroad. You should plan on applying at least a month before your move. Due to the global pandemic, processing for passports has experienced delays. The earlier you apply, the better. If you experience any difficulties in receiving your passports, you should contact a passport agency near you to look for solutions.

5. Research Any Vaccinations Required in Your New Country

Every country has unique requirements for vaccinations prior to entry. You can see your primary care physician to take care of any mandated shots. This is also a good time to have a physical, arrange for an extra supply of prescriptions, and ask for printed copies of health records for your family. You may even be able to arrange for mail-order prescriptions if you are concerned about getting them filled abroad.

Being prepared is the best way to get ready for your international move. If you are relocating for a job overseas, ask your employer about valuable resources you can connect with once you arrive. Remember that you are not an island. Don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way.

Tim Esterdahl

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