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If you've just been offered a job overseas, you might be excited about the prospect of living abroad. You're going to be experiencing a whole new world, including new food, new friends and new housing. Before you embark on your new adventure, you're going to need to take care of some basics – such as packing for your move. If you're not sure where to start with an overseas move, your excitement may turn to overwhelming stress. Here are three steps that will help you take some of the stress out of a long-distance move.


If you're moving overseas, you're probably not going to be able to take all of your belongings with you. That's where downsizing comes in. Make a list of the things you can't live without. Those will be the items you take with you when you move. Once you have your must-haves set aside, it will be time to sort through one more time.

This time you're going to make two separate lists. The first list will contain the items that you're going to place in storage. The second list will contain the items that you're going to discard.  By sorting through your belongings before you move, you'll be able to reduce the amount of personal belongings you'll need to ship, and you'll be reducing the amount of belongings that you'll need to place in storage. Once you know what will be coming with you and what will be staying, you can use the help of moving services to get everything where it needs to go.

Plan Ahead

When it comes to shipping your personal belongings overseas, you should know that you're probably going to arrive before your shipping crates do. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, you'll probably be flying, which is faster than the shipping vessels your belongings will be traveling on. Second, once your shipping crates arrive, they'll be held in customs while the paperwork is processed.

That means you're going to be without the bulk of your property for a while once you arrive. To make sure you have the essentials, pack clothing and personal hygiene items in luggage that will travel with you. If you or a family member requires prescription medication, be sure to keep that with you.

Learn the Basics

Before you begin your journey, you should learn the basics about the country you'll be moving to. Some of the information you should find out about include the difference in voltage between the two countries, as well as the type of currency they use. Knowing the basics will help you adjust easier. It will also make it easier for you to pack. For instance, if the voltage is different, you won't need to take your blow dryer.

If you're going to be moving overseas, you'll need to be prepared. Use the information provided here to make your move a bit easier.