Two Tips for Your First International Move

Moving is always a stressful task, and this is especially true for individuals that are moving to a new country. For those that have limited experience with making international moves, it can be easy to make some simple oversights during the planning process that can cause the move to be more complicated than necessary. Fortunately, you can help to minimize these issues by keeping the following couple of tips in mind while you prepare for your move.

Plan to Be without Large Items for the First Several Days

If you are moving to a country that is located on the other side of an ocean, you may need to plan to be without your large items, such as beds and televisions, for at least several days. This is because these items will likely need to be shipped via boat because they will be too large to affordably ship on a plane. To help ensure that you are as comfortable as possible, you could use air mattresses for these days. If you have large pieces of medical equipment or other critical items, you may need to ship them ahead of time and use rental services to provide you with the needed items until you leave.

Consider Your Pet's Needs

A move to a new country can be a very stressful experience for your pet. In addition to the lengthy travel time, the pets will have to adjust to the new environment. For this reason, you may need to have the veterinarian prescribe sedatives or anti-anxiety medications to help your pet stay calm during this process.

Depending on the country, there may be strict regulations in place to prevent immigrants' pets from spreading diseases. As a result, you will need to present required paperwork. Failure to have this paperwork may result in your pet needing to be quarantined for several weeks, and this can drastically increase the stress of the move. Therefore, you may want to contact the embassy or immigration office to determine what paperwork, vaccinations, or other medical requirements your pet will need to meet.

If you will be moving to a new country, it is important to avoid some common oversights that can lead to avoidable complications. By ensuring that you plan to be without items that were shipped by boat for several days and considering the needs of your pet, you will be better able to ensure that your move is as pleasant as possible.

For more information about international moving, talk to a moving company such as Hollander Storage & Moving.