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What items to get rid of when moving abroad

Posted on 26th August 2016


After careful consideration and meticulous planning, you have finally decided to take the plunge and move abroad. So, what happens next? The thought of moving all of your belongings overseas can be rather daunting, and it’s not until you start packing everything up that you realise how much stuff you actually have. As such, preparation is key when moving your belongings to a different country to ensure all of your possessions are packed up properly and transported safely in time for moving day.

As part of the packing process when moving abroad, you must get rid of any items you will not need at your new home. Some items are very expensive or bulky to move overseas, so this article will discuss what you should consider when packing to move countries.


First and foremost, you should take into consideration how far your items will be transported, as the further they have to travel, chances are the more expensive it will be. Long distance moves require strategic planning as it can be a large and complex process. As such, it’s important to look into what options are available to you so you can find the most cost-effective solution, from road and rail to plane and shipping.


Prior to moving anything, you must find out the exact cost of moving all of your items abroad to ensure you do not end up paying a hefty sum with unexpected costs. You should carefully compare the cost of shipping certain items with buying them abroad, as there may not be much variation between the two.

If you are not moving overseas permanently, the best option may be to put certain items you will not really need in your new home – such as seasonal items and family heirlooms – into storage. That way, you avoid having to waste time, effort and money shipping the items for the length of time you’ll need them in the country you are moving to.


Decluttering your home before packing up your belongings will stop you from having to pay to transport items you are likely to get rid of once you’ve unpacked in your new home, from old kids’ toys and clothes to DVDs and books. Don’t be afraid to be brutal when choosing which items to dispose of; you could even rope a family member or close friend into helping you with your closet cull!


Size is a very important factor to consider when moving abroad to ensure everything fits as it should in your new home, particularly if you are downsizing. Otherwise, you stand the risk of paying a lot of money to ship over large, heavy items which do not fit properly in your new place.

Not only that, you should take note of the amount of stuff you are transporting over, as you will struggle to find a place for all of your belongings if you have brought too much with you.


The country you are moving to and the method you use to ship your items can both affect the time it takes for your belongings to arrive at your new overseas home. As such, it’s worth checking with a professional removals company to find out the approximate timeframe, so you get an idea of the items you may be waiting longer for once you have moved in.


Whilst this may seem obvious, many often overlook the type of weather they will experience in the country they are moving to when packing to live abroad. As such, you should consider whether you will need to take seasonal items such as winter coats and summer clothes with you, as it may not be worth the cost of transporting them with you.

Prohibited items

Some items you are planning to take with you may not be legal in your new country, or it may be illegal to import them, so make sure you research thoroughly to check that you are not breaking any laws by accidentally bringing prohibited items with you.


Cars are very expensive to import to other countries, so you should decide whether you will need to use your vehicle in your new country before taking it over. It’s also worth noting that spare parts and repairs for your model of car may not be available in your new country, and your vehicle may not be as suitable to the climate or roads as it is the UK.

Furthermore, if you choose to ship your car over with you, the driver’s seat would likely be on the wrong side, so if you are moving to another country permanently, you may be better off buying a brand new vehicle while you’re out there.


It’s worth checking the compatibility of the devices you are taking with you as different countries use different plugs and voltages, so your electrical goods may not be able to be plugged in without an adapter. This is not as much of a problem for mobile phones as it once was, but you might need to check just in case.

New start

You may decide to think of this move abroad as an opportunity to have a fresh start and purchase some new things for your new life. After all, it’s not like you can’t buy plates and clothes in your new country – unless you’re going somewhere really remote!

The Whittle Group

Here at The Whittle Group, we have become experts in overseas removals to international and European locations. We start organising the moving process well in advance of moving day, ensuring a successful and stress free experience. We can facilitate all aspects of the move, from carrying out the initial survey to drawing up an itinerary and providing an efficient packing service.

For expert advice on how we can help you move abroad, or to find out more about any of our services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team today – we are always happy to help with any enquiry.


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