7 Relocation hacks to help make your move easier

Whether you’re a first time mover or experienced traveller there is always a tip or two to learn before a big move. Which is why we’ve put together some of our top relocations hack to make your move easier and take away some of that unnecessary stress.

Think electronic

Everyone has a notebook or piece of paper with important information on it. For some people this can be pin numbers and passwords for others addresses and phone numbers of loved ones. Paper can be misplaced or accidentally thrown away in the madness of moving. Get one step ahead by typing up your important information into your phone or computer. Having a digital copy means it will be safely stored for travel and there and ready whenever you need it.

Put your health first

Research health insurance for your planned new home country. Speak to an expert about whether you’ll need to pay for coverage and their recommendations for whether you’ll need to organise this before you go. Knowing the right steps for your health coverage will be one less thing to worry about that will be so important to you and your loved ones going forward.

Pets abroad

If you own any pets or are thinking about getting one before you leave, look into the regulations around bringing pets into your new home country early. There is no one rule for all countries so spend some time investigating and seeking expert advice on any legalities needed to get your pet to arrive with you. After all a pet is part of the family too!

Plan ahead

Consider the time of day you’ll be arriving at your new home. Will it be very late? If so, be sure to pack food and drink for when you arrive as shops nearby could be shut for the night leaving you starving till morning! When travelling, consider what you’re going to need along your journey. Pack a bag of essentials – documents, chargers, toothpaste, spare clothes and medicines. This will also be a handy back up if you have an unplanned hotel stop along the way.

Organise for an easy arrival

Wires are a potential tangle situation waiting to happen. You can avoid the frustration of detangling at your new home by threading wires through toilet rolls. Confused by where the wires go in your TV and other electronics? Take a picture of the cable set up before disconnecting so when you arrive it will be easy to get up and running again. For the makeup wearers prevent your powder cracking by placing a cotton wool pad in between the powder and lid.  

Kids and moving

Include the kids when making plans for the relocation encourage them to search for local activities and places to eat when you arrive. Use this to plan your first family weekend when you arrive, giving you all something to look forward to. To keep them occupied during the move making a ‘moving package’ in advance. Include their favourite toys, books and snacks, and a world map to help them plot the journey ahead.

Lists to make your life easier

Lists are going to be extremely handy as you prepare for your move. With so many different things to consider and timeframes to work towards having everything written down will stop anything being missed. Group tasks by date and rate them (1- 3) based on priority in a format that works for you. Check it daily and you’ll work through the tasks in no time. Potentially facing a language barrier when you arrive? In the upcoming weeks keep a note of some of the phrases you’ll need in your first few weeks such as greetings, directions and ordering food. Also worth researching any phrases or gestures that are not appreciated in your new country!

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