Whether vacationing or moving to a new country for a new job or new opportunities, there are several aspects that must be considered when moving one’s belongings to a new location. There are breakables to be packed, heirlooms to protect, and tens to hundreds of items that must be taken from one country’s borders to another. As it should, this can seem like a lengthy and elevated task. However, by following a few tips and outsourcing the help of a company specializing in international shipping, it is a task that can be made much easier – no matter where one may be moving to or from.
Arguably the most important belongings, one’s clothes, can be some of the most difficult pieces to pack. Due to the number, shapes, and volume that various pieces of clothing can take up, packing them is much more difficult than just filling a suitcase and calling it good.
To make the most of your packing efforts, use these simple steps when traveling or moving abroad:
– Getting over wrinkles: While no one wants to iron, wrinkles are practically unavoidable within such a long move. Lay more expensive clothing flat or place into a hanging container (which can then be put into an appropriately-sized box) for safe keeping. Plastic covers or even trash bags can be used to add an extra layer of protection. (Create by poking a hole for one’s hanger at the bottom of a large trash bag, then spread bag over clothing.) They may become wrinkled, but they’ll also be safe from elements or temperatures.
At this point, hangars can also be packed separately, while leaving clothes with a hanger can safe time later on. Choose whichever method you prefer before moving forward with the packing and loading process. You can also check with your hotel or town destination to see if they are worth packing along.
-Make use of space: While clothing may take up space, it’s fairly lightweight, making it the perfect companion to heavier objects. Combine clothing with books, dishes, etc. to reduce box or packaging weight. (Even if you’re not the one carrying them, it will help reduce moving fees and time.)
You can also use t-shirts to wrap breakable items or to fill in odd spots. This can cut costs on bubble wrap or other fillers.
-Label boxes: When moving, it can be hard to locate the correct items when we need them. Be sure to label each box (even if it’s only internally) to help find the right clothes right away. You can also number boxes, then keep a chart of what number equals which items.
-Keep like pieces together: While clothing may be somewhat universal when packing, keeping same seasons together can provide for easy location and a more time efficient unpacking.
From relocating to shipping items for a long vacation, packing one’s clothes is an important and time-consuming process. To help get the most out of these efforts, be sure to follow the tips above for maximum clothing efficiency no matter how long the move.
This post was provided by FourSeasonsDirect.com, your source for fashionable women’s clothing.
Guest post written by freelance writer and editor, Bethaney Wallace.