5 Tips for Emigrating with your family?
5 Tips for Emigrating with your Family: in collaboration with World Baggage.
A few years ago, my husband and I were living in Sydney with our baby daughter. I’m from the UK originally and we had just got back from a brilliant 1 month holiday there, staying with my parents.
We had such a good time, catching up with family and friends, enjoying the British summer and travelling around. It was hard to come back to Australia, as much we we loved it.
So we made the decision in early 2014 that before our daughter was school age, we would go back to the UK for 1-2 years. It would give us time to enjoy the UK but then get back to Australia and settle before we needed to enroll her in a school.
We sold our house, put our things in storage (thanks friends and family for storing our things!) and off we went.
It was the best decision we ever made – we had a great time with the family, we even bought a little house to live in while we were there. We both got jobs and it was a lovely ‘working holiday’.
After 18 months (and one more baby!) we decided that it was right time to come back to Australia so we set about the challenge to get our UK things back there.
In just 18 short months, we had accumulated SO much stuff! We sold off our furniture and gave a lot of baby things to friends and family but we were still left with a lot that we really wanted to bring back with us.
We had a 30kg baggage allowance each with our airline but ended up with 3 very heavy, very large suitcases over that allowance.
All parents will know how much ‘stuff’ babies and small children have and so much of this extra baggage was baby things we would need back home. Oh, and a little bit of shopping from me of course!
We weighed the suitcases and they were 30kgs each. I hopped onto the airline to price up how much they would charge us for 90kgs excess baggage. Um, it was a LOT. We quickly ruled that option out.
So the next call was to an excess baggage company. For a much lower fee, they would pick up the cases from our house in the UK, fly them to Australia, put them through Customs and then courier them to a residential address in Australia for us – perfect.
In fact, the cases ended up getting to Australia before we did!
It was such a smooth service and I’d definitely recommend anyone else emigrating to look into this option for moving your things.
If you’re considering emigrating with your family, here are some quick packing tips that might make things easier for you:
1. Start early
Don’t leave packing until the last minute, start as early as possible. If you are selling any items before you leave, you should give yourself as much time as possible in order to get the best price for your things. Otherwise, you might end up ‘panic selling’ in the last few days.
This might be inevitable for some items that you will need to keep using until the last minute.
2. Be ruthless
Before you decide what household or personal items you want to take with you, ask yourself “do I really need this?”. You might find that the cost of repurchasing some items in your new hometown is much cheaper than the cost to transport them.
While you’re packing up your things, you can also use this opportunity to discard those items that are no longer in use.
3. Enlist the help of friends
If, like us, you are only emigrating for a short period of time then see if your friends and family might store the items you are not taking with you. Much cheaper than paying for self-storage!
4. Research your airline baggage allowance
If you’re travelling with your small children, most airlines will allow you to bring extra items for them free of charge such as travel cots, strollers, car seats etc.
We really made the most of this, we packaged 2 strollers together as one and stuffed a lot of toys into our travel cot carry case! Bringing our car seat also meant that we would get a taxi easily to and from each airport without having to wait for a taxi that carried their own car seat.
5. Pack carefully
If you’re going to the trouble and cost of transporting your personal items, the last thing you want is to unpack them and find they’re damaged. You can find some great packing tips from the pros at World Baggage here.
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