How do you know you are SMART packing guru?

You know you’re a packing guru when your boxes, luggage and house are so well-organized that even Marie Kondo would be impressed!

Here are 11 personality telltale signs you have the skills to pack your entire life and move abroad.

  1. The Minimalist: You’ve channeled your inner zen and decluttered like a pro. If it hasn’t sparked joy in the last year, it’s outta here! 
  2. Priority Power: Your essentials are packed and ready to roll, ensuring you won’t be caught without your trusty toothbrush or favorite lucky socks. 
  3. The Category Conqueror: Your boxes are labeled with such precision that even a blind bat could find the kitchen utensils. Color coding is your secret weapon! 
  4. Material Maven: You’ve invested in boxes strong enough to withstand an elephant’s tap dance, and you’ve got enough bubble wrap to make a life-size replica of the Statue of Liberty. 
  5. The Clothing Compressor: Vacuum-sealed bags are your new best friends, allowing you to fit an entire wardrobe into a single box. It’s like magic but without the rabbits! 
  6. The Rolling Rebel: Folding is so last season. You’re a rolling renegade, saving space and preventing wrinkles with every tuck and turn. 
  7. The Electronic Expert: Your gadgets are snuggled safely in their original boxes, complete with a labyrinth of labeled cables that would make an electrician weep with joy. 
  8. The Valuable Vigilante: Your most precious possessions are always by your side, ready to take on the world (or at least the airport security line). 

If you’ve ticked all these boxes, then congratulations! You’re a certified smart packing type, ready to embark on your international adventure with style and ease.

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George Nicola

George is a seasoned interior designer and property marketing strategist with over 13 years of experience. He specializes in transforming properties into visually stunning spaces, helping clients recognize the potential and beauty in each property. With an impressive international client base of exciting projects throughout Europe and America.

Preparing for a journey to a new country is an exciting chapter in life, but it doesn’t come without its challenges. One crucial aspect people struggle with is packing—to ensure belongings get there safely and efficiently.

In this short but insightful free guide, you can learn smart and effective packing strategies to make your international move a seamless and stress-free experience.

Start with Minimize, prioritize, organize

According to the moving and packing experts at Threemovers meticulous planning and execution are key to a successful international move. Minimizing your load, prioritizing essential items, and organizing belongings by category are foundational steps.

Let’s take a look at these packing tips in detail:

Open suitcase with clothes, a hat, sunglasses, and shoes, suggesting efficient packing for travel.
Open suitcase with clothes, a hat, sunglasses, and shoes, suggesting efficient packing for travel.

How to Minimize the Load?

The initial and pivotal step in ensuring a triumphant international move is to diligently minimize your travel weight. Take a thorough inventory of your belongings, conducting an honest assessment of what is genuinely essential. This relocation presents a golden opportunity to declutter your life, prompting you to contemplate selling, donating, or discarding items that have remained unused for an extended period.

Streamlining your possessions not only simplifies the moving process but also proves to be economically advantageous. Craft a detailed packing list enumerating indispensable items that you cannot part with, and be resolute in your decision-making process, as this meticulous curation sets the stage for a smoother, more efficient move abroad.

A person obscured by an enormous stack of clothing and a suitcase, standing against a plain background.
A person obscured by an enormous stack of clothing and a suitcase, standing against a plain background.

How to Prioritize Essentials?

Most simple packing tips ever!  After successfully paring down your possessions, the subsequent step involves the meticulous prioritization of essential items. These encompass indispensable elements such as crucial documents, sentimental keepsakes, and daily necessities.

Delicately pack these items separately, ensuring they remain easily accessible. This strategic approach not only safeguards these vital components but also guarantees that, in the event of delays or unforeseen issues during the move,you will possess the essentials required to comfortably initiate your new life.

Ponder on the creation of a personalized ‘survival kit,’ incorporating toiletries, a change of clothes, and crucial documents, meticulously curated to accompany you throughout the journey and serve as a comforting beacon in the transition to your new home.

An assortment of neatly folded clothing including sweaters, jeans, and t-shirts arranged in rows on a light background, demonstrating efficient packing strategies.
An assortment of neatly folded clothing including sweaters, jeans, and t-shirts arranged in rows on a light background, demonstrating efficient packing strategies.

How to Organize by Category?

To streamline the packing process, organize your belongings by category. For example, pack all your clothes together, all kitchen items together, and so on. This not only makes packing more efficient but also simplifies the unpacking process when you reach your destination.

Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to — this will save you a lot of time and effort on the other end.

To enhance your organizational prowess, consider using color-coded labels for different rooms; providing a visual guide that further expedites the unpacking process and ensures a smooth transition into your new living space.

How to Choose the Right Packing Materials?

Choosing the right packing materials is essential to ensure your belongings stay safe during an international move. Invest in high-quality, sturdy boxes and use bubble wrap or packing paper to protect fragile items like glassware and electronics, forget about used packing from a few years ago.

Don’t forget to seal your boxes securely with strong tape, reinforcing the bottom and top seams to prevent any mishaps during transit.

A person stacking and interacting with a large pile of cardboard boxes in various configurations against a white wall, demonstrating efficient packing strategies.
A person stacking and interacting with a large pile of cardboard boxes in various configurations against a white wall, demonstrating efficient packing strategies.

Invest in Quality Boxes

Investing in strong, high-quality boxes is the most important step to protect your belongings when moving internationally. When packing fragile items wrap them in bubble wrap or packing paper for extra protection.

Making sure to fill any empty space with crumpled newspaper or packing peanuts will stop items from shifting during transportation. After this step, it’s time to secure the boxes you’ve packed. To seal the boxes tightly use a high-strength tape that won’t break easily, and reinforce both the bottom and top seams with extra tape to make sure nothing falls out of them.

You must avoid low-quality packing. A common example is using old, worn-out cardboard boxes from your local grocery store. While these boxes may be readily available and seem like a cost-effective solution, they are often not sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of an international move and could leave your belongings vulnerable to damage.

A person entangled in bubble wrap while opening large cardboard boxes in a room illuminated by soft light, mastering efficient packing strategies for moving abroad.
A person entangled in bubble wrap while opening large cardboard boxes in a room illuminated by soft light, mastering efficient packing strategies for moving abroad.

Bubble Wrap and Packing Paper

You need to be very careful with delicate items such as glassware, electronics, and artwork since they could break if not packed correctly. To keep them safe from harm wrap them twice in bubble wrap or packing paper before placing them in a box. You should also fill any empty spaces left over after adding these items into the boxes with either crumpled newspaper or packing peanuts so they won’t move around during transit.

 
A man in beige clothing is tangled in white strings inside a cardboard box, appearing to struggle playfully with efficient packing.
A man in beige clothing is tangled in white strings inside a cardboard box, appearing to struggle playfully with efficient packing.

How to Seal and Secure?

If you want to protect your belongings you must pay close attention when sealing your boxes since this will prevent potential damage from happening while moving internationally.

Don’t try to save money by using cheap tape because it tends to break easily, making it a poor choice for securing bottoms and tops of the boxes effectively. Be mindful of how much stuff you add into each box so you don’t accidentally overfill one which risks both breaking open and being difficult to carry.

Strategic Packing for Clothing and Linens

To maximize quite literally every inch of space available for packing clothing and linens we suggest using vacuum-sealed bags as well as rolling clothes instead of folding them.

What are unique selling points in a house?

Unique selling points (USPs) in a house are features or characteristics that set the property apart from others on the market, making it more attractive to potential buyers. These features can vary depending on the location, style, and age of the home. Some common unique selling points include:

Vacuum-Sealed Bags

Clothing can take up an absurd amount of space if not packed correctly but there’s a way around this issue that many people don’t know about — vacuum-sealed bags. This type of bag will compress your clothes and flatten them out, taking up less space than usual. Since the bag is air-tight you won’t have to worry about moisture or dust damaging your clothing either. To maximize the benefits of using this bag roll your clothes tightly before shoving them in.

Roll, Don’t Fold

Using boxes instead of bags? No problem! You can still save a lot of space when packing with them by rolling your clothes as opposed to folding them. There are two benefits to doing this: wrinkling prevention and increased space for more belongings. Rolled clothes fit snuggly into corners and edges inside boxes which will allow you to shove more items in, just make sure heavier things are packed at the bottom while lighter ones go on top.

Electronics and Valuables

The items that matter most to you need extra care when being packed during international moves, here’s how:

Overhead view of an open box efficiently packed with a smartphone, smartwatch, and various tech accessories, surrounded by scattered items.
Overhead view of an open box efficiently packed with a smartphone, smartwatch, and various tech accessories, surrounded by scattered items.

Back Up Your Data

Whenever you can, put electronics in their original box. If you don’t have the boxes anymore grab some high-quality padded ones. Label them as fragile and indicate which way is up to ensure careful handling. Smaller things like cables and chargers should be packed in ziplock bags.

Carry your most cherished things with you

For valuable items like jewelry, important documents, and sentimental keepsakes it’s advisable that you carry them with you instead of shipping them along. This ensures that these items are under constant supervision by you so they’re less likely to get lost or taken. Keep all your valuables in a secure travel bag that’s always on your person.

Pack heavy items as the pros do

When it comes to packing heavy items like books, tools, or kitchen appliances, it’s essential to take a cue from the professionals.

Start by selecting the right box size – choose smaller boxes for heavier items to make them more manageable and to avoid overpacking, which can lead to boxes breaking during transit.

Next, place the heaviest items at the bottom of the box, creating a stable base. This technique not only prevents the box from becoming top-heavy and tipping over but also ensures that your fragile items (which should be placed on top) won’t be crushed under the weight of the heavier objects.

Person demonstrating efficient packing strategies by holding a large stack of cardboard boxes, obscuring their face, against a plain white background.
Person demonstrating efficient packing strategies by holding a large stack of cardboard boxes, obscuring their face, against a plain white background.

Next, place the heaviest items at the bottom of the box, creating a stable base. This technique not only prevents the box from becoming top-heavy and tipping over but also ensures that your fragile items (which should be placed on top) won’t be crushed under the weight of the heavier objects.

Don’t forget to fill any empty spaces within the box using packing paper, bubble wrap, or even towels and linens. This will prevent your items from shifting during the move and minimize the risk of damage. Once your box is packed, seal it securely with strong packing tape, making sure to reinforce the bottom and top seams for added protection.

 

Clearly label your boxes with their contents and the room they belong to, and mark them as “heavy” so that your movers can handle them with extra care. By following these simple yet effective techniques, you’ll be packing like a pro in no time!

 

What to do if you are too lazy to pack?

If you find yourself too lazy to pack for your international move, don’t worry – there are solutions!

Consider hiring professional packers who will do all the hard work for you, so you can sit back, relax, and dream about your exciting new adventure abroad.

Just make sure to provide them with clear instructions and a list of your most treasured items, so they can handle your belongings with the care they deserve.

 
Woman in white top and denim shirt lying on a bed with a suitcase, smiling, holding a straw hat, with a passport and another hat nearby, mastering efficient packing strategies for moving abroad.
Woman in white top and denim shirt lying on a bed with a suitcase, smiling, holding a straw hat, with a passport and another hat nearby, mastering efficient packing strategies for moving abroad.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling a sudden burst of energy (or guilt), try the “pack a little every day” method. Set aside just 30 minutes each day to tackle one small area of your home, such as a single drawer or shelf. Before you know it, you’ll have made significant progress without even realizing it!

📅 Remember, slow and steady wins the race – even when it comes to packing for your big move abroad.

This is How to start and become a packing master

Moving to another country is a huge deal indeed, but if done smartly there are ways to make it easier. By minimizing possessions, prioritizing what needs to be moved first, organizing everything before packing it, choosing the right materials for each item, and using strategic packing methods one can ensure safe travels for their belongings while moving abroad.

Take your time planning out how your going to pack everything and how much space it will really need when fit into boxes safely so that way when the time comes to actually do it the process will go smoothly!