Part of the process of moving to London will be packing and storage before leaving one’s home in the States. Packing for an international relocation is a lot more complicated than a local move. Families need to be fairly organized to make sure that when they’re unpacking in their new rental they’re able to settle in as fast as possible.

  • The Goodie Box: This is a box that contains essential items that will be needed immediately like a first aid kit, some snacks from home, toiletries and prescriptions.  For families with small children making sure to include favorite toys and movies are good to include as well.  One idea that many people moving to London don’t consider until it’s too late is to include fresh, clean linen in the international goodie box. That way, even if one’s not finished unpacking at the end of a long day they can slip into bed without having to hunt through the many boxes to find clean sheets!
  • Pack Wise: Americans moving to London shouldn’t overload boxes for transport. It might be fine when the moving company is in charge of them, but when families have to heft them up three flights of stairs to their new London apartment, they’ll appreciate the value of packing light. For those who do have to pack really heavy items, pack them in smaller boxes to try and distribute the weight.
  • Use linen and towels to wrap breakables; that way two items are packed at the same time.  By using large containers such as pots to put smaller items in families save space and money especially when they’re paying by the box. Also important to remember is to check if electrical appliances will work when living in London. Getting conversions done is expensive and a waste of time. If it won’t work, leave it behind!
  • Label ALL of boxes according to what room they need to go into. If there is time to list all of the contents, do it on a separate spread sheet and categorize boxes by number as well.

Americans moving to London shouldn’t try to do everything in one day when trying to get settled in. Rather, they should take frequent breaks and spend some time in the new neighborhood. Everyone will be stuck into the daily grind of work and travel soon enough when living in London.

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