Things to Leave Behind When Moving
make your moving abroad easier and less cumbersome
Moving abroad is a very frightening yet extremely exciting occasion. You are
changing much more than just your surroundings - you are also embracing a completely new culture and a way of life.
Just ask the people who are living
as expats in Vanuatu and they will confirm just how many obstacles
they had to surpass in order to get adjusted.
Moving abroad is a big change and you might be
what things to take with you and what things to leave
Read further to help you move on.
However, there seems to be one thing that's holding people back from making this
giant leap - the cost. Everyone knows that international relocation usually costs an arm and a leg.
If you are desperately looking for ways to cut the cost of your move, may we
suggest an extreme de-cluttering spree? All you have to do is figure
out which things to leave behind when moving abroad and you will significantly decrease your moving
Spoiler alert: you might have
trouble saying goodbye to so many of your precious belongings. But
there is no place for emotions when moving is concerned, as that will just distract you from what has to be done. Gear up with only
the bare necessities and you will have a much easier and cost-effective relocation.
How to decide which things to leave behind when moving
It might seem like a very difficult decision, but it really isn't
one. Have you not used the item in question in over a
year? That's a secure sign you need to leave it behind! Does your
item look like it has seen better days? Once again, you could probably benefit from leaving it home. And,
obviously, if an item is rugged, thorn or too small/big for your needs, don't even waste a second on thinking
whether to take it with you.
Taking old furniture with you is definitely out,
when you can get new one
in your new country, possibly costing you less than
transporting the old one.
Besides, if you have huge trouble throwing away items you are emotionally attached
to, you don't have to. There's always the option of keeping your valuable belongings in a safe storage
unit somewhere in your hometown. Of course, such a solution does
come with certain costs (your monthly lease), so you'll really have to weigh in all of your options.
No matter whether you decide to store your belongings, donate them or throw them
away for good, there are a few groups of items that will be a good place for you to start your de-cluttering spree.
After all, we are all guilty of overstuffing our
closets - to name just one of the things that are in dire need of a
A list of the things to leave behind when moving
One of the first things we advise you to leave for good is your worries! Usually,
everything always turns out great. Secondly, leave your closed-mindedness behind! Be open to trying out new things
and experimenting a bit. That's the best way to rid your household of all
the worries that come with international relocation. Well, one of the
best, as there's also learning all the facts about the country you are
moving to and being ready for what's to come. But when it comes to leaving physical things behind, here's what to
pay attention to.
As previously mentioned, we are all guilty of buying and owning too many clothing
items. You have to ask yourself whether you really need your old cheerleading uniform or your high-school football
jersey. And we all know what the right answer to that question is. So, be realistic! Pack only those items you really wear regularly and that, most importantly, still fit you like a
glove! After all, if you are moving to Vanuatu, where climate is tropical,
how many clothes do you really need!?
When it comes to clothes, pack lightly, even when
you are moving abroad.
You'll always find something much more appropriate at your new
Even if you want to bring all of your toiletries with you, you probably won't be
able to. You have to cross the ocean in a plane and there are very strict
regulations about transporting fluids. Leave everything but the real
essentials behind. You only need a toothpaste, soap, and shampoo to get you through those first two to three days
until you unpack and locate the nearest store. There are many stores and a few supermarkets in Port Vila, where you can
easily get toiletries you need.
If you are moving to Vanuatu, you will find stores
and supermarkets in Port Vila, with
food and other supplies coming from Australia, Asia and Europe, as well as local.
It goes without saying that whether you are relocating to the South Pacific Region or Japan, you will need to transport your furniture. Buying brand new sofas, chairs, end
tables, and everything in between is very expensive and it's something people do gradually. However, you have to be
reasonable. Do you really need to relocate your chair with a broken leg? Its expiration date has come and gone, and
now replacing it is a much more reasonable option than relocating it.
We understand that you might have some of your favorite foods just sitting in your
cupboard at the moment. So not getting to consume them will probably be unbearable for you. But you have to trust
us on this one - food is definitely one of the things to leave behind when moving abroad. Any
spillage will lead to total disaster, not to mention that all the food you
decide to transport will add to the overall weight of the cargo,
resulting in a steeper price. Probably much steeper than the cost of buying new food at your chosen destination
abroad. Wouldn't it be much better to say your goodbyes and donate your food? We believe you will make the right
Perishables such as food are always risky and
expensive to transport, not to mention
trying to import into another country, subject to quarantine and even
Take a look around your kitchen. How many small appliances do you see? Now, how
many of them have you used in the last six months? Packing for your international relocation is all about
downsizing and being practical. And do you think that packing the zucchini spiralizer that you use once a year is
an embodiment of practical? Just think about all the new foods and
traditions you are about to experience in the new culture and you
won't have a problem leaving your kitchen appliances behind.
You will be glad you downsized once everything is
The moment you see how much cheaper your international relocation was and how much
easier it is to unpack, you will be grateful you took the time to figure out which things to leave behind
abroad. Now you can work on
replacing them one by one or you can develop some new habits. The sky
is the limit for you right now!