An international move can be equally terrifying and exciting, but if you take the right approach to the logistics of the move, the experience can be a bit more relaxing and a lot less scary. While there are a huge range of things to consider, here are the five key tips you need to keep in mind as you start to plan your move abroad.


Organization is key in any successful move, but it's even more important in an international move. Before packing or purging anything, sit down and draft a schedule. Start with your target move day and work your way backwards scheduling in tasks.

When tackling a project this big, it helps to break jobs into small pieces. For example, schedule organization and packing sessions by rooms or by categories (such as books or clothes), rather than trying to do it all in a day.

2.Identify Essentials

As part of your organization strategy, make a list of essentials. This list should include clothing, kitchen items, electronics (phones,laptops, etc.) and personal items that you, your family, and your pets need to survive for a few days. Ideally, your last night in the home, these items should be the only ones unpacked.

Additionally,if possible, these items should arrive at your new home when you do.However, depending on what you define as essential, you may need to be creative about this. For example, you may opt to take all your clothing and toiletries on the plane so you have them immediately at your new home.

However,if it's not possible to take the coffee pot and a couple other kitchen items on the plane, you may decide to do a little online shopping and have those items delivered to your new home before you get there. Your move will be a lot more comfortable if you make sure you have the basics at your new home when you arrive.

3.Pare Down Carefully

Many people use a move as an inspiration to purge unneeded possessions out of their lives, and that can be great. Additionally, some people like to pare down their possessions before a move so that they can save money on shipping and moving costs. Both of these strategies can work perfectly. However, you may want to embrace them carefully in an international move.

If you plan to get rid of your furniture in the United States and replace it at your destination, you should make sure you understand the market in your new home. Take some time to check out websites selling new or used furniture, or find other Americans in the area on forums or social media groups and ask about the shopping opportunities. This research can help you refine your budget and decide what to get rid of and what to keep.


With an international move, you have to deal with a number of issues that you simply don't face with a domestic move. Depending on where you are moving, your items may need to be inspected by customs officials,and your pets or plants may need to be quarantined for a certain period of time. Ideally, you should research all of these issues so you know exactly what to expect when you arrive.

5.Experienced Movers

To make navigating an international move easier, it can help to work with movers who have international moving experience.They can help with the "small" things such as numbering every box and making a list of its contents for customs officials,and they also help with the big things like getting all your stuff to the other side of the world.

Don’t try to tackle an international move on our own. Talk to Modern Movers today about your upcoming relocation.