How to plan and pack for your move overseas

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A complete guide to organising your packing ready to move abroad

Home is where the heart is even if you can’t remember which box you packed it in!


Launching a new book (my first!) from ExpatChild. Who would have thought the art of packing could turn into a book? Currently available as on Kindle and a PDF download and am working on other formats. (The Kindle version is also available via your local Amazon – just search 🙂 , the links take you the UK store)

How to organise your packing and decluttering to help make your move abroad a success from the start

The key to a relatively stress-free move is to start planning as far in advance as possible.

book cover how to pack to move houseThis eBook will guide and support you as you make your first steps to your new life abroad. Those first steps are the actual moving part; the sorting out, packing up and relocating your home to a new place overseas. And that’s what this book concentrates on: efficiently planning your packing.

You’ll discover how to sort out which items to take with you, which to leave behind and how to get everything to your new country. And your arrival at your new home isn’t forgotten either, with tips on how to help your children settle into their new home – and you too!

Preparing to move overseas with your family can seem overwhelming at times. It is both exhilarating and daunting at the same time. There’s just so much to organise and plan.

Your journey to expat life actually starts before you leave your current home. You need to research your destination, and work out what to take and what to leave behind.

And it’s not just all about what to pack either. You’ve also got to tackle how to pack, and who will help you move all your gear to your new home abroad. I’ll take you through the different steps you need to take to get your home sorted out, decluttered and packed up ready for your move abroad.

And what happens when you first set foot in your new home country? There are chapters on this topic too, including how to help your children settle quickly.

Click here to sort out your packing! Get the Kindle version


  • First Things First
  • Plan Your Packing
  • What to Pack and Where
  • What Else to Consider Moving?
  • Moving Overseas With Pets
  • Find an International Removal Company
  • What To Take and What To Leave Behind?
  • Declutter Before Moving Abroad
  • Decluttering Tips
  • Decluttering – Room By Room
  • Sort Out Your Paperwork
  • Relocation Stress and Children
  • Prepare for the In-Home Survey
  • Packing It Yourself
  • Preparing for Packing Day
  • Separate your Air freight, Luggage and Hand Luggage
  • It’s Packing Day!
  • You’ve Arrived. Now What?
  • First Days In a New Home
  • The Arrival of Your Container
  • The Arrival of Your Pets
  • Settling Into Your New Home


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  1. I found it interesting how you mentioned how your journey to move overseas starts before you leave your current home. A friend of mine secured a nice job overseas but has been hesitant to move because he doesn’t know what it will be like across the ocean. I will definitely share this with him so that he can start the moving process with ease!

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