3 Things You Shouldn’t Bring With You During Temporary Moves

Posted by on Jan 11 | 2016

Temporarily moving abroad is often a requirement for work. Perhaps you are needed to launch a new product, consult with your overseas headquarters, or work on a special project. Regardless of the reason, if your move has an end date, it is only temporary. Preparing to pack for a temporary move is much different than a permanent move in that you can pick and choose what to take or leave behind.

What Not To Bring When You Move

First, there are some factors to consider:

  • Exactly how long is your period of stay?
  • What season will it be/what is the climate in your new destination?
  • Will you be subletting your house or apartment at home? Does your office have a relocation company they are working with to help you, or are you expected to find housing on your own?
  • Can your residence at home stay furnished?
  • Do you need to rent a storage unit?

After you consider these factors, it will be easier to determine what to take and what to leave behind.

As always, moving is the perfect opportunity to purge any old or unwanted items that you’ve been hanging on to.Purging can also be lucrative if there are goods that you can sell before your big move. Additionally, you’ll need to decide if and what you need to put into storage. The following are 3 things you should consider not bringing with you during a temporary move:

  1. Furniture
  2. Depending on your length of stay and accommodations abroad, it is most likely that you will not need to bring any furniture with you. Plus, furniture is super expensive to ship and since your stay is temporary, there is no need to haul your couch abroad for six months!

  3. Bulky Items
  4. Large items can be left at home as they are expensive to ship and may not be necessary to bring along for a temporary move. Items such as large bedroom sets, motorcycles, large appliances, etc… should definitely be left at home.

  5. Seasonal Clothing
  6. Depending on the new climate your are moving to or during what seasons your move will take place, you can probably leave most of your clothing at home. Only bring along the essentials for the seasons you will be residing abroad.

    In addition, carefully select the clothing items that you know you will be wearing during your time away. For example, if you are there for business, you may not need to bring an abundance of casual clothes.

When it comes to deciding what to pack or leave behind for your temporary move, consider leaving the above mentioned at home. If there is anything that you have forgotten that you find to be essential once you have settled into your new environment, we live in a globalized world where things will be easy for you to buy in your new destination. Whether purchasing at your new location or shopping online, you’ll be able to find what you need quickly.

When it comes time to pack for your move, break down the essentials: Think about exactly what you will and won’t need to be comfortable, healthy, and productive. Take only the important essentials!



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