While, in many ways, moving to Australia will represent a fresh start in your life, there is a fair chance that you will want to bring many of your belongings with you. This means you will have to spend some time securely packing your belongings to ensure their safe arrival in Australia. Packing is never as easy as it sounds, so here are some key tips to ensure that your belongings are packed safely and securely for their trip to Australia.
- Space is a key consideration when packing, as in all likelihood, you will be paying for the space your belongings take up when they are shipped to Australia. Therefore, it is important to do everything to minimise space. This means that if furniture can be dismantled it should be. Many furniture units, like beds for example, can be disassembled, making them much easier to transport and pack into a tighter space. Similarly, drawers can be used to store small items – you can shrink wrap the drawers to ensure that all the contents you pack in them remains secure.
- Take extra care with fragile items. Liberal use of cardboard sheets, blankets and bubble wrap is recommended to ensure that fragile items are made as safe as possible. Be sure to remove any glass pieces from furniture and separately wrap them.
- Try not to overfill boxes. Large boxes should be filled with lighter items, while smaller boxes should be filled with heavier ones. Heavy boxes won’t withstand their own weight and may cause all sorts of health and safety issues when it comes to lifting them.
- Clearly label all your boxes. It’s a good idea to use a marking pen to label the side of the box – be as specific as possible – it will save a lot of anxiety when you come to the unpacking stage.
- Be careful with wooden furniture – shrink wrap tends to cause wood to sweat which may result in moisture stains. Look for alternative means such as cardboard or bubble wrap to protect the corners of your wooden furniture. If you have the time and want to give your wooden furniture that extra layer of protection, you can use a microfiber cloth to apply a layer of finishing wax to the furniture’s surface. This will give it more chance of withstanding any incidental scratches along the way.
- Don’t leave packing until the last minute. Ideally, you should commence packing a couple of months prior to the scheduled move. Start by packing the items that you rarely use (but wish to keep) and progress through to the items that you use on a daily basis.
- Make sure that everything you pack is squeaky clean. Australia has strict quarantine laws and furniture or belongings that appear dirty may not get past customs and you may find your belongings stuck on the dock awaiting clearance. Making sure everything is clean and free of dust, mould and insect infestation will save you lots of time and heartache.
Putting the time, tough and effort into packing is sure to pay dividends when you arrive in Australia.