If you are moving abroad, whether for business or pleasure, it is important that you realise it makes a lot more economic sense to ship your belongings, as cargo or a container, and not exceed your flight allowance. Therefore, you need to have all of your essentials for the first three weeks (for cargo) in a suitcase and hopefully this article will enlighten you on what those essentials are.
On the other hand, depending on the age of the children, they will probably need to take toys or some other form of amusement with them as essentials for those first three weeks. When it comes to toys, you are going to want to ensure your child is able to be as comfortable as possible in their new surroundings – especially if they have no friends out there and may not know the language. Therefore, one of the first things that must go in that case is their favourite toy or night time cuddly animal. Books and other games – especially if you don’t think it is something you’ll be able to get out there – are also essentials for amusement in those first few weeks. They may not be starting school straight away after all.
If you are investing in new toys and games there is no harm in this but try your best not to buy duplicates. It might seem like the most important thing in the world to have another copy of the third Harry Potter at this moment but actually you have another already on the way and you can wait. When moving home abroad, be aware of the weather and do thorough research. You won’t need to bring a full four seasons worth of clothes for your child’s wardrobe but definitely check for things that will affect clothing. You will be responsible for the way your child looks and their comfort. It might be that you are arriving in the summer but the nights are bitterly cold so you’ll need a couple of jumpers and a pair of jeans as well as the summer wardrobe.
Also, look into the cultural or behavioural necessities of the Country. Some may not allow anyone, even children, to be exposed above the shoulder or above the knee and you don’t want to have to buy the appropriate clothing when you have some on the way that you didn’t think to pack. Also, for three weeks you don’t need to worry about having separate toiletries for everyone in the family (unless it’s a medical necessity of course) so you can save on weight and packing space by having everyone using the same shampoo, conditioner, bodywash and toothpaste. The toothbrushes need to remain on a one per person basis, I expect. Therefore, think of this suitcase for a child the way you would pack them for a holiday. The big things will follow on later and it is only the essentials that take precedence for these first few weeks. Enjoy the big move and make sure the children enjoy it too.