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6 things you should not bring when moving from the US to Australia

If you are moving from the US to Australia this year, we are here to prepare you for this relocation. Packing is usually the biggest part of any relocation. You will easily find a lot of useful tips on packing. If not, just download some of the available moving apps and you will find them there. One thing that people are not often talking about is what not to bring. That’s why you have us point you in the right direction. Also, there is no reason to bring every little thing along.

Less is more (1. leave furniture behind)

When it comes to relocating to Australia, the greatest advice we can give you is to keep things simple when it comes to packing. For those who know for certain that they’ll only be in Sydney for a few years, we strongly advise against shipping your entire household. Gumtree or Fantastic Furniture can help you outfit your new flat in Sydney at a low cost so, there is no reason to bring furniture.

Additionally, there are now two Ikeas in Sydney, along with Target and Kmart, where you can get everything from glasses to dishes at a fraction of the price. It can be a waste of time and money to ship half of our consignment from the USA to Australia.

A professional mover carrying a sofa as somebody is moving from the USA to Australia
It’s too expensive to bring furniture with you.

Decluttering is crucial (2. leave the mess behind)

You should be aware of the need of decluttering prior to moving. Before you move, you’ll need to get rid of all of your belongings¬†that you need or use. Why is that you ask? Just ask yourself do you even use everything in your home? Surely you (like all of us) have a lot of stuff just lying around and collecting dust. Those items you can live without and you should get rid of them. Then you need to ask yourself do you need every lamp, blanket and similar? Also, the more you bring the more your relocation will cost you so you also need to calculate the costs.

Everyone has at least a small amount of clutter in their home, and most of us have a lot more than that. Decluttering your home and cleaning up the mess is truly a technique to improve your well-being and it will help you with packing. You will have fewer items to pack.  Seventy-five percent of Americans, according to a study by Budget Dumpster, have decluttered their homes in the past year. So after you are done reading this you need to find some tips on decluttering as well as packing hacks.

Get familiar with Australian laws before moving from the US to Australia (3. leave camping gear behind)

You’ll pay a price if you don’t know about the quarantine regulations in Australia. The price can be quite big so make sure to read the rules thoroughly. Of course, if you are hiring a professional mover like they can give you some advice on this too. It’s important to know what you can and cannot bring to Australia before you begin packing, so check out the  AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service) website. Cleaning your possessions, especially shoes, motorcycles, camping gear, and barbecues, is an important consideration before packing. Anything that might be contaminated with dirt.

camping in Australia
Don’t worry, you can find amazing camping equipment gear in Australia.

Research Australia so you can know what not to bring (4. leave ski equipment behind)

Ok so, surely by now you research all the forbidden items. Most of them you already know. You won’t be bringing any poisonous items. If you haven’t researched this, now is the time. But that’s not the end. You need to research Australia and especially the city you are moving to so you can really know what you need and what you don’t. Depending on the weather, the size of your new home, and many other factors you will make decisions on what to bring and what to leave behind. Talk to the moving company of your choosing about this.

The best advice we have on moving from the US to Australia (5 leave bad habits behind)

Moving is a great way to start anew. This can be a perfect opportunity to leave all bad habits behind you and start new good routines. Some people use this as an opportunity to start working out more, eat better, read more books, learn something new, find new friends or focus on their mental health. No matter what you need to do you just need to find a new routine. It won’t be so hard since you will be in a new place and your new habits will be entirely up to you. Try to make the best possible decisions for you and your health. For example, once you arrive you will need to unpack and settle in. That process can be quite difficult and tiring. By hiring professional movers you can make it easier for you.

Hiring movers, in general, is always a good idea especially when you have to move internationally. All you need to do is turn to experts in the field and the whole process will be much easier.

A young woman waking up
This is a perfect time for a fresh start.

Last but not least (6 cancel your subscriptions and any ongoing transactions)

Sometimes people get so focused on details like choosing the right moving boxes, wrapping paper, and such that they forget about things like this. Luckily you have us to remind you. Think hard about what you need to do before you relocate. Who you need to notify and what you have coming to your address. This is one of the most common moving mistakes people make and we wanted to make sure you don’t. Even though it’s technically not a “thing you shouldn’t bring” with you when moving from the USA to Australia it’s a very important thing to remember.

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