Let’s Move Tonight
There’s a first time for everything, and sending something through transport companies is no exception. The first time is usually the worst, for obvious reasons. Who wouldn’t be kept up by the fact that total strangers just took hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars of your stuff, and you even paid them to do it?
It can be nerve-wracking to anxiously wait through the weeks for the addressee to confirm that he or she received the items in good condition. True, there are some risks involved when using international moving companies, but you can personally take steps to mitigate a lot of them for a stress-free wait.
Make Sure you’re Protected
It’s certain that the items you’re sending are of value, be it sentimental, monetary or otherwise. It would be nothing short of traumatic if you sent a whole box of items only to find out that they got destroyed in transit.
To prevent this, minimize the number of breakables in what you’re shipping. If it’s absolutely necessary to have breakable items sent, pack them in a box and then wrap them in newspapers or bubble wrap. You can further protect breakables and other delicate items by putting them in a small box stuffed with Styrofoam pieces that will absorb some of the shock. Wrapping up items, particularly ones of value, also helps protect your possessions from avaricious eyes.
Nonsolid substances could be another problem. Items like shampoo, toothpaste and perfume could wreak havoc on the rest of the box because their packaging wasn’t made with the wear and tear of international shipping in mind. If you have to send items like that, individually put them in airtight containers or Ziploc bags so that they don’t make a soggy mess of the rest of the stuff.
Big, bulky furniture items are tricky. What you can do is wrap them in soft fabric to protect them from scratches. If possible, you should tie or secure them in place to minimize movement and thus the chance that they’d fall and break – or damage other things when they fall.
To protect the shipping container in general, try padding the edges with clothing or magazines. Fabric and paper are great shock absorbers, and they will also help pack the rest of the contents tightly, minimizing air pockets where items could move and shake around.
The best strategy is, of course, to minimize items that are delicate or have a high value. If you really have to move those kinds of items, research ahead and look for reputable international movers who can guarantee that your things will get where they’re headed in one (functional) piece. There are also those that offer insurance for a little extra, to safeguard against any untoward incidents during transit.
Properly moving items, especially across great distances, will take planning and strategizing because of all the risks such a move entails. Remember, an hour’s worth of preparation is much better than a week’s worth of calls to customer relations.