• [:en]Relocating Overseas – What are the must brings[:de]Relocating To Singapore: What To Bring And Leave Behind[:]

[:en]Relocating Overseas – What are the must brings[:de]Relocating To Singapore: What To Bring And Leave Behind[:]

[:en]Are you planning on relocating soon? Well, here’s a fact: The relocation process begins as early as two months before your move. Therefore, it is important to begin the packing process early. 

When making plans to move, many aspects have to be covered. One of them includes packing for the long-haul trip. Indeed, packing is tedious and sometimes overwhelming. Nonetheless, your stress can be reduced through meticulous planning beforehand. 

To help you, we’ve compiled a list of the most important things you should carry along with you, and the ones you need to leave behind.

Carry Along

  • Drug Prescriptions

First, it is imperative that you carry along your personal medication. You can also include a doctor’s letter if necessary. This is to ensure that your health and medical needs are properly taken care of throughout your travel. Do ensure you check the health guidelines of your destination country to understand if special approval is needed from the authorities to bring in specific medication. 

  • Shoes

Next, you may also want to consider bringing your shoes along with you. There are vast differences in shoe sizes all around the world. Furthermore, shoe sizes for men that are US12 and higher, as well as US9 and more for women, may be harder to find. Thus, you may want to start settling your shoes early and stocking up on ideal pairs to bring with you. For more tips on packing your shoes, check out this article.

  • Clothing

Prior to travelling, it is important to research the weather in your destination country, and pack accordingly. If you’re relocating to a hot and humid country, such as Singapore, it would be advisable for you to pack shorts and t-shirts along. However, if you are planning to relocate to colder countries, do ensure you pack enough clothing to beat the cold weather.

  • Travel Adapter

Power plugs and sockets differ across countries. This is why we recommend bringing a few power adapters with you, so that you can charge your electronic gadgets without having to spend money on new chargers. 

Leave Behind

Relocating is also a good time to leave some of your existing belongings behind, ranging from holey clothing to prohibited items in your destination items. To find out more about what you should or shouldn’t bring, check out this article

Conclusion

Indeed, the relocation process is not an easy one. However, hiring a moving  professional that offers international relocation services can significantly reduce your stress. Moovaz is a team of removalists from Singapore. If you’re ever embarking on a moving journey, we’d be more than honoured and happy to join you.[:de]Are you from the West? Do you have plans to move to Singapore? If you’ve answered “yes” to both questions, then you’re in the right place!

When making plans to move, many aspects have to be covered. And one of it includes packing your suitcase for the long-haul trip. Although packing can be pretty overwhelming process, your stress can be reduced through thorough research, hiring international packers and movers, and meticulous planning.

With the current COVID-19 situation, your relocating plans might have been put on hold. However, that’s not to say that you can’t read up and prepare yourself in advance! So, here’s a guide on what exactly you should and shouldn’t bring before making your way to Singapore.

What to bring

We may be a little red dot on the world map, but you can find practically everything here.  Aside from the popular international brands that have set up their base in different parts of the world, including Singapore, our local homegrown brands are also making a name for themselves in the global spotlight. E-commerce is also booming in the country – so you won’t have to fret about buying things online and getting your purchase shipped in. With that said, you’d need some personal belongings to pack along with you so you can settle in immediately and comfortably.

1. Personal medications

While travellers are advised to carry their prescriptions with them, a doctor’s letter is highly recommended as well. Health Sciences Authority (HSA)’s approval is required for bringing in specific medication containing strong narcotics and the like.

2. Shoes

For those with larger feet, you might need to take into account the vast difference in shoe size charts. To illustrate, shoe sizes for men that are US12 and higher, as well as US9 and more for women, may be challenging to find. So, you may want to start settling your shoes early and stocking up on ideal pairs to bring with you.

3. Appropriate clothing and underwear

Aside from the occasional monsoon season, Singapore remains hot and humid almost throughout the year with an average temperature of 31º C (88º F) in the day. Hence, it would be best to pack accordingly. But if you plan to travel to cold countries over the holidays, consider bringing along some winter clothes. Also, plus-sized clothes and Western-sized underwear may not be as readily available here so make sure to stock up on that as well!

4. Travel adapter

The most common power plugs and sockets you’ll see in Singapore are of type G, also known as the ones with three square prongs. The standard voltage and frequency are 230 V and 50 Hz, respectively. We recommend bringing a few power adapters so you can charge your electronics without having to spend money on new chargers.

What to leave behind

What may be a norm to you, could be against the law in Singapore, which is why it’s imperative that you’re aware of these set of restrictions. We also provide a guide on other types of belongings that you should reconsider packing for relocation.

1. Prohibited items

Chewing gum is one of the few prohibited items in the country (this excludes HSA-approved dental and medicated gum). Among others are chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products (such as electronic cigarettes) and firecrackers.

Objects that resemble dangerous weapons, like a cigarette lighter in the shape of a pistol and toy guns, can be considered a violation of customs laws too. Even kitchen knives and handcuffs can be a red light. On the other hand, controlled goods may be permitted with the required license or authorisation from the respective Competent Authorities (CA). This includes fish and seafood products, bulletproof clothing, and pre-recorded cartridges and cassettes. Check the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website for more information.

2. Expired or old items

On a lighter note, this is a good time to purge all your existing clothes and belongings. If it’s been a long time since you’ve worn your holey sweater, it would be much appropriate to discard it away. If the items are still in good condition, you can always donate and find a new home for it. Medicines and beauty products also go bad – they have expirations dates so be sure to check them regularly for your own safety.

3. Broken or damaged items

Get rid of your broken furniture before making the move. If you haven’t gotten it fixed or repaired by now, chances are you won’t have the time to do so later. If it is rusty, missing a piece, it is best to leave it behind. It might also encounter more damage during the transit and may not be durable as it was before to withstand the shipping process.

Conclusion

Amid the chaos that comes with packing, you also need to ensure that your packed items stay within the limited weight range. However, hiring a moving professional that offers international relocations services to aid in your relocation process can help tackle this issue! Moovaz is a team of removalists from Singapore. If you’re moving any bulky or large items or pieces of furniture, you can leave the moving and packing process to our team of movers as you focus on settling down.[:]

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