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.
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.
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 professional that offers international relocations services to aid in your relocation process can help tackle this issue! Moovaz is a team of relocation experts headquartered in Singapore. If you’re moving household items, chat with your friendly Relo Buddy – your personal relocation consultant to ensure you get a suitable quotation according to your move.