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How to Pack and Load for an easy International Move

By James

Knowing how to pack and load for an international move is a significant challenge. This is true both for commercial and residential moves, however, we find residential to be a little more taxing.

This is because people want to hold onto their personal possessions and move them safely and securely. That is what we help you do here at Liffey Moving. Though of course there are always ways for our customers to help.

To protect your household goods from damages, there is a need to ensure safe packing on your part, allowing us to load for an international move safely and securely. Of course, we will assist you every step of the way, here are a few tips to help you plan an international move.

Packing for an International Move

When preparing for an overseas move, the first thing you would want to do is find a suitable international moving company, just like us. We have been in the international packing and loading industry for over 20 years, we have partnerships throughout the continental US and Europe allowing us to provide affordable international moving options and solutions for our customers.

We can provide you with assistance on the packing phase, however, our speciality lies within the loading, transport, and logistics of your move. Just let Liffey Moving know when and where you need assistance, and we are always happy to help.

International packing tips to keep in mind.

1.   Sorting items

You can start by sorting out items that you do not need to pack for your international move. There is always going to be a store in which to buy your kitchen utensils, foodstuff and other items we have seen unnecessarily packed for an international move.

It is safer to leave such unneeded items behind in case you run into difficulties concerning food, medicine, and chemicals etc.

Should you be unsure of what items to not pack for your international move, let Liffey Moving know and we should be able to find the right answer for you.

Don’t forget the less you pack, the lower your cost as many freight companies are based on weight.

2.   Ensure You Use New Boxes

When packing fragile household goods, you should ensure that you use only new solid boxes. The box should be well sealed with durable duct tape. The cartons should be taped across the top as well as on the sides and bottom. You can enhance the safety of fragile kitchenware by wrapping them with extra packing paper. Also, use old newspapers to fill in space in between. Bubbles wraps should do the job perfectly.

For any of your international move packing supplies, most can be supplied by Liffey Moving. We take care of these small aspects to ensure you have quality products to ensure the safety of your items.

3.    Pack According to the Type

Correctly packing and labelling helps us tremendously when loading for an international move. Correct labels and packing ensure that we load your items in a secure manner and within the same room area, making unpacking easier in the future.

If you are going to move electronics such as a fridge, you should unplug them a day in advance. You can even refer to the user manuals for proper handling measures. In the case of furniture, you can wrap the edges to prevent chipping.

Liffey moving will help disassemble most items to help you with your move. International moving requires precision and patience something we also supply at no extra cost.

4.   Set Aside Personal Items

While sorting items, you should ensure that all your personals are set aside to be near you in transit. This is vital because the shipping company may take time to deliver your items. Important documents such as passports should be set aside to avoid mix-ups when moving.

Loading for an International Move

Liffey moving takes care of all the loading for your international move and the transport logistics. We can help you arrange a container for your international move, and we can also provide alternative options should this not be suitable.

Our normal packing process for shipping containers involves starting from the back of the container, with lighter loads being at the top. We secure your boxes by fastening them on the container walls prevents them from moving. Cardboards are often used to ensure goods don't rub or knock against each other when the container moves.


Before you embark on an international move, ensure you understand the charges and policies regarding specific loads. This could include recommended cargo weight.  All in all, packing and loading are the key to keeping your items in perfect condition during an international move.

If you would like to read some more packing tips, here are 5 more packing tips to help you.

Article written by James

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