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We are moving (family of 4 with little children) from overseas

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We are moving (family of 4 with little children) from overseas to the US (Florida) and trying to think of all the things we need to do to prepare for the new place. The movers are coming at the end of the week and we are preparing to ship a several thousand pounds back to the states. We will have a large shipment and smaller shipment that gets there sooner with most needed items. Are there some good websites or general advice to help us? For example, for the two or three months of transition what are the most important things we need to ensure we have with us in our suitcases? and what should be in the shipment that arrives first (maybe within six weeks) compared to the larger shipment that will arrive in several months?

Thank you a bunch!
Hello, and welcome to Just Answer!

I think you will find the tips at the following websites helpful:

Because you have already received many tips from your moving company and friends, there might be information you already know, and also new information, at these sites.

This is what I would suggest you take with you in your suitcases: personal items, toiletries, medications, landline and/or cordless phone (with adapter for U.S. outlets), answering machine, if you have one, laptop computer, favorite toys and bedding for the children, bedding for you, clothing that will be suitable for warm weather and cooler weather; also, rain gear like raincoats, boots(?) and umbrellas for all. I live in South Florida, and you didn't mention what part of Florida you would be moving to, but the northern part of the State is typically cooler than the southern part. Right now, most of Florida, but especially South Florida, is still experiencing hot, humid weather, with a chance of rain, every day. If you're moving to a different part of the state, it might begin getting a little cooler over the first few weeks you are here, hence the need for the appropriate types of clothing. If the children are of school age, they will need school clothes and play clothes, of course, and you can bring anything you have now, and/or buy their school supplies when you arrive and get lists from their teachers. If they're not in school yet, of course, you don't need to include this. But, do include coloring books, crayons, reading books and favorite toys/stuffed animals.

You will need a minimum number of pots and pans for cooking, dishes (paper plates and plastic cups are great, during the transition, but some meals will require 'real' dishes) which can be bought rather inexpensively, in stores like Target, Walmart or Kmart, when you arrive, unless you are moving into a furnished place which may have some of these items already. Try to buy as many new things as you can, when you arrive, and pack everything else. For example, if your place is unfurnished, you will need window treatments like blinds, shades, curtains, etc. If you have windows which let in the sun at certain times of day, you might want to place room darkening shades on them to cut down on the intrusion of heat, and saving on your air conditioning usage.

You can buy an inexpensive 'bridge' table and folding chairs to eat your meals and use as a 'desk', until your furniture arrives.

It might be a good idea to think of each individual room and what you are used to having/using, now, on a daily basis, and then include these items that are convenient to pack, in your suitcases or boxes you will be bringing with you on the plane, and the larger items will be included in the shipment that will arrive first. Go room to room, now, and make your lists of things to 'keep', 'throw out', 'give away' (rummage), 'pack in suitcases' (for each family member), 'pack in boxes coming on the plane(?)', and 'first shipment', 'later shipment'.

I made the move to Florida many years ago, with my two young children, but from another State, and we drove, but the same logistics re: packing the car, suitcases, and what we needed until the moving van arrived, applied. One difference was, we stayed with my parents until the moving van arrived and we were set up in our new place, so all the comforts of home were there for us. I don't know if your situation will be the same, i.e., staying with friends or relatives, at first, but hopefully the information here, will help you.

I wish you much good luck with your move, and hope all will go smoothly!

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Best wishes,
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Cher, thank you for your patience. We are literally in the process of moving, now... boxes everywhere. :0)
Great answer, which we thoroughly reviewed, today. Thank you, again. - The Tuckers
Hello again, Tuckers!

You are very welcome, and your accept is most appreciated! It was my pleasure to be of help and I hope all goes well. I know it's a harrowing time, but soon you'll be settled in your new place and back to your regular routine!

Best of luck!


Edited by Cher on 9/15/2010 at 6:52 AM EST