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International packing checklist

Our international packing checklist includes all the items you’ll need to pack to take with you on the day of your move aboard.

International packing checklist

International travel can be an exciting adventure, but it also requires planning and forethought.

For the bulk of your possessions, such as furniture, it is important to contact an international removal company to complete the packing of the items you are shipping, as they have the expertise and experience to pack your belongings appropriately to withstand the overseas journey.

Use our international packing checklist to ensure you don't forget anything important on the big day of your international move.


  • Passport with required visas – Passport should be valid for at least six months from start of trip.

  • Visas for entry into your destination country.

  • Airline and travel tickets – Many countries require a round trip ticket for entry.

  • Immunisation book – Many countries require proof of vaccinations for entry into the country; so carry your immunisation book with you and check with your doctor well in advance of your planned departure.

  • International driver’s licence.

  • Car rental or shipping paperwork.

  • Insurance documentation including travel and medical.

Contact details

  • Contacts – Take the office and home phone numbers of family members, co-workers and friends with you just in case.

  • Phone numbers and addresses of your destination – This information may be necessary for landing cards.

  • Details of your international removal company.

  • Tape your name, address, and passport number inside your suitcases in case they get lost in transit.


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  • Traveller checks – It makes sense to keep your money safe while you travel and travellers’ cheques are always a sensible option.

  • Credit cards – Carry international credit cards with you for emergencies.

  • Familiarize yourself with the currency and exchange laws of the countries you plan to visit.

  • Keep sales receipts handy for customs.


  • Prescription medicines in clearly labelled containers and information detailing any allergies and medical conditions.

  • Toiletries in unbreakable plastic bottles under 100ml.


  • Adapters for electrical items (most overseas locations have 220 volts, 50 Hz electricity.

  • Personal appliances (hairdryer, shaver etc.) – 220 volts.

  • Gadgets – don't forget the chargers

  • Spare batteries if necessary

For the journey

  • Warm clothes for inclement weather or chilly air-conditioning

  • Ear plugs

  • Eye mask

  • Inflatable pillow for the journey

  • Books/magazines

  • Toys, games, drawing implements or an iPad if you have children.

  • Foreign language/English pocket dictionary.

page last updated June 2015


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