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3 Tips for Relocating to Japan

Preparing for a long-distance move, especially overseas, can be overwhelming. Make sure you prepare for the crucial parts of your move, like changing documents over to a different country or choosing the right relocation services. The following guide will help you get started.

3 Tips for a Long-Distance Move

1. Get Your Documents in Order

If you’re moving to a new country, get your paperwork in order well in advance. If you don’t have a passport, apply for one right away. If you do, make sure it’s up to date and won’t expire before your move. You need to let the U.S. government know that you’re relocating and for how long, and you’ll need to apply for a work visa to be employed in your new country. Make sure to transfer your medical records from your primary care physician, dentist, and any specialists so you can receive medical care as soon as you arrive.

During the move, print documents with your moving company’s contact information and directions to your new home. If your phone isn’t activated in your new country yet or you run out of phone battery, this could protect you from being stranded without your belongings.

2. Pack Effectively

Your packing needs will depend on how long you plan to stay in your new country. If you’re just staying for 6 months to a year, you can leave behind most of your large items and store them. If the move is long-term or permanent, you will need to bring along more of your belongings.

However, if you’re moving to a different climate, you may be able to pack lighter — you may not need winter sweaters or tank tops. If something is too cumbersome to move, you can buy a new version at your destination.

3. Prepare for Unpacking

After the move, you’ll have to wait for your belongings to arrive at your new home. Bring or buy tools to unpack your boxes, so you can start to settle in right away.

Use large garbage bags to collect packing materials and trash during the unpacking process. It will save you the time and effort of cleaning afterward if you keep your new home tidy from the start.

If you’re preparing for a long-distance move, contact the professional movers at JNR Global Logistics in Honolulu, HI. They offer relocation services to those moving into and out of Hawaii and specialize in relocation for military service members. Every employee who works for the company has a minimum of 5,000 hours of moving experience. Call (808) 773-0035 to get started or visit their website to learn more about their services.

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