Moving 101: Dealing With Too Much Stuff




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Taking all your belongings halfway across the world can make a huge dent in your bank balance.

When I moved to Australia, I packed 20kg of my life into my backpack – I wasn’t keen on paying excess luggage to the airline companies!

I packed only my favourite clothes to take, to make things easier. I did a garage sale and the leftovers (boxes and boxes of clothes and other belongings) that I didn’t need, I donated to charities. In fact, I have been doing this since I moved to Australia in 2009 – over time I go back to Portugal and go to my parents’ garage and donate more things, after all if I haven’t used it until now, then I really didn’t need them in my life.

When You Find Out You have Too Much Stuff To Take

But when you can’t part with your bedside cabinet, favourite painting and books, transportation gets pricey. There are still things that I am slowly moving across the country that are fragile or heavy but I just love and want to have in my new home.

There are plenty of options open to you, and the one you choose will depend on your budget, what you’re transporting, and how quickly you need your things delivered to your new location.


For some, going straight to a professional removal company may be the easiest and cheapest. International companies offer rates based on different shapes and sizes of goods, and delivery options can also be suited to your needs.

For many people, however, taking your luggage as excess baggage on your flight will work out as the cheapest and easiest option. This is perhaps better for those with less to take. Forward planning and knowing the limitations of your chosen airline is still essential to avoid a last minute panic at the airport. It’s important to check beforehand how many additional bags your airline will allow. If you get to the airport and find your bag is over the weight limit, you will pay much extra.

Look For The Experts

If you have a bit more luggage you might be better to check specialised excess baggage companies who deliver to your destination at a lower cost than the airlines. From all my belongings, what I treasure the most is what I got while travelling. They bring precious memories for me. Some of these treasures are not, let’s just say, handy sizes to shuck in my backpack, so I definitely need to consider specialised companies. Some of these companies, will save you up to 70% on airline excess baggage rates.

World Baggage allows you to pack and send your excess baggage using any box, bag or suitcase you like. They also have an easy-to-use quote tool that provides the price and options for sending your excess baggage and shipping around the world.

There is a variety of freight services, depending on your budget: from the air freighting of smaller items such as one bag, to the sea freighting of larger shipments.


Moving can be a hassle, but you can make your life easier with a little help from professionals. Do as much preparation as you can to avoid coming across any troubles along the way. Happy moving!

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