Packing for the big move
Whether you’re moving to Singapore for a year or for good, you’ll need to decide upon what you’ll take with you and what you’ll leave behind or sell. After all, you can’t take everything that
you own when you move abroad.
A good strategy includes contacting your airline to find out how many suitcases you can take with you, as well as how much each suitcase could weigh. This will help you narrow down what you can pack in your luggage versus what you could ship in boxes via an international shipping company to your new home in Singapore.
If you’re planning on being gone for several years or for an indeterminate length of time, you might choose to sell your house. In this case, working with a real estate agent might help you sell your property more quickly and give you quicker access to the funds that you need to make your move. On the other hand, if you aren’t planning on selling your home, it’s a great idea to make arrangements with family or friends to check up on it routinely while you’re away.
For items that you aren’t planning on taking with you to Singapore, a storage unit could come in really handy—that is, if you aren’t planning on moving away permanently. There is a range of storage unit sizes that you can choose from, so you can store everything from your furniture to your smaller valuables that you don’t want to part with but you can’t take with you.
Thinking about importing your car? Well, there are some rules that you need to consider. For example, you might not be able to import your vehicle if it’s over three years old. Also, left-hand drive vehicles aren’t allowed in Singapore, as they only use right-hand drive cars.
Different countries have different rules regarding what’s allowed in at the border, and those rules could change over time. So, before you pack your bags and before you send anything to Singapore by air or by sea, confirm that what you’re taking with you will pass customs.
Collect all of your important documents, such as your IDs, passport, and visa, and pack them securely in a carry-on bag so that they’ll always be with you throughout your journey to Singapore.
In terms of climate, Singapore is known for its tropical weather all year long. This means that you won’t need your winter clothes and accessories (though you might still want to pack some if you’re planning on vacationing in colder climates while living in Singapore). Generally, the weather in Singapore includes temperatures ranging from 22°C to 34°C (72°F to 93°F). High humidity is common, and the monsoon seasons could bring a lot of rain. With this in mind, you can pack accordingly so you won’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe once you arrive.