Packing Checklist for Returning to Ireland + Shipping Tips
Your tickets are booked and it’s time to get organised!
Make sure you prepare your moving plan well ahead of schedule and give yourself as much time as possible to plan your move.
This step-by-step Packing Checklist will help you stay organised, take the stress out of packing and ultimately save you time!
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Your Step-By-Step Guide to Packing
2 – 3 Months before Departure
- Organise your passports and paperwork well in advance.
- Start decluttering and sorting out what you plan to ship, send via air freight and pack in your suitcases.
1 Month before Departure
- Bedding, towels and linen that you plan to bring
- Photos, ornaments and sentimental items
- Any appliances that you can do without short term
- Clothes that you will need on arrival in Ireland
- Presents and souvenirs.
1 Week before Departure
- Once you have decided what you are packing you can use air freight companies.
I highly recommend using Send My Bag to send any extra bags home at an affordable price.
2 Days before Departure
Wash and dry all clothes, bedding etc. you intend to take with you.
Pack all remaining items (except clothes for travelling and a couple of towels).
Pack chargers and adaptors.
Keep the following items together:
Passports ☐ Travel documents ☐ Currency ☐ Tickets ☐ Valuables
1 Day Before Departure
Check-in and print boarding passes.
Pack carry-on bags.
- Make sure nothing is left behind.
- Check again that all passports are packed.
- Check again that all required documents are packed.
- Check again that all valuables (e.g. jewellery, money, etc.) are packed.
Send My Bag
If you have any excess baggage when you have done your final pack, it is much cheaper to send it with Send My Bag than to pay your airline’s excess baggage fees.
Your bags can be collected and they will arrive a lot faster than posting them.
Much cheaper too!
Tips for Luggage Packing
- Pack all the things you’ll need straight away but you can survive without if your luggage gets lost.
- Check your baggage allowance with your airline.
- Pack your valuables in your hand luggage.
- Pack your favourite bed linen and anything else you will need immediately on arrival.
- Pack at least one adapter in your hand luggage and of course your phone charger!
Tips for Air Freight Packing
- Use air freight for the items you can’t fit in your suitcases and that you will need on arrival.
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- Your air freight should arrive within a few days, or it might be held up so don’t include perishables or items you need urgently.
Ideas for what to pack:
- Appliances such as a hair curler or Nutri Bullet, that you might want to use right away.
- Shoes and handbags.
- Favourite items like books or scented candles to make you feel at home.
- If you have kids, then their toys, games, bikes, school items, sports equipment, lunch boxes etc.; and favourite foods you can’t buy in Ireland.
- Bed linen, towels and pillowcases – use a vacuum pack to make them smaller to take up less space.
And anything else you think you will need soon!
Tips for Shipping Container Packing
Make sure you follow the advice of the removalist company, they will provide lots of necessary paperwork to complete and comply with.
Remove all batteries from your items.
Label all the boxes when you start packing to make it easier for when you need to itemise what you are packing. For example, don’t write ‘miscellaneous’ on the box – describe the individual items such as candles, pictures, shoes, bags etc.
Anything that will have come in contact with insects, seeds and soils could be prohibited from importation.
Be careful when packing not to pack items on the list of things not to pack!
Wrap your items very well, making sure that all valuables have bubble wrap and are appropriately protected.
Returning to Ireland?
Packing for an international move can be very overwhelming – << Click here for the Ultimate Returning to Ireland Checklist >>
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Go n-éirí an bóthar leat!
(May the road rise to meet you).
Founder of Irish Women Abroad.
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Thanks a million Louise ❤🙏 I designed everything based on what I wished I had 💚
Well done sarah for creating such a valuable and useful resource for anyone moving overseas. I wish I had discovered you before I moved to Sydney 3 years ago!