Moving overseas - what not to jettison?
January 11, 2013 7:34 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to move as minimally as possible, but hopefully not make my first six months miserable and broke while I replace important things I foolishly dumped.
posted by sldownard to home & garden (22 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'm likely going to be relocating from Chicago to London this summer. My plan for moving, such as it is, is to dump everything except some clothes, my computer, and a few personal items. The goal I'm keeping in mind is to imagine that I am driving coast to coast and I can only move what I can fit in my car (and I want to be able to see out of the imaginary windows). I plan to dump all my furniture, nearly all my books, kitchen equipment and dishware, hobby stuff, and stereo/electronics gear, keeping nothing which is easily replaced (e.g., I will keep my spinning wheel but dump my knitting yarn). I plan to put nothing into storage, with a possible exception of stashing a box of old high school yearbooks, etc., at a friend's.
My question for you, Worldly People of MeFi, is: what might I be overlooking in trying to move so parsimoniously? Have you made an overseas relo and, once you got there, realized that you really wish you would have brought some particular item? As a specific example, I'm moving with two cats, and I'm wondering if it is wise or foolish to move a bag of kitty litter and some food, in their usual brands, to ease transitioning them to new brands. But I'm open to other things, like "twelve new pairs of my favorite underpants" or "US-Imperial measuring cups."