Wishing I brought THIS and left behind THAT!

So if you could do it again...
What would you bring from home that you really can't replace in Portugal and what would you have rather left behind.  Spouses don't count haha 😂.  So yes that was a joke.  I will bring my sweetie but should I also bring computers, art work, beautiful area rugs, big screen tv, linens and towels? Small family heirlooms?  Maybe even some smaller pieces of furniture.  What other products or items
might be on a list of what you miss? Thanks!

"What other products or items might be on a list of what you miss?".

If you miss all this then why leave home in the first place?

Well that's so helpful of you to ask!  I still want a new adventure.  I've never moved internationally and am trying to plan what makes most sense financially.  Just because I love to travel doesn't mean I don't get homesick.  I guess that's why there are things called moving companies. Do you have something you miss?

If you want a new adventure, try backpacking.  That way, if you get homesick you can always fly back home to all the stuff you love and left behind. If you decide to move permanently then hire a moving company to bring all the stuff you can't do without. And once it gets delivered, decide on what you want to keep and you can get rid of the rest.
Yes, I miss a few things like events, happenings, occasions etc. but I never miss the material stuff. If I miss the material stuff now, I will miss it even more when I leave this world. And as you know our souls will only take their memories with them, not the material stuff and no moving company can help with that.

Wow, you are such a deep and spiritual person and I'm just shallow and materialistic.  You probably went to Portugal naked and just sleep on the floor.  You couldn't wait a day to get all snarky when someone is just trying to find their way.  I will make my own choices.  I was asking how others handled their move.  Your views on the afterlife aren't helpful to me.  So your not materialistic, your just self centered.  You must have a lonely life.  Your soul is rough around the edges.  You may want to work on that.

Hi there, if I may interrupt... actually I'm in the middle of my moving and I could do with a little advice from some expat on what to leave behind and what must be on the packing list.  Thanks.

I personally only brought my sentimental stuff AFTER I established a stable life here. Until then they stayed with my family. Other than that in 5 years I pretty much arranged/bought everything local, never had any problems.

Bring everything you mentioned except the big screen TV which won’t work over here.  I’m renting a furnished place but I still wish I brought some furniture but it’s very expensive to ship . I wish I brought Less clothes and more personal mementos.  Also any beauty products moisturizer face cream etc. that you like you should definitely bring .

Thank you Liscany!  That's exactly the kind of info I was hoping to get!

If we do move eventually we will arrange for our furniture etc to be delivered as we don't want to sell them & buy again. What money we would save from having to rebuy will more than cover the cost of them being delivered to us. ☺

Have you gotten any estimates?  I'm still getting estimates but our first one was over 6k for approx 11 cubic meters.  Thats just a few small pieces like side tables and a few chairs.  Mostly boxes, no big stuff like couches, beds or dressers.  It doesn't help that we are far from any coast where it can be shipped.  I do think it's really helpful to have some well loved pieces around when you want to feel at home. Mine will just have to be small and functional as well 😊

We've not got quotes yet. We're going to put everything in storage for a few months while we rent in Portugal and will start looking at quotes once we've found a new home. Didn't think it would be that costly though so maybe we'll have to reconsider. ☺

Hi regarding cost of transporting your belongings I recently had a quote  door to door from Swansea to Portimao £2180+vat for 585 cubic feet. Hope this helps. Estimated transport time 7 to 10 business days

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