At PSS International Removals there are two ways to guarantee your belongings arrive in one piece to your new destination. In the first instance you can use PSS’s international removals service with expert packing included: Secondly, you can pack up your household belongings yourself. This gives you the flexibility to take your time bringing together all your goods and packing them at your leisure.

PSS International Removals will supply you with the correct amount of boxes and substantial packing materials, but making sure you wrap everything carefully, to avoid any breakages, is down to time and planning.

Here’s some helpful hints to make sure your worldly belongings arrive in your new home, in just as good as condition as they left your old one.

Before you pack: Have a good clear out of your possessions. Are there things you can leave behind or send off to a charity shop? If you’re intending to return home after a fixed amount of time you might not need to take everything you own. Would self-storage be a better option? On the other hand, if you’re going for good; what’s essential and what can be left behind? Be realistic.

Getting going: At PSS we will supply you with different size boxes for all types of different objects (including those just for books, tea cartons and boxes for bikes and computer screens). We will also supply enough wrapping materials for your needs. We recommend that you don’t over pack each container. Anything that’s too heavy, will be difficult to move, both while you’re packing and on removal day.

Being organised: Give yourself plenty of time to pack your boxes. Think weeks not days. It can take hours to carefully wrap up valuables and breakables (or just get through the sheer enormity of your kitchenware) so don’t underestimate what you’ve got, or the time you’ve got to do it in.

Pack methodically: Go through each room in your home and pack up each space before moving onto the other. This will benefit you two-fold. Firstly, you’ll be able to see clearly what has been done and what is left to do, and secondly it will mean you’ll avoid the utter chaos of having each room in a topsy-turvy state. Not the best way to spend your final few weeks.

Check your packing materials: While some goods will need little or no extra layers, something precious or breakable must be wrapped carefully. Whilst every precaution is taken to make sure your boxes arrive safe and sound, they are going on a long and varied journey, so make sure valuables are covered in bubble wrap. Use clean tissue or wrapping paper for the first layer to prevent newspaper print leaving marks. Pillows and blankets can come in handy for covering up chairs or objects you don’t want to get scratched.

Label everything: Write an extensive list of what’s in each box and place it inside before sealing. You might think you’ll remember what’s gone in where but in a new home, after hours on a long-haul flight it’s unlikely. Clearly label the outside of each box with which room it needs to be placed in, allowing the unpacking on the other side of the world to be as straightforward as it can be.

For more information about how PSS International can help you make your move to countries such as Australia, Canada, USA and New Zealand visit

PSS International Removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.