The movers will be here to pack up and box all of our possessions next week. How it’s already time for them to be here is kinda freaking me out. I’m not worried about the move at all*, I’m just overwhelmingly sad that our time here is over. We’re getting to that “last” stage of living somewhere. The point where you go to your favorite places for the very last time. We visited our favorite wineries over the weekend for the last time and even though we’ll still drink their wine once we’re in America, my soul hurts a little bit knowing we’ll never again get to sit at the wooden table, surrounded by dozens of bottles of wine and drink wine with the winemaker himself while he tells me (in Italian) all about how much he loves his job.
We’ll be staying in our home for exactly five more nights, which means we’re already planning out our last meals here. I hope the bar next door doesn’t get sick of my face, because I plan on going there several more times within the next week. I told my friends at the pizzeria next door that we were leaving very soon and they got sad and told us how much they’d miss us (and our loyal business, I’m sure). I have two Mondays left to stroll through the market (I’m going to linger at the booths just after I finish this post), and we hopefully have one last trip left: Tuscany this weekend.
But back to my original sentence: The movers will be here to pack up and box all of our possessions next week. Like we did when we came out here, our stuff will leave in two shipments. The first is called HHG (household goods), and that’s the majority of our things that’ll be transported to us in Georgia via boat (and will take around two months). The other is called “unaccompanied baggage” and that’s 1,000 pounds of whatever we want to use first, because they ship that by air. (Although, coming out here, our stuff all arrived at the same exact time.)
Picking what goes into your thousand pounds shipment can be a daunting task. It’s like a little tease of what’s to come. You can’t send furniture, but you can send things like pots and pans, sheets and pillows, a bag of clothes and an air mattress. Basically, the essentials.
This time around, packing is a little easier. We know that if we forget to pack something, we can just go to a store (at any time during the day) and buy it (hallelujah!), but we’d still like to be prepared, if possible. I’ve been working on our 1,000 pound list for several weeks, but decided to pose a question on the Facebook page to see if I’m missing anything. Here’s what everyone mentioned:
some proper clothing for where you are going. Are you currently in a
hot place and it might be cooler when you arrive? Pack your coats. Or
will it be warmer? Pack your summer clothes.
- Bag of shoes
- Pots and pans
- Coffee maker
- Cookie sheet
- Bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows)
- A few kids toys
- Pack n play
- Bumbo seat
- Lawn chairs
- Folding table
- Bathroom mats
- A bike
- DVDs and books to entertain yourself when you get there
- Tiny tv
- Beaba cooker
For us, personally, most of our appliances in Italy are 220-volt, so we’re not bringing them with us. We’ll be buying a new coffee maker, toaster, hair dryer, crockpot, etc., when we get there. We’re also taking our stroller and pack ‘n play with us. And since we aren’t going directly to our next base (we’re going to Alabama first for a three-month course my husband has to take), we’re mailing a few things out as well, like clothes in the next size up for my daughter, the bumbo, car seat base, Bella’s couch, etc. Basically, things we’ll need sooner rather than later, but don’t have room for in our luggage.
As for luggage, we’re each (my four-month old, included) allowed to check in two bags (75 pounds or less) and have a carry-on and a “personal” bag (purse). One of my husband’s bags will be nothing but uniforms, since we don’t want that getting lost in the mail, and one of my daughter’s bags will be her pack ‘n play. Her stroller will come with us, but I believe they’ll just check that at the gate—same with her car seat. Her diaper bag will be considered her carry-on item. The only thing I’m not sure about is my breast pump; I don’t know what category that fits in (her personal bag, maybe).
So that’s our plan for right now. Like I said, I’m feeling pretty confident about the moving part. Sure it’ll be a little stressful the closer it gets to next week, but I feel like we’ve got this.
*I wrote this a few days ago and now I’m officially in freak-out mode.