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Leaving Switzerland/Europe for US- what should we take with us?

My husbands company is moving us back to the US, as we came here as students, with nothing, we have only amassed a collection of second hand and ikea grade furniture. We hate to move that with us so we are spending out last few weeks trying to figure out what to put in our 40 foot container.

If you were leaving Switzerland/Europe permanently what would you want to pack your container with? Of course we will be loading up on good chocolate and a bit of wine.

Any suggestion appreciated or at least noted.
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Old 02.09.2016, 10:47
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Re: Leaving Switzerland/Europe for US- what should we take with us?

We have been scouring Brocki houses for hardwood furniture and some metalwork since our arrival. When we leave - we will sell/gift all our IKEA stuff to the EF community.
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Re: Leaving Switzerland/Europe for US- what should we take with us?

Souveneirs, books, clothes and personal belongings is all you need

Ohh and all those swiss francs you have amassed
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We have been scouring Brocki houses for hardwood furniture and some metalwork since our arrival. When we leave - we will sell/gift all our IKEA stuff to the EF community.
I'd do the same.
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Of course we will be loading up on good chocolate and a bit of wine.
Consider:

1. How long is the journey expected to be, and what temperatures can the container reach?

Shipping chocolate over the typical 4-6 week journey in a hot container might result is a mess of melted glop.

2. Have you looked into the bureaucracy of bringing the wine back?

We looked into this very briefly, at the time a move back loomed on the horizon. IIRC - and this was some years ago, so my memory might be faulty - but importation of alchohol is a state issue, regs vary. We have a decent sized cellar here and had hoped to bring it back with us, but a quick back of the envelope calculation said that we should dump the 'everyday' wines in our cellar rather than try to bring them back. And then use a wine importer for the good stuff, to better handle the paperwork and tax issues.

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If you only have a few belongings to bring back, why are you using a 40 foot container? That's a pretty big box - and expensive. (To give you an idea, I moved a car and a good chunk of a 10 room US house over here in a 45 ft container.)

Even if your employer is paying for it, chances are that this could be a taxable benefit - you might want to check on that. If you get a flat relocation allowance, perhaps consider a smaller container and negotiate the use of the remainder of the allowance for set up costs in your new home.

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To get back to your original question: Travel light. Bring a few significant 'memory-stone' type things, your library, and a lot of digital photos. Very little else stands the test of time and further globetrotting.

(And even I, dyed in the wool bookworm and obsessive collector, am trying to winnow down the library in preparation for the move back. This from someone who finds it physically painful to get rid of a book. But as you get older and travel farther afield, 'stuff', even a beloved book, becomes less and less important)


All the best with your move.
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Re: Leaving Switzerland/Europe for US- what should we take with us?

A sense of humour?

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Re: Leaving Switzerland/Europe for US- what should we take with us?

Melloncollie, are you leaving us???
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Melloncollie, are you leaving us???
Eventually, although not until OH retires.

But I figure it will take years of therapy before I will be able to part with even the awful 'airport paperback' books cluttering up my shelves, so I'd best get cracking.
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Re: Leaving Switzerland/Europe for US- what should we take with us?

I'm not a fan of accumulating possessions; it makes moving around a chore.

Take your money, buy souvenirs/gifts for close friends and family, and some mementos for yourselves.

If you have any possessions with sentimental value, or artwork etc., then use the container for that, otherwise sell/dump everything and enjoy your new life.
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Shipping chocolate over the typical 4-6 week journey in a hot container might result is a mess of melted glop.
a point that Melloncollie forgot to mention is never ship your dog in a container. if a dog is in a container for 4-6 weeks, he'll probably eat all the food and destroy the rest.
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a point that Melloncollie forgot to mention is never ship your dog in a container. if a dog is in a container for 4-6 weeks, he'll probably eat all the food and destroy the rest.
Of course not.

The Muttley Crew fly private.




(Or so I stipulated to my husband when the last moves were proposed while one mutt was medically unfit to fly. Lacking the deep pockets to fly private, though, the dogs and I are still here. Husband did his globetrotting thing unencumbered.)
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Re: Leaving Switzerland/Europe for US- what should we take with us?

I'm downsizing too with a view to moving country. It's quite therapeutic disposing of stuff in boxes that I lugged from apartment to apartment and never used. I've collected some art so that's coming but the rest will shortly be offered to EF members free of charge. Even the waterbed if someone knows how to deflate and dismantle....
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