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  Moving to the Netherlands, part two:
Here are five slightly out of the ordinary international moving tips.

1/ Buy some voltage transformers. Although we are leaving most of our electrical appliances behind as the voltage is 220 in Europe and not 110 like the USA, there are a few electronic items we are shipping overseas.. Being a musician, I am taking a keyboard and my electric drum set for example. In order to buy the correct voltage transformer you need to check the total wattage consumed by the electrical device and multiply that number by 3. You need a converter at least 3x the watts of the devices to leave enough room for surges in power they may utilize. Of course, I own the only keyboard that doesn’t tell you the wattage so have gone with a 300 watt which I think is more than ample. Talking of amples….. You may find “Amps,” also known as “amperage” or “A”. If only the amperage is shown, multiply the input voltage by the amperage to find the wattage. Use the following example as a guide: Volts x Amps = Watts or 110V x 1.5 A = 165W.

2/ Order new copies of marriage, divorce and birth certificates and get them Apostilled. An Apostille or authentication is a state certification of the signature of an official who has signed a public document. We went to the SC capital Columbia with our passports to get them done. You will probably need to produce these if you are looking to obtain a work visa in Europe.

3/ You will need to register with the local municipality when you get there. Make sure your hotel, Air B&B or wherever you are staying, allows you to use the temporary address for registration.

4/ Obtain your medical records from your doctor to take with you and if you are on any medication, ask the doctor for a 90 day supply to hand carry with you so you won’t run out.

5/ Probably like a lot of Americans’ we have locked I phones that either will not work in Europe or will cost a fortune to keep them working there. We were quoted $10 / day to keep them running in Europe. So we are having to buy new unlocked I Phones and an I Pad which is also expensive but our solution was to buy these with credit card points so we didn’t have to spend any cash.

The Moving Doctor
The Moving Doctor
"The Moving Doctor", Mark Nash has been in the moving business for over 33 years and currently sits on the board of the International Shippers Association and the Commercial Affairs committee at the International Association of Movers (IAM).

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