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For anyone whose move was affected by Covid-19, there’s a new determination to settle down and get on with life as close to normal as is possible. Borders have opened and lockdowns are continuously being lifted, ideal for those who are moving to Europe.

UPakWeShip has continued to ship the belongings of customers around the world. So, whilst you can rest assured about any logistical concerns you may have – there still remains the question of how to ensure yourself (and your family) will protect your own health and safety.

1. Flying will be a necessity if you’re moving across the pond, but there are precautions you can take to protect yourself as much as possible. As is the law in many States currently, wearing a mask is always advisable, as is bringing hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes to clean the area around you.

Taking these extra steps have become a norm for anyone who has flown over the last couple of months, so even if you won’t be flying until later in the year, it’s worth ensuring you’ve got the means to sanitize yourself and your seat. Airplanes are being thoroughly deep cleaned between flights currently, but if you’re extra cautious, you could always use some of your lump-sum relocation allowance to upgrade your seats and give yourself more room on the plane.

2. Make sure all of your relevant documents have been translated to your destination language. English may be the universal language, but if you’re moving to a small village in the middle of the French countryside, you can’t depend on that. Having medical records and relevant information about allergies in your new home’s language will help ensure you receive the correct care if necessary.

3. If somebody in your family has an ongoing condition, it’s vital to make sure your destination country has matching healthcare and treatment. The medical routes can vary from country to country, so if you or someone else moving is receiving ongoing care, you’ll want to check that they can continue to receive it when you land – and that you’re aware of any extra costs involved.

4. Prioritize your help by upholding social distancing where possible. Social distancing isn’t going away anytime soon, wherever you are in the world. When organizing a moving company, you may be wary about organizing strangers to come into your home and packing all of your belongings.

The simple solution is to pack your belongings yourself and use a trusted moving company to organize the pickup and delivery of your items. With instant all-inclusive quotes, door-to-door services and a range of different sized pallets and U-Crates, UPakWeShip only requires one person’s signature upon collection and delivery. Ideal for social distancing, and making sure you know exactly what’s where in your move!

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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