The move went pretty smoothly. Well, aside from some packing woes. You see, I’m not good at moving, having barely had any practice at it. Packing everything I need in a 30kg allowance felt impossible. And it sort of was. After many packings and repackings, it was done. I’m not kidding about the many packings and repackings. The total amount of times my bag was packed is lost to me and upon arriving in Bahrain and coming home, I couldn’t remember what I had actually packed.
I learnt a few things about packing for moving…
- It’s all about the roll. Lay your t-shirts flat and roll them as tight as you can. Something the OH taught me. And it works. You won’t have creases in your t-shirts and they’ll be taking up a whole heck of a lot less space.
- Bare essentials. Over the years, staying in more or less the same place, you accumulate a lot of stuff. While clearing out my bedroom and wardrobes I had to be brutal. What have I honestly not worn in years? What do I desperately need/want to take with me? What can I live for a few months without? I had to be honest with myself with everything from clothes to shoes to make up to jewellery. It was tough, but here’s hoping I won’t look at my stuff here and regret things I have left behind.
- Expect to pack/repack. Expect it and do it. Why? Well, you won’t know how heavy your luggage is until you’ve done an initial pack. After that you can add more, take stuff out. Put some heavier items in hand luggage and repack again. I expected it, but not half as much as I actually did!
- Don’t forget your ziplocks! I was lucky. Only 1 item leaked. My lovely Macademia hair oil. Thankfully it was in a fully zipped ziplock bag and it leaked onto shampoo bottles.
- Shoes make excellent packing friends. Yes, shoes are silly shaped. Especially when they’re all different types – wedges, sandals, trainers, sneakers. Headache! But fear not. They have an extra packing use! Stuff things into them! Not only will they be protected but you’ll save on space. Though, don’t pack items you don’t want to be packed into shoes… That goes without saying. (Even though I did say it…) Oh and, this was another tip from the OH.
The packing was definitely the hardest part. By a long stretch. There was some minor mild concern when my flight from Heathrow was delayed by half an hour. The connecting flight from Abu Dhabi to Bahrain had an hour and ten minutes from arriving to departing. Got to the gate at Abu Dhabi in good time, even though they were doing a final call!
The flight itself went smoothly. Incredibly empty plane. I had never previously flown Etihad and was pleasantly surprised. Sure the food wasn’t that great. But that’s to be expected. But they did come by very often offering water and juice, which is always nice in lowly economy class. I get so dehydrated flying! Nice padded headphones for the in-flight entertainment. Brilliant selection of films. Though, after one film I switched on my Mac and caught up on as much TV as I could do. And the staff on the plane were really friendly – good work Etihad!
And now, here I am. Sitting in the living room of my new home. I do have to keep reminding myself that this is home. And not just another holiday. It’ll sink in soon.
Right now I am enjoying some time doing nothing. This is as much nothing as I’ve done in, what feels like, a long time. The past month, or so, has been a whirlwind of getting things sorted for the move. I’ve got another day of nothing, and then I’m back to work.