I haven’t posted much in the past 2 weeks because we’ve been so busy getting our house ready to be packed and loaded on the sea can. Because of our international move, we actually have two sets of pack and load days – one pack day and one load day for our sea canister that is heading to England, then one pack day and one load day for our long-term storage – things staying here in Canada for 3 years (like our electronics and such that we can’t use there).
Leading up to our pack day, we had to first pack our suitcases – decide what we will need to bring with us on our persons to England. We are given 5 checked suitcases and 3 carry-on suitcases (but could pay for more, I guess). In this luggage, we need to bring 6 months’ worth of medication and medication supplies like Dexcom and Omnipod supplies. This greatly reduces how much clothes we can bring!!
Then aside from having to pack our suitcases (so plan our lives for the next 6+ weeks), we have also had to rearrange our house to separate the things going to England and the things going into storage. This also meant a lot of cleaning and purging, too.
People have said to me that because we have military moves and ‘they pack for us’ that it must be easy, but I promise you it is not. To make any move successful there is so much preparing and work involved at origin and then again weeks and weeks of work at destination (sure, they ‘unpack’ for us, but that just means taking things out of boxes at break-neck speed and putting it on any flat surface – they don’t put anything away or organise or clean!). Luckily, this is our fifth military move and I’ve learned things each time and am more and more ready each time!
Then came the packers! An overseas move requires our furniture to all be bubble-wrapped (rather than in quilted moving blankets) so it took the packers a while but soon enough, our house looked like a Tetris game:
Now we’re living in an AirBNB in downtown Victoria for the next 2 weeks. Our house sale doesn’t close for 4 more days so we’ll be there every day cleaning up and getting the long-term storage packed then trucked out. We’ll also try to enjoy what there is to enjoy of Victoria down here – restaurants, Market Square is just below our rooftop patio, and FanTan Alley (the most narrow street in Canada) is right across the street:
So, we’re exhausted, but we’re a few steps closer to getting to England….
Is it September yet?