Packing up and moving to a new country certainly can be a huge undertaking. But when it comes to transferring your possessions, some of the most important items you’ll be taking with you don’t necessarily have to be in boxes, or rolled in packaging material. Some of the most important cargo you’ll be carrying is only on paper.

Don’t wait to get your records together. Think about the great care you put into your belongings, and be sure to give the same attention to detail and safety with your most important documents!

Not everyone is an expert in keeping their records accessible and organized, so plan ahead – and not just by stuffing documents into an old shoebox somewhere deep in your closet. Think about all of the records you’ll need, including:

  • Medical records. You’ll need everything from your primary care physician and any specialists, such as dentists, optometrists, neurologists, dermatologists, etc. Ask for copies of X-rays, blood work and anything regarding procedures you or your family has been through.
  • Financial records. Get copies of everything, especially receipts of payments you’ve made or accounts you’ve closed.
  • School records. If you have school-age children, you’ll need their records. Don’t be afraid to ask for certified transcripts where applicable.
  • Veterinary records. If you have pets, most countries have requirements for the immigration of animals. Be prepared. You can get more information about moving your pet here.

Once you have assembled everything, buy some file folders with fasteners, labels and a portable file box. Sort your documents and mark the box clearly to ensure you don’t toss it in with other household items during the move.

Having your documents in order will make your transition that much easier. At Western Union, we’ll do everything we can to make your move easier, too. Wherever you’re heading, WU will be there, Moving Money for Better.

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