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Overseas Health Insurance News: Check luggage allowances before moving abroad, says Abta

When moving abroad, it is very tempting for new expatriates to pack all of their belongings and simply take their entire life from the UK with them, but this comes with problems and is unnecessary.

For a start it is impractical to take so many possessions and there are also plenty of items, which although invaluable back at home, will not be needed in certain foreign climates.

With this in mind, it is a good idea to do some research in advance and talk to people who are already living in the destination country about what items to pack.

Further to this, taking lots of extra luggage can cost a fortune and shipping is a pricey alternative, so it makes sense to be minimal.

Sean Tipton, spokesman for Abta – The Travel Association, said: "If you have already booked your flight, it is very important you look at the luggage allowance that an airline will give you because the no-frills carriers have pretty low baggage allowances.

"It is about 15 kilograms. For every kilogram over that you pay quite a substantial supplement."

With this in mind it can be a good idea to book with a scheduled airline and pay a little more for the tickets and therefore be allowed to take on more luggage without paying extra fees.

This is particularly the case if there will not be a chance to come back to the UK in the foreseeable future or if the destination is a long way away.

Mr Tipton also advised: "It is also important to make sure that you are properly insured. Always take out travel insurance. In terms of your belongings, if you're checking them into a hold, try and keep anything of very high value such as cameras as hand luggage, rather than checking them into a hold."

By following this advice expats will find that they minimise both costs and risks when moving abroad and are reminded that everyday items will be available when they get to their destination, so there is no need to pack the kitchen sink.

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