I know that most people, when moving overseas, do something like pack a suitcase or two and then mail a box or two or seven. When I moved to Japan, I had a big suitcase and a small carry on, and then I shipped a huge box of winter clothes surface mail, so they arrived right when the weather started to turn. We decided not to go that route for two reasons- money and money. As it turns out, it costs about $700 to ship a slim 10 pounds from America to Albania. That's the first money issue- shipping is just obscene. The other money issue is that our entire apartment was furnished for a little over $200 thanks to local thrift stores, and we aren't knick-knack people, and most of our clothes were old and kind of full of holes- well loved hoodies with elbow vents, or well worn jeans patched all over. Basically, it would be cheaper to just give everything back to Goodwill, toss the hole filled clothes and old shoes, and start over in Albania. Once I had given away 75% of my closet, things were looking like this:
In the end, with the exception of a little trunk, a small filing box, and two small boxes of keepsakes (all living at our parents' houses for now) we gave away everything except clothes/electronics/camping supplies (we love to hike and camp, and our gear was expensive, and we thought it might come in handy if a fun opportunity presents itself). This is me with everything we own in the world:
|I'd been on a train for 2+ days and hadn't had a shower in almost 3- focus on the luggage.|
From everything I've read, Albania has tons of stores to get everything you might need or want, sartorially speaking, so we'll just fill in the blanks of clothes/shoes when we get there. For now, everything we actually need we have, and a lot of people can't say the same, so we're not complaining.