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I'm going down my list of things to take care of before my move to Oz, and I'm struggling with a decision on what to take to Oz with me/how to send it.

My situation: I'm coming over on a work and holiday visa, with plans to live with my boyfriend. We plan to get married and apply for the spouse visa afterwards. With this in mind, I do need to make plans to move my things overseas.

I'm young and don't have a lot of things. Most shipping companies seem to expect a certain weightload that implies at least half a household of goods, but I only have a bedroom's worth of stuff to send. Actually, the only heavy thing I really want to bring with me are 4-5 boxes of books, clothes, accessories, and my computer. With so little, I'm wondering if it's worth trying to ship this stuff at all, or if I should just try to sell/give away the books and computer. My computer's very nice, nice enough I don't mind buying a power conversion strip to run it, and the books are research books I would immensely regret giving up.

What's the best way for me to send such a small amount of goods? By post? I'm at a bit of a loss here. It doesn't have to be fast shipping, it does have to make it overseas.

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With books I believe the USPS has a book postal rate. Find out more about that. Also look into Seamail which means it goes on a ship but takes months to reach you.

For your computer try to bring that in your luggage. Leave the monitor and buy another one here. You don't necessarily need a conversion strip.

For desktops look near the power connection on the back (you might need to open the case) and look for a switch that changes the voltage from 110 to 220 (it is sometimes orange colored).

For laptops look at the brick power supply, they tend to work worldwide and read 100-240V/50~60Hz. So that means you just need a plug convertor (about $10 in Wal-mart) instead of a voltage converter.



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I'm going down my list of things to take care of before my move to Oz, and I'm struggling with a decision on what to take to Oz with me/how to send it.

My situation: I'm coming over on a work and holiday visa, with plans to live with my boyfriend. We plan to get married and apply for the spouse visa afterwards. With this in mind, I do need to make plans to move my things overseas.

I'm young and don't have a lot of things. Most shipping companies seem to expect a certain weightload that implies at least half a household of goods, but I only have a bedroom's worth of stuff to send. Actually, the only heavy thing I really want to bring with me are 4-5 boxes of books, clothes, accessories, and my computer. With so little, I'm wondering if it's worth trying to ship this stuff at all, or if I should just try to sell/give away the books and computer. My computer's very nice, nice enough I don't mind buying a power conversion strip to run it, and the books are research books I would immensely regret giving up.

What's the best way for me to send such a small amount of goods? By post? I'm at a bit of a loss here. It doesn't have to be fast shipping, it does have to make it overseas.

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healthy hint. Do not tell immigration that your bringing in boxes of stuff. Y.our WHV would be cancelled immediately

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healthy hint. Do not tell immigration that your bringing in boxes of stuff. Y.our WHV would be cancelled immediately
Uh, I wasn't going to, but thanks.

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With books I believe the USPS has a book postal rate. Find out more about that. Also look into Seamail which means it goes on a ship but takes months to reach you.

For your computer try to bring that in your luggage. Leave the monitor and buy another one here. You don't necessarily need a conversion strip.

For desktops look near the power connection on the back (you might need to open the case) and look for a switch that changes the voltage from 110 to 220 (it is sometimes orange colored).

For laptops look at the brick power supply, they tend to work worldwide and read 100-240V/50~60Hz. So that means you just need a plug convertor (about $10 in Wal-mart) instead of a voltage converter.
Thanks, amaslam. My computer is actually an iMac so it's not a CPU/monitor combo, just a laaarge monitor in terms of packing. That's why I was concerned about even getting it across the border. I think the computer will require more thought, and possibly may not be taken. I am rightfully concerned about it not making the trip, methinks.

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I'm on the working holiday visa, like you. I'm just going to store my stuff while I'm away and buy a laptop. Realistically, if it's only for a year, how much stuff do you need that can't be easily replaced when you're actually in Aus?

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I'm on the working holiday visa, like you. I'm just going to store my stuff while I'm away and buy a laptop. Realistically, if it's only for a year, how much stuff do you need that can't be easily replaced when you're actually in Aus?
Winter - I mentioned it in my initial post, but you must have missed it. I'm moving over for more than a year, as I'm moving over and then planning on getting married to my boyfriend, so this is far more than a year...

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OK, look for a sticker on the back near the power plug, or if it has one of those power 'bricks' look on the brick. The magic numbers you are looking for are:
100-240V/50~60 Hz. That means it can work on any voltage and you just need the $10 plug converter.

However if you only see these numbers:
120V/60Hz then don't plug it in anywhere in AU, it'll burn out.

You could always call Apple and ask them if you can't find the info.

Apple stuff is very popular in AU, but oohhhh so expensive.

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Thanks, amaslam. My computer is actually an iMac so it's not a CPU/monitor combo, just a laaarge monitor in terms of packing. That's why I was concerned about even getting it across the border. I think the computer will require more thought, and possibly may not be taken. I am rightfully concerned about it not making the trip, methinks.

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If its only small stuffs why not try to push it all inside your luggage?")
Or else most probably look for cheap shipping online

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