Air Shipment

Going back to the whole expat thing! It’s been a minute since I’ve been wanted to share experiences here and an endless amount of running posts.  And right now, I just mentally can’t handle what’s going on with my physically with running…

But the good news is, there are still many things I intend to post to help expats as well!

Our package allowed one air shipment of 500lbs. This came a couple weeks after we arrived, much before our sea shipment came. So what should you include in your air shipment? And what did we include?  And really, what we should have included.

Mistakes were made.

Mistakes were made.

Well, I packed a lot of summer stuff. Not a lot, but some shorts and skirts and things like that. I knew Scotland wasn’t HOT, but I always was thinking, we’ll get this in August, that should be the warmest time of the year, it will be useful to get these things here while I can still wear them. Lesson learned: You don’t need shorts or flipflops in Scotland. Pretty much ever. Okay, fine. Throw in one pair. But in terms of clothing, this is what I wish I packed in the air shipment:

  • Sweatshirts
  • Jackets
  • Rain proof jackets
  • Umbrellas
  • Rain boots
  • More workout clothes
  • Hiking pants
  • More shoes

What we did send over that was good was Stella’s other dog bed, some of her favorite treats (Charlie Bears- oh Trader Joe’s I miss you so!) and a 20 lb bag of Stella’s dog food. I knew she would have to eventually switch over to Scottish dog food, but I didn’t want to freak her out with so many changes. I thought she’d appreciate her normal dog food. God only knows if she was happy to have it, but it additionally saved some money.  Everything is cheaper in America- so hey, it delayed me having to pay the ridiculous cost of UK dog food a little longer. What I also should have packed for Stella:

  • Some dog towels
  • Some dog toys (tennis balls)
  • Stella’s rain jacket
  • Stella’s food and water bowls

For misc. items we packed our vonage phone system– that was good. But we also packed our phone because it didn’t need a power change, just the plug chage, but I somehow forgot the cord altogether. Anyway, it’s a phone. They’re cheap. Don’t bring your phone. We also brought our DVD player and the Lost box set to amuse us. But what we didn’t pack: the loads of converters and adaptors we had. Big mistake.   Miscellanious items I wish I packed:

  • Converters and adaptors!
  • Good camera
  • Books
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • General kitchen wares: oven mitts, I know pots and pans are heavy, but maybe just one casserole dish, a strainer, my favorite coffee mug, some good knives…I wish I made a list of things I didn’t have in my temp kitchen that I wish I brought.
  • Food- I’m sure its frowned upon but would have really liked my Equal and some Kind bars or Clif Bars or something
  • Water bottles. E and I drink out of water bottles all the time and didn’t have any here.

Things we did right in our air shipment:

  • Hiking boots
  • Vonage phone system
  • Dog food
  • Dog bed
  • Purses
  • DVDs
  • Slippers
  • Sweatpants (loungewear)
  • Hiking/travel backpacks
  • UK USB plugs for our phones
  • Whatever you use on a near daily basis that makes you more comfortable- that you wouldn’t normally throw in your suitcase for a week long vacation.


Relocating soon? Have a question about what to bring? I’ll do my best to help!


  1. Claire

    This post has been so helpful! I’m currently near Kansas City and moving to Glasgow. I have been searching for a good list like this for what to ship and how. Thank you!

    1. Lauren (Post author)

      Glad to help! Go through the archives and hopefully they can provide more help. It’s a crazy process. My posts have been very running heavy lately, but I will be posting more lessons learned for expats soon! Especially regarding packing and moving and what to expect. Best of luck in your relocation!


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