« on: September 29, 2014, 05:29:29 PM »
Depending on the amount of stuff you are moving, it will probably go in a shipping container..... and that is a very safe way to travel.....Good day. Going to be relocating at the end of this month from continental US to Stavanger, Norway. Seeking advice from experienced travelers on best way to move equipment.
If you're moving with a pro movable company they'll take care of it.
I have moved all over the world and usually only take my camera and a small flexible lens (to have it for early photos) and my two most expensive lenses (>5.000$). The rest is a question of insurance. Any pro movable company will have an insurance that lets you replace broken/stolen items at your destination. Check this in advance and get anything you are unsure of in writing (seriously).
Any respectable movable company will also require that they - and they alone - package everything. Here the original lens cases etc. are best to use. That's what Canon thinks work - it'll work for you too. And the movable companies love them.
I also make sure to have two copies of all my pictures (raw etc.) on two disks. One in my computer to be shipped and a "spare" in my hand luggage. Highly recommended. Remember to check all electronics as soon as you get your stuff.
Finally, and important, some countries will not allow you to import expensive items that are less than typical three months old without paying high taxes just as some countries will not allow you to bring it in as travel luggage (because then it does not get registered and checked for sales date). My guess is that Norway will strict on the first count (3 or even 6 months) but will accept that you bring movable stuff in your travel luggage. Do yourself a potentially big favor and avoid any pain by checking this in advance. You can probably phone Norwegian customs and ask in English if your movable company does not know the answer to this (which could be a warning that they may not be the right people to deal with).
BTW. Norway is great for photography but also very dark. You will need the best high iso and fast lenses you can afford.
No experience with low-cost DIY packaging and shipping. But I know people who have tried going half way by going cheap with the movable company - trust me, there are many tears down that road.