Pack an Essentials Bag!
Moving can be a stressful and chaotic event, but packing a bag of essentials will minimize that stress. Here is a list of items that, when packed together and kept in a handy place, will make your moving day much easier.
- Wallets and keys. Easily misplaced on a normal day, these are critical for the essentials bag to minimize the possibility of misplacing these in a box that is not easily located. If you are using a purse for those items, make sure to keep them in the purse at all times and don’t lay them on a counter to be picked up or misplaced.
- Clothing. Pack enough to cover yourself for a day or more, depending on the length of time between moving day and arriving at your new destination. This should include pajamas and comfortable clothes for unpacking over the next few travel and settling-in days.
- Toiletries. Pack for yourself and anyone else involved in the move. You might include some basic bathroom linens as well.
- Corrective Lenses. Perscription glasses or sunglasses, reading glasses and/or contacts should be part of your personal items. Make sure to pack any supplies (ie. contact solution, lense cases, etc) that you will need as well.
- Documents. Important documents like birth certificates, social security cards, passports, drivers licenses, legal and financial documents, medical records, titles, and school transfer paperwork should all be packed so they are readily accessible. You should also include move-related doucments like new leases, home closing documents and mover contracts.
- Phone numbers. It is a good idea to make a written, physical list of phone contacts like old and new utility companies, old and new landlords/mortgage companies, bankers, realtors and movers to make sure that you can reach any parties that are relevant to the moving process. Having them all in one place can reduce the stress of remembering and locating numberous contacts in your digital phone book.
- Electronics and chargers. A dead phone is a frustrating and unnecesary challenge. Include those items, like tablets or DVD players, that will keep little ones occupied on the trip as well. Pack chargers that can be plugged in to a hotel, new home or car.
- Medications. Any medication that is regularly required should be brought along, either in a filled weekly pill box, or, if your move time is longer or the prescription will be hard to quickly refill, you should plan to bring the full prescription bottles.
- Toilet paper. Like a scout, Be Prepared. Make sure to have a roll handy until you can unbox supplies or shop.
- Writing supplies. A notepad and pen will come in handy for making quick notes and reminders.
- Box cutter or Scissors. Having these things handy will be invaluable when the boxes finally arrive and you are ready to get started unpacking.
- Tools. Include a few tools like a hammer, tape measure and various screwdrivers. You never know when you will need them.
- Snacks and Water. Individual portions of food and water should be kept readily available. Don’t pack anything that requires utensils or refridgeration. Granola bars, protein bars and snack crackers are good options.
- First Aid kit. Make sure to keep a basic kit available for unexpected situations.
Don’t forget to pack an essentials bag for everyone in your home. Pets will need some supplies, food and water bowls, food, litter, etc. to get through the change of location. In addition, for children, pack comfort items like a special toy or a familiar blanket or pillow to make nights in a new place a little more comfortable.
It sounds like a lot, but put together, it resembles the amount of items you would take for a weekend getaway and it will make the transition to your new home exponentially easier!
To get your unpacking/move-in supplies in order, Watch next week for our Essential “Open First”Box List!