Packing for a move? A little pre-planning can prevent a post move in disaster. Before you load up everything you own in moving boxes, consider the essentials. What are you absolutely going to need? Use this list as a guide to help get you through your first few days in your new home.
In today’s world, our entire lives are on our phones and tablets. So before you have an “oh no!’ moment when you phone is about to die and you have no idea where your charger is, set it aside now.
2. Toiletries & Medications
Pack a suitcase as if you were going on vacation for a few days. That way you will not have to search through boxes in the garage or basement to find the important stuff; soap, shampoo, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, etc.
3. Pet Food/Treats/Bedding
Moves can be especially tough on pets, so don’t make it any worse on them by forgetting their food. If have a travel crate for you pet, load it up with their essentials, so it will be easy to find at the new place.
4. First Aid Kit
Someone will injure themselves on moving day, so having a basic first aid kit handy is always a good idea.
5. Shower Curtain
This one is incredibly easy to forget about. But, if you plan on showering after you finish unpacking everything, make sure you have a shower curtain/liner….or a mop.
6. Binkies & Stuffies.
Have you ever experienced a child who has lost their favorite night time snuggle buddy. No? Good for you. Make sure you know where that magic teddy or blanket or whatever your kid uses. It will save you a sleepless first night in your new place.
7. Basic Cleaning Supplies
The best time to clean is before everything is moved in and unpacked. Some all purpose cleaner, disinfectant wipes and paper towels should suffice. It’s a good idea to wipe out all the kitchen cabinets, fridge and freezer. Don’t forget to clean those ceiling fans as well.
8. Disposable Plates & Utensils
The first night or two you will probably be eating take out, so make sure you’ve got some plates, napkins and utensils handy.
Pack these in your suitcase with meds and toiletries. Or at least have a healthy supply of paper towels handy.
10. Tool Kit
Odds are you had to take some things apart to get them out of the house, into the moving truck and then into the new house. Beds, tables, etc will usually require some level of reassembly. So make sure to have a basic kit put together. A set of screw drivers, a hammer and some allen wrenches will usually do the job.
Bonus Item – Corkscrew/Bottle opener
This one is self explanatory.
We live in a world where practically everything is available 24 hours a day, but a problem or two are sure to present themselves when moving your life from one home to the next. A little bit of prep work can go a long way and taking a few minutes to set aside the essentials can mean the difference between sleeplessness and sanity.