Smart Packing: What to Keep With You When You Move

by | Sep 30, 2014 | Blog, Home & Lifestyle

Being in an industry where you see people move houses all the time, we have heard many stories and learned countless lessons of what to do and also what NOT to do. If you’re just starting the packing process, check out this helpful list we compiled on an earlier blog to get everything organized and ready to go to your new home.

But while you are planning, be sure you don’t forget to keep separate the things you need immediately upon your move in! While most of your belongings can be stowed away in boxes and then slowly unpacked once you get to your new CC Image courtesy of cambodia4kidsorg on Flickrhome, there are the essentials you need to keep separate to make sure you have them accessible in those first few days (or longer – if you are like me – and it takes you an extended period of time to get through every last box!).

Trulia Tips gives this great rundown of what to keep with you to make sure your whole life isn’t packed away:

  • Keys
  • A basic first-aid kit
  • Chargers
  • A portable alarm clock. Or install an alarm clock app on your phone
  • Spare batteries
  • Sheets and a pillow
  • Extra changes of clothing, including sleepwear and underwear.
  • Toiletries
  • Shower curtain
  • Essential paper supplies, such as toilet paper, paper towels, tissues
  • Basic cleaning supplies, including glass cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, dish soap, rags, and a broom and dustpan
  • Enough plates, utensils and cups for one meal for each person
  • A flashlight or headlamp (make sure it’s got new batteries), in case of power failure, as well as candles and matches
  • Sunblock
  • Any medicine you take daily
  • Easy-to-make meal staples that don’t require much preparation, like pasta and sauce, cereal and milk, bread and peanut butter, canned soup, etc.
  • Any basic cookware and gadgets you’ll need for these meals, including a pot and pan, serving spoon, and can opener
  • Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Instant coffee or tea bags
  • Food and dishes for pets
  • Radio for entertainment
  • A small portable toolkit
  • A sturdy pair of scissors for opening any boxes that are on their way to your new home, or packaged supplies you purchase for the new home
  • Important identification cards and records
  • Important contact phone numbers, including your lender, moving company, and your financial institutions
  • Pen and paper
  • Cash / credit cards / checkbook
  • Duct tape
  • A personal treat or two that will help you feel at home and relieve stress

One can never be too organized when it comes to moving. It’s almost accepted that something will be forgotten, but if you make sure to set aside this list of items, you are starting off on the right foot – which is always important in a new home!

Want to find out more about the moving process, and better yet – want to look for that perfect new home to move into? Contact our office to speak with one of our experienced agents who can help answer all of your questions and start you on your search!


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