During the long-distance move you might opt for an overnight stay in a hotel or at friends’ on the way to your new home. Long-distance moves prove to be overwhelming and tiring, so you will certainly want to have all essentials handy when taking a break.
Before you settle into your new home and unpack all moving boxes, keep following essentials easily accessible. Pack an overnight bag according to your and your family’s routine and needs.
Essentials in your overnight bag
– Personal documentation including ID card, passport, birth and marriage certificates, medical and school records, driving license, bank statements, moving-related receipts, real estate documents…shouldn’t be packed in the moving truck, but kept nearby, so as to prevent any risk of losing or damaging them.
– Jewelry and other valuables should be transported personally. Before you even start packing your household items, collect your valuables and keep them in a safe place. Also, keep money and credit cards always with you in the wallet or purse.
– In order to stay it touch with friends, family and people in charge of the move, pack your cell phone and other portable gadgets with their chargers and keep them easily accessible. Those electronics are typically expensive, so you may want to secure them on the moving day.
– Keep medications, vitamins and medical prescriptions in your purse/overnight bag so you can reach them any time.
– Everyday toiletries – shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, perfume, make up, baby care items,…
– Have children’s toys on hand to keep them busy and entertained on the moving day. The whole relocation process can be very stressful for your children, so make sure they can get their favorite toys any time they want or go to bed in their favorite pajamas. Creating a familiar surroundings for your children during the move will help them deal with the idea of this huge change. It’s very important to make them feel safe and secure in the middle of all that mess. Since they can’t have your full attention, they might feel a bit nervous, so do anything you can to make this transition easier for them.
– Although you have had your new house cleaned before the moving day, you will have to clean it several times more before you can even say that everything’s sorted out. In case of some emergency cleaning, have cleaning supplies always available.
– During the move people usually don’t have time for cooking, so they eat out. However, if you want to make the new place feel like home as soon as possible, have a lunch or dinner at home with your loved ones. Plastic utensils will serve a purpose, so you don’t have to unpack the moving boxes with kitchen items immediately to have a nice time with your family.
– Stay hydrated on the move. Have a bottle of water always on hand. Remember that there are still a lot of tasks to be accomplished once you reach your new place and you need to be on track all along.
– If you are moving with pets, don’t forget to pack their food and supplies.
– Make sure you pack the clothes you and your family will need upon move-in. Keep the overnight moving bag in your car and take it where ever you go. If you reach your new home late at night, leave unpacking for the day after. Just take out some clean and fresh linens and make a bed for everyone. Reward yourself with a good night’s sleep. Once you recharge your batteries, you can handle the rest of the tasks from the moving checklist.