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Items you may forget to pack when moving

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Put together a list of items you should pack before moving day

While everyone’s hoping for a smooth move from start to finish, the truth is that we often fail to tackle some important tasks. Keep your reminders close all along so as to keep unpleasant surprises at bay. Since human brain is incapable of storing infinite pieces of information, it’s always advisable to turn to some traditional resources like creating an exhaustive checklist.

Chances are that you will easily get caught up in the whirlwind of moving activities, so you’ll be better off writing your tasks down instead of trying to memorize them all.

In the middle of the chaos it’s extremely important to stay organized and make sure not to leave behind anything that you may need in your new residence. While you may think that it will be easier to access everything you need once you reach your new, unfortunately in most cases it’s not the case. Depending on the time of day when you arrive, you may (not) have the time nor energy to search through your moving boxes in order to get essentials for the first night at your new home.

Chances are many people have been in that frustrating situation where they find out they haven’t packed some of the essential items. But, guess what? That revelation usually comes a little too late, since you are already unpacking at your new place and your old home is miles away. As a result of a lot of hard work and stress caused by a household move, we all happen to forget some of the (not so) important items.

Hopefully these suggestions will help you keep track of your treasured belongings so that you can pack everything that really matters to you.

Keep reminding yourself to…

Here are some of the commonly forgotten items you should double-check when packing and moving house.

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Take care of your personal documents on moving day

-Collect all your personal documents – medical prescriptions, medical records, vet records, school documents.

-Tackle your storage area. There might be something that you really need among the accumulated clutter in your garage, attic or basement.

-Safe deposit box content – since valuables are often kept in well protected places, make sure to take them out before the day of the move. Also, you may feel more comfortable transporting your valuables on your own instead of entrusting them to your moving crew.

– Get your medications out of bathroom cabinet and keep your every-day therapy on hand especially when you hit the road towards new home.

-Return all borrowed and rented items like library books and get back everything you’ve loaned out to friends and neighbors.

How to pack a survival kit

Prepare your survival kit for the first couple of days in your new home. Typically, it’s the last box to be loaded into the moving truck and the first one you will reach when unloading.

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Pack some healthy snacks before you hit the road to your new home

With the essentials you will need right after you reach your new home on hand you may feel a bit less uncomfortable in the middle of all those unpacked moving boxes in an unfamiliar environment. If you reach your new place late at night, chances are you won’t get far with unpacking. Probably you will be exhausted after a long moving day and you will only want to find the shortest route to your bed.

Since you don’t want to go through all of your boxes to find your clean bedding, make sure to keep your pillow and linens close. In case anything goes wrong during the moving and unpacking process, the content of the essential box will keep you covered until you settle into a new home completely.

Therefore, make sure to pack necessities for the whole family:

  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • Kids’ toys
  • Beverages
  • Clean clothes and towels
  • Personal documents – medical records, passports, vet records, bank statements,…

Even if there is a grocery store nearby, make sure to include some foodstuff  in your essentials kit just in case, especially when moving with kids. As we all know, children may become very nervous and demanding when exposed to the moving stress, so stock up on their favorite snacks, toys and other entertainment resources. The essentials you need for moving day mostly depend on your family’s needs. The ideal checklist for the upcoming move is customized according to your personal requirements, so make sure to take all factors into account.

Additional tips: list of items movers won’t pack

While organizing a household move, forgetting or overlooking certain items and tasks is not uncommon due to increased stress and tension. The truth is that even the most impeccable checklists are not infallible.

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Dispose of non-allowable items ahead of time

A positive outcome of the move depends not only on what you pack, but also how you do it. The truth is that moving is a process no one looks forward to, but either way you should plan if properly. It’s always a good idea to label your boxes properly so that your movers know exactly how to treat them and where they belong.

Although moving companies keep all relocation stages under control, still there are certain items they cannot transport due to safety issues. As it turns out, some items will be better off if transported with you or left behind. You certainly don’t want to put the rest of your items at risk by transporting some of the following items:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Batteries
  • Bleach
  • Car batteries
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Fuel
  • Oil
  • Pesticides

Also, perishables do not belong in the back of the moving truck, not to mention that improperly packed food can attract different sorts of insects along the way. The best rule of thumb is to use or donate all perishables prior to moving day. Start with spotting almost expired food – don’t waste any inch of the relocation truck space transporting items you will eventually toss. After all, if you are concerned about whether or how to pack some of your valuables, ask your movers for more specific guidelines before your moving team shows up on moving day.