Moving Essentials: 9 Things You Need When You Move Out and In

by / Thursday, 05 September 2019 / Published in Moving Tips
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If you’ve ever moved, you know how easy it is to lose possessions amidst the towers of boxes. Nothing is worse than being unable to find a roll of toilet paper on move-in day.

When you’re shuffling about in a new home, you’ll want to know where certain essentials are. That’s why you should put together a list of essential items.

We’ve done some of that hard work for you. Whether you’re moving across town or across the globe, you want that transition to be as smooth as possible.

Here are some of the moving essentials you’ll need on move-in day to make a smooth transition.

1. Keys and Wallet

Moving can be a hectic process. You may be tempted to toss everything into some boxes and go.

Resist doing this with your wallet and keys. You’re not going anywhere without your keys.

You don’t want to get caught without your wallet.

Think about how easy it is to misplace these items on a regular day. In the psychological mess that comes with moving, make an effort to pay attention to where you place your wallet and keys.

2. Important Documents

During the move, you may be tempted to put car registrations, insurance information, passports, lease agreements, and more in an unmarked box. You never know when you’ll need these documents at a moment’s notice.

If you can’t find these, you can turn an already stressful situation into a nightmare.

You should make sure any important documents are easily accessible at all times. If you need, you can keep a small file with important paperwork.

This will ensure you don’t lose track of these important documents. There are a few ways you can secure these items. You can keep them in a bank safe deposit box, with a trusted friend or family member, or in a digital file.

3. Basic Toiletries

For the first few days in your new home, you don’t want to get caught unable to wash. You don’t want to ravage through all your boxes in a bathroom emergency as soon as you move in.

Pack some of the basic toiletry items.

You don’t need to know where your favorite face wash is. You do need to be able to locate your toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, and soap.

4. Medications

If you take any medications, don’t neglect your daily doses. Along with your toiletries, you’ll need important prescriptions.

You may also wish to have other basic medications available. These include over-the-counter pain relievers, cold medicine, and allergy medicine.

5. A Small Tool Kit

When you first move in, you might find some minor repairs that need to be attended to. Any major repairs should already be taken care of before you move in. Keep a small kit of basic tools.

These include screwdrivers, hammers, and measuring tapes.

6. Nails, Hooks, Screwdrivers

You may wish to add some personal touches as soon as you move in. Maybe you’ve already decided on the perfect place for the photo of your dog.

If you plan to hang any photos or make small adjustments right away, you’ll need the stuff to do so.

7. Pen and Paper

Moving requires communication with agents, lawyers, landlords, insurance providers, and more.

You never know when something will come up. You’ll need a place to write down any important information. If you have a place for notes and contact information, make sure this is reachable.

You might keep this in your purse or in the center console of your car. Either way, you need to know where it is.

8. A Change of Clothes

It seems so obvious to say you’ll need a change of clothes. However, in the moving process, anything is easy to forget.

You could get caught up in the moment and toss every clothing item you own into some boxes. Make sure your pack a change of clothes separately.

It’s not uncommon to beat the moving truck, especially in long-distance moves. Depending on the distance, you’ll want to make sure you have enough clothes to last you a day or two.

9. Snacks and Water

After a long day of moving, you probably won’t want to think about going to the grocery store. Pack some ready-to-eat snacks and water bottles.

This will at least hold you off until the next day when things should feel a little less chaotic.

If you’re driving a long distance, pack enough snacks to keep you and the kids happy. Nothing is worse during a long drive than a tired, hungry child (or adult).

10. Don’t Forget the Kids’ Moving Essentials

For each kid, you might want to pack their own set of clothes, toiletries, and more. Make sure they have any items they can’t seem to live without.

This includes tablets, gaming devices, coloring books, and more.

11. Chargers and Electronics

In the modern age, we can’t survive without our phones. Our phones are like extensions of our very being.

If your life and work depend on your availability on the phone, make sure it stays charged. Keep any chargers and electronics you might need readily available.

12. A Small Moving Bag

You’re going to need somewhere to pack all your essentials. You can use a small duffle bag or suitcase.

Either way, you need somewhere to make sure you can easily locate the things you might need most. You should carry this bag separately from the rest of your possessions.

You don’t want it to get lost amid all the boxes. That would defeat the purpose of preparing it in the first place.

Make for a Happy Move

Moving from one home to another is stressful in more ways than one. You need to worry about financial and legal documents.

You have to keep track of the children.

It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of it all. This basic list of moving essentials is a good place for you to start.

Take some time to sit down and think about what you’ll need for this move. Remember that you don’t have to go it alone.

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