When you’re moving a distance that takes several days to drive, you’ll need a good essentials kit. That means you’ll have to leave some stuff out while you’re packing so that you have it available when you need it.
Many people pack too much and miss out while they’re on the trip. But you don’t have to.
Keep these five things with you to help make your move as smooth as possible.
1. New Location Documents
Whether you are buying or renting your new home, you will have many documents to manage. You should bring things like the lease, closing documents, utilities and more.
Other important documents you should keep with you include things like your passport or birth certificate, legal documents, financial information, school records, and medical information. Make sure that you keep them safe and out of sight.
If you signed up for utility services, it’s wise to have a printed record with contact information just in case they aren’t working when you arrive.
2. Trip Reservations
Printing out maps and itineraries seems so outdated now. And yet, they could be vital – what happens if you lose your phone?
You don’t need to carry a huge stack of paperwork everywhere you go. Just having the information for the places that you plan to stay may be enough.
If you’re flying, don’t forget your boarding pass and identification. If you’re driving, you’ve got more flexibility. Just remember to keep all those documents in a safe spot of the car.
3. Drinks and Snacks
Many people like to drive their vehicles instead of transporting them in a moving truck. If you’ve got days of driving ahead, it’s wise to prepare for it.
Make a list of your favorite snacks and drinks and stock up before you leave. Be realistic when you shop. A road trip is no time to start a strict diet.
If you’re bringing the kids and pets on the trip, remember to get the things they like, too. That way, you won’t have to stop as frequently.
4. Basic Care Supplies
Think about the things that you would need for any other type of long-distance trip. Include clothing, personal hygiene items, medications, electronics, and chargers.
Using the list, pick a suitcase that you can easily pick up and move from a car or airport baggage claim. If you’re worried that you won’t fit everything, try a few methods to pack a suitcase efficiently.
5. An Open-First Box
Pack an open-first essentials box. This box contains all the things you’ll need to get started in your new home, like towels, laundry soap, and essential kitchen items.
It’s tempting to throw almost everything in here. To keep it simple, focus on the things you’d otherwise have to buy your first night.
If you have the room, consider bringing the box with you. That way, you won’t have to worry about the arrival of the moving truck.
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