When you’re driving to a new home, you don’t have to decide what to bring with you. You’ll be getting there at the same time as your belongings, so the only thing you need to worry about is being able to find the things you need when you arrive.
Flying to a new home is different. The bulk of your belongings are most likely traveling separately, and that means you need to make smart decisions about what to carry with you so you can be sure that you have the essentials when you arrive.
- Bring enough clothes for everyone to last until the rest of your belongings get there. It’s a good idea to bring extra underwear. However, if you’ll have easy access to a washing machine, you can always do laundry.
- You also need to pack bedding and towels for everyone in your family. It’s very easy to forget these since we’re not accustomed to having to bring them with us when we travel, but you don’t want to be stuck at the end of a long day without the ability to take a shower. You should also bring a shower curtain unless your new home has a glassed-in shower.
- Make sure everybody has essential toiletries. That includes shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, and even makeup. If you feel your best when you have blush and mascara on, make sure to bring them with you. Remember to bring extra diapers and diapering supplies if you have a baby.
- Bringing basic paper supplies (or buying them as soon as you arrive) is a must. You need to have toilet paper, Kleenex, and paper towels on hand.
- Unless you plan on eating every meal out, you should plan on bringing some basic kitchen supplies and food. It’s a good idea to bring enough dishes and cutlery for your whole family. You may also want to pack some easy-to-prepare food staples, snacks, and bottled water if you won’t have access to running water. Make sure to include coffee or tea bags for your caffeine fix.
- Having a basic first aid kit on hand is a very good idea. You won’t have your usual complement of supplies, but moving and cleaning are activities that can result in minor injuries and you want to be able to deal with them easily. At the bare minimum, you should have disinfectant, bandages, antibiotic cream, a thermometer, and some ibuprofen.
- Any daily medications you need, including vitamins and supplements.
- Cleaning supplies are another must, since it will be easy to do major cleaning before your furniture arrives. Cleaning products, sponges, and so on will help you get the job done.
- Bringing a few basic tools is essential. You should include a small tool kit, a good pair of scissors, a box cutter, and some duct tape.
- Pack essential electronics, including laptops and cell phones, and chargers for all of them. You may not have internet access right away, but you should still have these things with you. It’s also a good idea to bring a radio with you so you have some entertainment in the event that you have to wait a few days for your wireless to be connected.
- Other electronics/devices to include are a working flashlight, a portable alarm clock, and batteries for anything that isn’t rechargeable.
- Speaking of entertainment, it’s also a good idea to bring a few books or small games and toys if you have young children. You’re going to need to keep them occupied and entertained, and it’s worth the space in your luggage to bring a few things that they love.
- Bring a list of all of your important phone numbers so you have access to them if you need them. You should include, at minimum, your moving company, your lender, your real estate agent, and your insurance agent.
- Other essential documents should also be carried with you, including insurance cards, birth certificates, passports, and credit cards.
Moving can be stressful, but if you include all of these items when packing you can be sure that you’ll have what you need to survive until the movers arrive.