Whether you’re moving to a new location fast or storing your personal belongings until you find the right place to relocate, you should always stock a moving kit. This helps keep the most important items that help you get through your day or facilitate a successful move without the stress. Instead of unpacking 10 boxes to find your toothbrush or taking apart that storage unit to locate an important document, you’ll have them within reach.
A moving kit can be a small carry-on suitcase or a weekender bag. Anything that you would normally use for a weekend trip will work fine. Here is an essentials list you should have stashed:
- Basic Toiletries – This would be your razors, soaps, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hair brush, hair ties, etc. Pretty much anything you need to get ready in the morning and prep yourself for bed in the evening.
- Medications – Anything you, your significant other, your kids or your pets need to take should be in your bag.
- ID/Wallet – Your driver’s license or ID card, credit cards, debit cards – anything you use to transact – should be stashed in a pocket of your kit.
- Glasses/Contacts – Cases for eyeglasses and contacts and contact solution should be readily accessible just in case.
- Electronics – Not just any electronics but your day-to-day items such as phones and tablets. Be sure that the charging cord for each item is stowed into your kit bag.
- Clothes – It may take a few days or even a few weeks to get the majority of your items unpacked. In the meantime, be sure to pack several sets of clothes, for both leisure and work, so you can resume your daily activities while you move.
- Important Documents – Your moving contracts, bills and other necessary paperwork should be easy to find in your moving kit. To be even more organized, dedicate a folder to each type of document so you won’t have papers spilling out while you search for what you need.
- First Aid Kit – It may seem silly but accidents happen. Having some bandages and antiseptic easy to access in sticky situations is priceless.
- Starter Set – Have a few dishes set aside from the main items being packed. A basic set for each person in your family is fine. A bowl, plate, cup and set of silverware left out for use comes in handy when you are in a new place and can’t seem to find the box that has all of your kitchenware. You can also purchase disposable plates, cups and silverware.
- Tools – It never fails. There is usually a piece of furniture that needs quick assembly or a minor repair that needs to happen immediately during a move. Keeping a few tools aside can help get the job done quicker.
- Coffee Pot or Tea Kettle – If you are a person who starts their day with coffee or needs a soothing cup of tea in a hectic schedule, leave a coffee pot or tea kettle with your essentials kit. Don’t make the mistake of assuming you’ll be okay for a few days without them. In a pinch you can search for a coffee shop to get your fix until you locate your appliances but always better safe than sorry.
By having a small bag with these essentials you can alleviate a lot of the headache that goes into packing, moving and unloading.
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