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30 Items You Should Keep With You During A Move

Published by Chris Townsend

Since the truck will transport your possessions, you may plan on taking just the bare essentials with you. However, there are some possessions you may not want to risk losing during the chaos and others you may need during the trip or when you get to the new house. Some of these items are as follows:

  1. Toilet paper. Along with tissues and paper towels, these are some supplies you may need urgently.
  2. A simple first aid kit. Since you’ll be dealing with heavy objects and tight corners, there is a chance either you or one of the people carrying your furniture will get injured. Having some band aids and antiseptic wipes may come in handy.
  3. Batteries. Some electronic devices cannot be recharged. If you’re carrying such items with you, having spare batteries will be necessary.
  4. A pillow and sheets. You’ll likely arrive at an empty house much sooner than your furniture. So, you should consider how you will sleep and where.
  5. Toiletries. Your new home may be dirty, and you’ll likely want to take a shower after the trip. Make sure you have everything you’ll need with you.
  6. A shower curtain. If your new home doesn’t have one, it may lead to some uncomfortable situations.
  7. Coffee and tea. If you start your mornings with one of these 2 items, you may enjoy having them with you.
  8. Your keys. It may seem obvious, but you should double check them just in case. We all forget about our keys sometimes.
  9. Cleaning supplies. You’ll need a broom, dish soap, multisurface cleaner, etc. Of course, you can buy these supplies from a nearby store, but just like with the toilet paper, you may need them immediately.
  10. A pen. You’ll need it to make lists, organize yourself on paper, etc.
  11. Kitchen utensils. You may want to eat after finally arriving home. For this, you’ll need enough utensils and plates for the entire family.
  12. Sunblock. If it’s summer, you may need it for all the back and forth in the sun carrying boxes or watching over the movers.
  13. Your medicine. If you have a prescription you’re following, it’s best not to assume the medicine can be found near your new home as easily as you did near the old one.
  14. Toys. Ask your children which toys they’d like to take with them. One toy per child won’t take too much space, and it will keep them busy while you sort out the move.
  15. Easy meals. You may be in a rush when moving in, so having something to eat that isn’t hard to prepare will prove useful. Cereals, pasta, canned food, or peanut butter are all good choices.
  16. Basic cooking tools. Depending on your meal plans, you may need a can opener, a serving spoon, and/or a pot.
  17. Snacks. You can skip the cooking process altogether if you have some snacks with you. This type of food doesn’t require utensils, preparation, or refrigeration, making it ideal when moving.
  18. Beverages. If you don’t have a way to filter tap water, you may want to get some bottled water instead.
  19. Pet food. Sometimes, feeding your pet can be more difficult than finding food for yourself. After the flight, you’ll likely need to have some prepared.
  20. A tool kit. You may want to fix a few things around the house until the movers arrive. To do it, you’ll need some basic tools.
  21. Scissors. You can injure yourself if you try to open boxes with a knife, and scissors are a great alternative.
  22. Identification records and cars. Your passport, driver’s license, or lease should be kept close to you.
  23. An alarm clock. You can install it on your personal phone or simply buy one and bring it with you. All the accumulated stress over the move may affect your sleep, and it wouldn’t look good to be late on your first day at the new job.
  24. Phone numbers. You may need to contact various financial institutions, your moving company, or your lender. It will be easier if you have their numbers saved.
  25. A credit card or cash. If you lack most of the items on this list, you can still go to a store and buy them.
  26. Duct tape. You never know when you’ll need it.
  27. Sentimental items. Regardless of its monetary value, if you have an object you treasure dearly, it will be safer if you take it with you.
  28. Chargers. Losing contact with the world while being between homes can be very dangerous. You should have a way to keep your phone charged.
  29. A change of clothes. It can be days or weeks until your things arrive. You should prepare your luggage as if you were going on vacation.
  30. A flashlight. If the power fails, you’ll need it to find your way. You should have spare batteries for it, as well as candles and matches just in case.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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