What to Pack in Your Moving Day Bag
Moving day is finally here, and you are watching all of your worldly possessions be packed onto that giant truck, to be safely transported to your new home.
But wait a minute:
Let’s not put all of your worldly possessions in that truck. There are things you’re going to need to access on moving day, or immediately after arriving at your new home. It is advisable that you pack a “moving day bag” for every member of your family, and to carry these with you in your car on the big day.
Whether you are working with long distance movers, or simply making a hop across town, here are the things you should have with you at all times on moving day.
# Your Moving Company Contract
As soon as you select your moving company, dedicate a folder to all of the paperwork you receive from them. On the day of the move, you will want to make sure that you have your initial cost estimate, your contracts, and any additional paperwork you are handed during the move itself.
# Your Personal Toiletries, and a Change of Clothes
Treat moving day the same way you would treat an overnight trip. Yes, all of your belongings are coming with you, but they will not be easily accessible right away. Make sure that each member of your family has a complete change of clothes, and all necessary toiletries. The last thing you want is to go digging through boxes, looking for your contact lens holders. Bring them with you.
# Personal Identification
Any sensitive personal identification should be kept on you during moving day. If you are moving out of the country, remember to bring your passport. You should have a driver’s license or state ID card readily accessible, but other important documents such as birth certificates or Social Security cards should also come with you in the car, in a separate folder.
# Prescription Medications
Make sure that everyone in your family has enough prescription medication to get them through moving day, and probably a few days afterwards as well. It is always a good idea to have all of your prescriptions refilled before moving, and to immediately transfer prescriptions to a new local pharmacy.
Cash will be helpful for emergencies, for tolls, for gas, and for rest stop lunches. It is not advisable that you pack cash into your moving truck, so keep it on you.
# Irreplaceable Valuables
It is always recommended that you keep any important jewelry with you in a box which can be packed into your car. Remember to also bring any irreplaceable valuables with you in the car as well. This could include heirloom jewelry, small collectibles, photo albums, etc.
# Packing for Kids and Babies
Your best bet is to expect the unexpected. If you think you’ll need a single change of clothes, pack 3. If you think you’ll need about 10 diapers, bring 20. It’s far better to be overprepared than underprepared. Remember that moving day is stressful for kids, just as it’s stressful to you. Bring anything you can to help make them comfortable – a favorite blanket or toy, a special movie, or even some games to play. Be prepared for events like carsickness or spilled drinks, especially if you have a long drive.
It’s best to begin a “moving day essentials” checklist for yourself when your move is still a few weeks out. Add items to your list as you think of them, and by the time moving day rolls around, you’ll feel much more confident that you have everything you need.
Niv Orlian is an online marketer and the Co-Founder of DO Online Marketing, a Chicago based company that helps local businesses such as Golan’s Moving & Storage, acquire, manage, and retain local customers online.