So you’re moving – yay! Congratulations on taking the plunge and moving somewhere new whether it’s for a job, new opportunity, for love, for fun, or any other reason (which there are tons of other reasons, but too many to list here).
I’ve moved a few times (3 states in 3 years and that doesn’t even count moving in-state as well). One thing I’ve learned from my moving experiences is that there are a few essentials that you should have with you on moving day. This box or bag of essentials should be the last thing you load into your vehicle – and this should stay with YOU and not go into the moving truck. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving across town or across the country, you’ll be glad you packed these items.
1: Your License and other Identification Cards. This one seems like a no-brainer, but for those that don’t carry a purse or wallet at all times – you will want your license and/or other IDs on you. What if you get a speeding ticket? You’ll want multiple forms of ID on you.
- Side note to this one: Keep your social security card available too. Especially if you’re moving for a job or you won’t unpack every single box within the first day or two of moving. Trust me, I made this mistake once and moved across the country (with most of my items in my SUV but left many boxes behind in storage). I did not have a job lined up before I moved but quickly found a full-time office job and they needed my social security card to hire me. The hassle of having to dig through everything while still in a transitional time was HELL! There came a point where I was scared that I left it in a box in storage more than 1,000 miles away from me. Sometimes when you’re packing (at least for me), you’re not fully aware of what you may need in the first week or so of moving – but you’ll want to know where everything is.
2: Phone Charger. Kindle charger; laptop and charger; tablet and charger; etc. Maybe a flashlight just in case.
3: Coffee Maker, Mug, Coffee, Creamer/Sugar. If you’re a caffeine addict like myself, you’ll want to know where these items are when you move. And you’ll want them to be easily accessible. If unloading the truck takes longer than you think it will and you’re unloading into the night or you get delayed in your trip to the new residence, you’ll want this. No, you’ll need this.
4: Toilet Paper and other toiletries. You are not going to want to make multiple trips to a convenience store to pick up toilet paper, paper towels, and soap. Bring yourself a towel so you can shower if you need to. You may want to do some light cleaning before you unpack your boxes – if that’s the case, pack a box of cleaning supplies and towels as well.
- Side note: If you take any medications, have these handy! Maybe a small first aid kit as well … or at least a few band-aids and ibuprofen just in case.
5: Water and sustenance! Bring some bottles of water (and other beverages of your choice) and pop that in the fridge in your new place. Bring some snacks if you’re not keen on waiting for pizza delivery on move-in day.
6: An overnight bag. I know the title says there’s only 5 essential items to pack but here’s a bonus for you. Pack an overnight bag with a change of clothes and a pillow/blanket combo. I’ve packed a moving truck once and by the time it was all packed and ready, it was too late to start my journey (mainly because I was also very sick and had a horrible case of bronchitis so I was exhausted), so I ended up staying one last night in my apartment. Luckily for me I had a pillow, sleeping bag, and blanket that I could easily grab and bring back inside.
Word to the wise: it’s better to be over prepared than not prepared at all. Will you absolutely need everything on this list every time you move? Maybe not, but at least you’ll be prepared for the What If’s and the Just in Case’s.
Am I missing anything? Do you have additional tips or move-in day stories? Let me know below!