Moving Tips

Planning a Travel Kit for Move-In Day: Everything You Need to Know

Whether you’re moving across the country or down the street, packing a travel kit is essential. The last thing you’ll want to do on move-in day is search through boxes for toiletries or clothes. To save on time, try and come up with a list of things you’ll need while you’re traveling to your new neighborhood, unpacking, and settling into your new house. This list may include clothes for everyday wear, work outfits or uniforms, and nightwear; additionally, you may pack an extra set of clothes to wear while unpacking. Don’t forget toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, face wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, make-up, toilet paper, etc. If you’re starting a new job relatively soon after the move, you may want to include a clothing iron and a compact ironing board, keeping an outfit or two in garment bags.

Also, remember to add things that your children may need, if you have them. Bringing toys or games to keep them entertained will definitely make your move less stressful and help your kids ease into the transition. If your children are young, pack extra supplies like diapers and baby wipes in case settling in takes a day or two longer than expected. If your children are older, make sure to add any homework, books, or school supplies to the list, saving you time from rummaging through boxes later.

Make sure to pack these items separately in specially marked boxes or suitcases, to help you keep track of the things you’ll need on hand, be it at the airport, in the car, or as soon as you arrive to your new home. Some last minute items to add include First Aid supplies, a few granola bars, and a sleep mask for travel. The worst thing to be on moving day is tired!

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