There’s a lot that goes into a moving day. At this point, you’ve already found your landing spot, packed up the house, and coordinated the movers. You’ve been busy getting here, so it’s not uncommon to forget a few things here and there. To help you remember, we’ve assembled a list of the 10 things you’re probably going to forget for your move.
You don’t want to rely on a gas station or grocery store having the necessary phone charger that you need. Keep yours handy so you have easy access to it throughout the time that you’re loading up a truck, driving to your destination, staying in a hotel, and moving into your new home. It’s easy to mindlessly grab a pile of cords and toss them in a bag or a box and your charger is out of reach before you know it.
You’re going to want to keep your furniture nice during the move. While you might feel like everything is packed into the truck tight enough that nothing will jostle around and get banged up, it does happen. Boxes and other items will settle and create gaps just large enough to let your stuff move around. Put moving blankets on top of wood furniture to ensure that it doesn’t get scraped or broken.
Straps for the Truck
It’s normal for items to shift in the truck during a move. Although, you can minimize the amount of shuffling and sliding that goes on by using strapping buckles. Take your pick from straps that include anything from bungee cords to heavy-duty woven straps. Whatever it is that you decide to use, be sure that it’s tight enough to keep everything in place, but not so tight that it’s going to snap the wood of your furniture.
Stretch Wrap and Bed Bags
Keep your couch and beds clean and looking nice by wrapping them. Be sure to get a roll of stretch wrap and bed bags to protect the upholstery of fabric furniture by preventing snags and staining. Wrapping your furniture not only keeps it clean, but it pushes down any of the extra puff they might have and makes it easier to load items around them.
Small First-Aid Kit
Whether or not you’re the one doing the heavy lifting, it’s not uncommon to get small nicks and bruises along the way. Keep a small first-aid kit handy so you can help anyone who gets cut on a cardboard box or slips with a knife. Furthermore, OTC painkillers can be good to have as well so you can prevent sore muscles the next day.
No matter where you’re going, it’s nice to have an extra change of clothes readily available when you’re moving. These might be something that you’ll want to change into if your shirt gets caught on the corner of the truck, you get dirty from boxes in the garage, or you simply want a fresh set of clothes after getting sweaty from moving boxes. For whatever reason, keep this somewhere that you can get to them easily.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Your toiletry bag should be the last thing to go into the truck or your car. Driving to your new home will be a much more enjoyable experience if you’ve had a chance to put on some fresh deodorant and brush your teeth. This is also a good place to keep your daily medicine so it’s easily accessible.
Disposable Dishes, Cutlery, and Paper Towels
It’s not uncommon to load up a truck the night before a big move. If this is the case, you’re going to need dishes and cutlery to get you through the next couple of meals. Buy some paper plates and plastic cutlery so you can throw it all in the trash when you’re done eating. Paper towels are a good thing to have on hand to use as napkins and clean up messes.
Moving is hard work. Buy a pack of water bottles for yourself and share with the movers. Not only will they make for easy clean-up as you won’t have to do any dishes after getting a drink, but you can also take the rest of the pack in the car with you so you always have a drink nearby.
This cannot be understated. Banks will often freeze debit cards if they notice unusual spending habits outside of the area in which you live. If you’re moving out of state and have already let your bank know, you might still run into this problem. Keep some cash on hand in case your bank mistakenly freezes your card and you need to make necessary purchases after banking hours.