We all know moving can be stressful.
And once the home is officially yours, those first few nights in your new home can be a little daunting. You’re sleeping in new surroundings and you the majority of your “stuff” will be in boxes, or may still be en-route, or it may be awhile before the truck arrives. Be prepared!
Pack like you’re going on holiday
Of course you are not headed on a vacation, but moving into a new environment and living without most of your belongings is a bit like going on vacation. Pack a small suitcase for each family member and include the basics you would normally bring if you were leaving home for awhile including toiletries, medications, change of clothing, books and entertainment, and chargers.
Don’t forget your documents
In your move, it’s always recommended that all important documents be kept separate from your household items. Keep all important paperwork with you during the move so you can easily access them even during this temporary time.
Pack food and other comforts
Your first night in your new home may be filled with chaos and confusion. If you had a chance to switch on your utilities, and your kitchen is functioning, you may be able to start preparing meals in your new home. If that’s the case then you’ll want to have with you a box filled with basics for a couple of meals. Consider packing along some plates, utensils and containers for preparing food.
If your kitchen isn’t ready for meal preparation, consider packing “camping” food that you can snack on until you’re ready to cook or go out for a meal. Keep everyone well hydrated and fed by having items available like bottled water, non-perishable snacks like granola bars, hand sanitizer, fruit and dry cereal.
Small furnishings to make your house feel like home
Although your furnishings are on their way, you may have a period of time where you are sleeping without any of your usual comforts. If you have room, bring some items that will make your first few nights comfortable like an air mattress, sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, small lamps.
Keep your pets safe and happy
Pets are part of the family, so of course you’ll want to consider their well-being during this transition time. Bring along the items that your pet will need for the short term. If you have a dog, consider checking ahead of your move where the closest dog parks are in your area and find out the local leash laws. Once you move you’ll want to update your pet’s collar identification, register your pet with the appropriate agency and find a local veterinarian.
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