Making a move is often an exciting time in our lives as we shut on chapter and move on to a new beginning. But with a move also comes a lot of work to do, a lot of things to get done, and a lot of things to remember. By the time you actually reach moving day, you have already done a lot of the hard work there is to be done. You have made a clear inventory of all of your belongings, you got rid of things you no longer needed or didn’t want to take with you, you have carefully labeled each box and made sure you had the right supplies you would need for packing, you have gone room by room packing one box at a time for weeks, you have checked and re-checked that everything on your to-do list has been done. Moving day is finally here and now all you need to do is pack all the boxes in the truck and unload them at your new house, right?
Here is a list of 7 things you want to make sure to remember to have available on moving day:
- EXTRA PACKING SUPPLIES
Even though you went through one room at a time and carefully packed each box for weeks before moving day arrived, there are bound to be miscellaneous items that have been left out during your time of packing. Typically, they are items that we can’t pack up in advance because we will need them for the days leading up to our move such as pet food, blankets, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc.
You will want to make sure you keep a few extra boxes on hand that these miscellaneous items can be packed away into at the last minute. Additionally, you will want to have some extra newspaper or bubble wrap for breakable items, tape to close the box off with, scissors to cut the tape with, and a marker to write on the box with. Keeping these extra supplies on hand throughout moving day will also come in handy if a box breaks during your move.
- SNACKS AND DRINKS
Moving is hard work and often takes an entire day to complete. You will want to make sure you have snacks and drinks on hand to be able to quickly refuel throughout the day. Quick and easy snacks such as energy bars and nuts can be convenient for helping you re-boost energy throughout the day and fight hunger. With the amount of work and exercise you will be getting in it will also be important to keep drinks such as bottled water and Gatorade on hand to prevent dehydration. It is a good idea to keep snacks and drinks available in both your old and new home, as well as in your car or moving truck.
- IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
There will likely be a lot of people and companies involved in helping you complete your move. You will want to keep the important contact information for these people available with you throughout your move. You can keep this information in your phone, but it is also a good idea to have a copy of the list for everyone that is helping you with the move as well. This list should include information for: the moving company, the rental truck company, family members or friends helping with the move, care providers for your pets or children, and current and new landlords if you are renting.
- CASH AND CHECKBOOK
It is a good idea to keep cash and your checkbook on hand with you throughout your move so you will be prepared for any unanticipated costs that arise such as gas for the moving truck or your car, additional snacks or drinks you need throughout the day, move-in fees if you are renting, extra and unanticipated hours for your movers, and tipping. Remember whether you are using a professional moving company, or you have family members and friends helping you with your move, recognition and reward are always greatly appreciated.
- SPARE CLOTHING
Keeping an extra set of weather appropriate spare clothing on hand the day of your move is a good idea whether you are moving in hot or cold temperatures. Even if you don’t think you will be doing much during the move, you will still probably be moving around and doing a lot. For warmer weather you will want to have a change of clothes in case your clothes get too sweaty and damp and in cooler weather having extra layers can help if you get too cold during the move. Having spare clothing available will also be useful if anything unexpected happens like your pants or shirt ripping.
- DINNER PLANS
The last thing you are going to want to do after a long day of moving is going to be to figure out what to have for dinner – and especially cooking that dinner. While you will most likely choose to get takeout or delivery for your moving day dinner, you should do some research beforehand to make sure you know what options you will have available to you in your new area. If you had family members or friends helping you with your move, you may also want to reward them and celebrate with them with dinner at the end of the day.
- FIRST NIGHT BAG
After you have spent weeks packing and all day moving, you also are unlikely to be in the mood to unpack once you get to your new home. For this reason, it is a good idea to put together a first night bag that will have anything you will need for that evening and the next day such as a change of clothes, toiletries, chargers, electronics, bedding, towels, paper plates and utensils, plastic cups, pajamas, and medications.