When you first move in all of your things will be in boxes and you may stay at your new house before the boxes even in arrive. Review the list below for a items to pack and bring with you in the car.   

 

SLEEP

This is what you'll need after traveling and moving all day.

Bring sheets, blankets and pillows enough for all.

If the beds won't be there the first night, bring some air mattresses at least enough for the adults.  Our backs can't take the hard floor any more.

If the beds will be there, make those up first thing, so when you're ready to go to sleep you can crawl right in.

 

DO NOT LOSE BATTERY LIFE ON YOUR LIFELINE TO THE WORLD OR YOUR KIDS' ENTERTAINMENT DEVICES

Chargers for your phone, tablets, laptops, etc.  

A few AA and AAA batteries for items like garage door openers or other remotes and kids entertainment items.

 

STAY CLEAN AND REFRESHED

Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush.

Towels and washcloths.

Shower curtain and a rod if one is not existing.

Toilet paper and paper towel.

 

CLEAN UP AS NEEDED

Cleaning supplies: dish soap, rags, broom, dust pan, window and multi-surface cleaner.

 

SEE IN THE DARK

Flashlight

 

FEED THE FAMILY

Snacks, beverages, simple meal items: think of granola bars, cereal, fruit, bottled water, juice, soda, cans of soup, pasta and sauce, frozen pizzas - anything you can easily grab and make up for the family or have them help themselves.

Pot, pan, large spoon, spatula and can opener

 

ENTERTAIN THE KIDS

Arts and crafts

Tablets, laptops

Books

Stationary to write relatives a letter

Assign them some of the work

 

HANDY ITEMS TO HAVE CLOSE BY

Scissors, pen and paper.

Packaging tape or duct tape

Basic tools like a hammer, screwdriver and pliers.

 

PREP FOR ANY POTENTIAL INJURIES

First Aid Kit or a few first aid items like bandaids, ibuprofin, antiseptic wipes or cream, thermometer and tweezers.

 

MEASUREMENTS AND PICTURES FOR FUTURE PLANNING

Take pictures and measurements of each room.

List each room on a piece of paper or in a note taking app like Evernote, along with the measurements.  If you used paper store somewhere safe for the future.

 

RELAX!

Depending on whether you enjoy a glass of wine or not - a bottle of wine and an opener.  You can use your paper cups from above.