Are you about to make a long distance move? Moving can be an overwhelming process, but you can simplify the first few days in your new house by packing a few essential items. Put one box aside for you to pack the items you will need right away. A clear box is great because you can see the items. Make sure to label the box so the interstate movers do not pack this box with the rest of your personal items.
Mattress and Bedding
Often, it will take some time to unpack the furniture, especially if you must wait for a moving truck that is driving across the country. In the meantime, you might want to sleep on a blow-up mattress. Packing a sleeping bag, your own pillow, and blankets will make you feel right at home until your real bed arrives.
Kid's Sleep Items
If you are traveling to your new home with children, allow them to choose one of their favorite blankets or stuffed animals as a travel buddy. You may also want to include a night light or two to help them feel comfortable in the new place.
Fresh Clothes and Toiletries
Moving is exhausting and you will want to feel fresh and clean after all the hard work of traveling. Make sure you pack deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, and a toothbrush, plus a couple of bath towels and washcloths. Pack a few extra rolls of toilet paper too, since your new bathroom probably isn't stocked. Remember your undergarments and something to sleep in.
Cleaning Products and Towels
A clean house will help you feel right at home, and the best time to clean is before everything is unpacked. You can really tackle the nitty-gritty like blinds, baseboards, shelving, etc. Make sure to include some cleaning towels and cleaning supplies.
Picnic Items and Refreshments
You might be having a picnic the first few days in your new home. Make it easy on yourself and pack essentials like disposable plates and utensils. A roll or two of paper towels can be used for napkins or cleaning up any messes. Pack a few snacks, water bottles, and a few of your favorite drinks to celebrate your new home.
Stocked First-Aid Kit
Hopefully you won't need to use it, but it can be helpful to have a First Aid kit. Include items like Band-Aids, a small pair of scissors and disinfecting wipes. If your boxes arrive and you feel the urge to begin unpacking, you can quickly take care of any cuts or scrapes the moving boxes might cause.
Once you have your clear box ready, make sure you place your keys, lease papers, phone, and chargers on top of the box. It is also important to have any medications and important records like birth certificates, passports, and Social Security cards in your possession. Moving is a lot of work, but the transition can be made easier when you have a plan in place.