You’ve been prepping and planning your move for weeks. You’ve followed your packing checklists and taken inventory of your possessions. You’ve packed every box with care, thoroughly labeling each one. You’ve chosen a moving company, and now it’s time for the big move! While most of the hard work is out of the way, there are steps you can take to help moving day run as smoothly as possible for everyone involved. Here are seven items you may want to keep with you on moving day.
Keep a list of contact information for all parties involved in moving day, including the moving company, family members and friends helping with the move, your current and new landlords and care providers for pets and children. Whether you choose to store this information in your phone or keep a written list, you may want to take the time to type and print a copy for everyone involved in the move.
No matter how carefully you plan and pack, there can sometimes be a collection of random items that don’t make it into a box by moving day. Keep an extra box or two plus some tape, bubble wrap, newspaper and a marker on hand to corral last-minute items such as cleaning supplies, toiletries and long-lost items found behind furniture. Having extra supplies available can also come in handy if a box breaks or needs to be retaped or labeled.
Calorie-dense snacks such as energy bars or nuts are a quick and easy fix when hunger strikes midmove. You may want to keep some in your car as well as in both your old and new apartment, if possible. Keeping hydrated is especially important when doing physical activity such as packing and moving. Consider having some bottles of water on hand, too.
No matter the season or your level of involvement in the move, you may want to keep a spare set of weather-appropriate clothing with you. In warmer weather, you’re likely to sweat through your clothes and in cooler weather, extra layers may help keep you warm.
If you’re using a professional moving company, recognition and reward are always appreciated. When tipping your movers, you may want to stop by the ATM a few days prior to avoid adding one more errand to your day-of list.
If you use checks, keep your checkbook with you in the event of any unforeseen costs. This may include anything from move-in fees for your new apartment to extra, unanticipated hours for your movers.
After a long day of moving, chances are that the last thing on your mind is unpacking. In the event that you are too tired to unpack or cannot locate the boxes you are looking for, it is a good idea to pack a first-night box with any essentials you will need that night and the next morning. Items you may want to include are toiletries, bedding, towels, paper plates, plastic cups and cutlery, cell phone chargers, medications, pajamas and spare clothing.
Ordering food for delivery is simple, but doing a little research and creating a list of takeout and delivery options near your new apartment may help take the guesswork out of dinner when you’re too tired to cook or unpack your cooking supplies.
Moving to a new apartment is an exciting life event. Help ensure you get to enjoy the process by keeping these items with you on moving day, and hopefully you’ll be relaxing in your new apartment in no time!