I have moved more than you probably want to know! March is a busy time and it kicks off moving season. So I thought I’d share a couple things. If you’ve been looking forward to moving the last few months, you know how exciting it can be. However, the first few days right before a move can be extremely hectic, stressful, and just overwhelming with all the simple or large tasks that need to get accomplished! To help you manage that stress and last-minute running around, there are a few things you can do to help yourself and your travel run smoother. Better yet, some of these tips will even help eliminate the stress when you finally get to your destination as well!
- Printed Copies of Hotels/Tickets – There was a time when we didn’t rely on technology to help us check-in and out of our hotels or airline tickets when it comes time to travel. To be safe, have a printed copy of your accommodations as well as your plane, train, or bus ticket as a backup if you’re phone is not working or not able to scan. It may seem like something that won’t happen to you until it does and also purchasing a train ticket while the one you already purchased will be more expensive to do to save yourself the hassle and have an extra on hand.
- Getting Updated Shots/Filled Prescriptions – If you are planning a move internationally, you’ll want to make sure that you are up to date with your shots. Plan a visit to your doctor to make sure any prescriptions that you need filled or discuss any other medical measures before you fly is key. Depending on where you are going, of course, you’ll need to receive the proper vaccinations as well. Once you have everything you need, make sure to travel safely with your medicine, have it properly labeled, and any paperwork that you need with you at all times.
- Create A Survival/First Aid Kit – Don’t worry this doesn’t have to be anything super fancy but just things that are catered to helping you feel your best while you’re in the heart of moving. This can include earplugs, bandaids, Neosporin, a sleep mask, headphones, or any hand sanitizer you need to keep germs away from those long flights. If you are driving to your new location, pack plenty of snacks, water bottles, a first aid kit, extra blankets, a suitcase filled with a variety of clothing for layering, and an extra battery and plugs to keep your phones and devices charged.
- Clean Sheets – This may not be something you’d think of but after two long flights that were delayed the only thing I was thinking about was my big comfortable bed to crawl into after a long day. I pack my sheets and strip the beds of any hotels I’m staying at to give me the comfort and peace of mind that I have clean sheets and not stepping into anything that hasn’t been washed or properly cleaned. It also brings a bit of comfort having them as well.
- Packing Cubes- These have recently surfaced all across the internet as an easy way to keep all your items in certain spots in your suitcase! Being organized makes it easier to keep things in their spot as well as not having to sit on your suitcase to shut it. You’ll love them and all the variety of colors and designs to choose from too.
- Keep Cash On Hand- Similar to having a copy of your important paperwork, sometimes your card may not work either. Have a few small bills with you just to be on the safe side depending on where you are traveling to. You can always exchange your cash for the proper currency too!
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- Hiring A Trustworthy Moving Company: Now that the little things have been established, you can get help with the bigger items that need to be moved out of your apartment or home. Finding a company to assist is key. In Texas, one company called Gameday Moving Services Houston is there to help in any way they can! This Houston long-distance moving company offers services to help you not only move across the country but also a few towns away! I love that their motto is “your moving day is our game day” which ensures me that they are ready for anything to happen, detailed movers, and a business you can rely on.
Now that I’ve shared a few pre-travel checklist ideas with you all, which ones do you think will help you before the big day? I know there are probably a few things I missed too so I can’t wait for you to share what you do to help make it easier before and after your move!