Moving to a new place (or country) can be exhilarating and scary at the same time. There’s a whole new chapter in your life you can look forward to, but you will also have to do some research and make tough decisions when picking out your new home. Family and close friends will have their own thoughts and concerns which could influence your decision.
Then, after finally selecting the right one for you and your family, the paperwork begins.
However, you will still have to consider a couple of other factors first before packing and leaving your former home. You also need to answer a few important questions when deciding on what to prioritise during packing.
Questions to Ask When Packing for a New Place
Whether you are having an interstate or international move, below are some questions you need to ask yourself:
- What will I need immediately?
- What can I live without?
- What is the risk of moving this or that item?
- What new items would I like or want to purchase?
After taking all the questions above into consideration, you should do some research on the cost of movers and packers.
When everything is signed, and all the fees are paid, it’s finally time to pack your belongings. But what should you bring to your new home?
Some people decide to start from scratch and buy new furniture and decorative items. Others are a bit more sentimental and want to bring everything with them. Whether you’re the former or the latter, there are a couple of things that must always be with you when relocating.
Below is a list of essential items that you should make sure to pack for the big move.
Essential papers like certificates and records must be on hand at all times because they are commonly used as proof of identity, and are usually difficult to replace. Documentation is always needed to file for services or open accounts as well. For instance, if your child has to attend a different school, the new one will probably ask for past records or transcripts.
Each document should be photocopied at least twice. Keep one set with you and leave the other copies with a close relative or trusted friend. As soon as you get to your new home, place them in a safe place.
Below is a list of necessary official documents you should have at all times:
- Tax information
- Birth certificates
- Marriage certificate or licence
- Immunization records
- Medical records (i.e., prescriptions for frequently used medications, eyeglasses, dental records)
- Pet health records
- School transcripts, diplomas, and other related documents
Make sure to have all the necessary prescribed medicines before leaving your old home. Place them somewhere easily accessible to you.
Bringing any medicines you frequently use is especially important if you’re moving to a location that requires you to find a new doctor. If this is the case, you might want to stock up on medication. Pack enough to last until you see a new physician who will prescribe the medicines needed to maintain your health.
It will probably take some time to find the right doctor to treat your medical condition or one that you get along with for regular check-ups. So it’s best to be prepared.
Below are some medications you’ll want to have on hand:
- Allergy medications
- Insulin (for diabetics)
- Pain medicine
- Prescriptions for asthma
- Any other medications for chronic conditions
When it comes to electronics, focus on packing the smaller ones. Leave the bigger ones to the professionals. Trying to move bigger items like TVs and major household appliances on your own can be very tricky.
Consider the list of small electronics below:
- Laptops and their chargers
- External hard drives (for backup)
- Tablets (e.g., iPads and Kindles)
- Smartphones and their chargers
- Wearables (i.e., smartwatches and fitness bands)
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Miscellaneous Items to Pack
Aside from the various items belonging to the aforementioned categories, there also some miscellaneous items that you should include in your packing priority list such as the ones below.
- Family heirlooms — These are belongings that are priceless and can never be replaced.
- Sentimental items — These are possessions that have special meaning and memories for you
- Hobby materials or belongings — Whether its books, sewing needles, or model kits, it’s always good to bring something you enjoy recreationally in your new place.
- Irreplaceable furniture or artwork — There are just some pieces that cannot be replaced. Make sure the movers pack these belongings properly to ensure that they arrive safely to your new home.
- Basic toiletries and overnight essentials — Items like your favourite shampoo, dental care set, tissue rolls, soap and other items in your hygiene kit could make the first day of your move less stressful. Add to these some basic cooking utensils and easy-to-prepare food to make your first meal in your new place without having to resort to takeaway or delivery.
Moving home is never easy, but by considering the aforementioned tips, you should be well on your way to a less stressful move. You can also look forward to building your new life ahead in your new home.