Make Moving Easier By Packing A Weekender Bag 

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Moving never goes exactly as planned, no matter how prepared you think you might be. Movers arrive late, you run out of packing tape — or, like me, you drop and break your laptop because you didn’t realise it was sitting under a stack of clothes you’re hurriedly throwing in a box. Inevitably, you’ll forget something.

One way to make it slightly less stressful is to pack one bag as if you (and your family) are going away for a long weekend. That way, you’ll have all of the essentials at your fingertips without having to sift through any boxes.

What to include: Toothbrush, PJs, phone charger, laptop, medications, toiletries, change of clothes, sweater, socks, underwear, your kid’s favourite toy, etc.

Another tip before you head to your new abode: “Ensure your supply of toilet paper and hand soap is enough to last you for regular use for the first few weeks,” suggests Credit.com. “Your new home may not have a convenience store close by or you may be too swamped settling in to take time out to get what you need.”

A box marked “first day” is another option. This will have all of the things you will need for the first night/day in your new place, like a coffee maker, cleaning supplies, preparations for small meals, batteries, a light bulb or two, etc. The Spruce suggests including the following items:

  • Toilet paper

  • Dish soap

  • Dishtowel and dishcloth

  • All-purpose cleaner

  • Coffee maker and coffee

  • Toaster or small toaster oven

  • Jar of pasta sauce and pasta (or some other easy food)

  • Pet food and dishes

  • Mug, plate, fork, knife, spoon for each member of the family

  • All-purpose cutting knife

  • Scissors

  • Small emergency kit

  • Flashlight/candles/matches

  • Shower curtain

  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, floss, and paste

  • Garbage bags

  • Portable tool kit

  • Important records such as medical records, passports, leases, financial information, etc

“The essentials box should be the last box you pack before you move out of your old home,” writes the Spruce. With all this stuff on hand, your move will go a little smoother.


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