What NOT to Pack on Moving Day

What NOT to Pack on Moving Day

By: Jennifer Hollingsworth-Barry


June 29, 2020

Keep these items handy on the day you move because you never know when you may need them!

Packing can seem like a long, drawn-out task with no end in sight. While your standards for perfectly packing your belongings seem to relax as the task goes on, don’t throw everything in boxes. There are some things you need to leave out for the trip. Even if you think you won’t need them, the likelihood that you actually might still exists, especially if you have kids, pets or both. It’s best to keep these things handy on the journey to your new home, even if it’s just across town.

  • Money (cash, credit cards, checkbook)
  • Phones and chargers
  • Laptops and chargers
  • Toilet paper
  • Flashlight
  • A change of clothes for everyone
  • Snacks and water
  • Medication (prescription, aspirin etc.)
  • Pet food, water and dishes
  • Toys and books for the kids
  • Pillow and blanket
  • Toolbox with tape measure
  • Paper towels, trash bags and wet wipes
  • Jewelry, smaller valuables, heirlooms or irreplaceable items
  • Important documents (e.g., passports, marriage license, birth certificates, bank records, etc.)

The items listed above should travel with you to your new home, because you never know when you may need them. Make sure that valuables and important documents stay near you as well. Whether you stow them in suitcases, backpacks, collapsible boxes or cardboard boxes, ensure that these things are ready to go in your vehicle on moving day. Accidents do happen, so it’s better to safe than sorry!


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