Moving is something that pretty much all of us do at least a few times in our lives. According to experts in the moving-services industry, most moves occur between May and September, and the demand for movers and packing supplies peaks in June, July, and August. You can find lots of tips and tricks online to help you plan your next move, but most of them focus on what to pack and how. We figured it might be a good idea to make a list of what NOT to pack when you're getting ready for your next move.
Sometimes moves happen with plenty of warning, but other times you may have to move on short notice, and you'll find yourself searching for packing and moving supplies in Joplin or wherever you're moving from (or to) at the last minute. You might end up throwing everything into whatever box you can find and hitting the road at a moment's notice. This is the last thing you should do. During those somewhat more hectic moves, it's especially important to keep tabs on essentials so that you have easy access to them throughout the moving process.
When it comes to what NOT to pack during your next move, the short answer is that you want to keep handy everything that you'll need between the time you pack the boxes and the time you unpack them at your destination. That might take a few days, and you don't want to have to dig through boxes in the back of the moving truck looking for your toothbrush or your child's favorite stuffed animal. Before you move, pack an overnight bag for every member of your family, including things such as changes of clothes and medications. Here's a more exhaustive list of what NOT to pack:
Things Not to Pack When Moving (Because You'll Need Them):
- Phones, chargers, laptops, and mobile devices so you can keep up on work and stay in touch.
- Medications for everyone in the family, both maintenance meds and anything you might need at a moment's notice.
- Important documents and account info so they don't get lost in the move.
- Toiletries such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, not to mention a change of clothes.
- Basic cleaning supplies in case of a spill on the road or at the new house.
- Refrigerated or frozen items so they don't go bad, plus road snacks and water if it's going to be a long trip. Also be sure to bring paper plates and disposable cutlery because you know you're going to want pizza and a few cold ones when you're finally settled into the new house.
- Valuables and other items that can't be replaced if they're lost or damaged.
- Anything your pets might need because just like people, they'll need care until all the boxes are unpacked.
- Moving and packing supplies such as a utility knife, tape, and a marker in case you need to repack or relabel a box during the move.
While we're on the subject, flammables, fireworks, toxic chemicals, explosives, propane tanks, petroleum products, firearms, and ammunition all require careful consideration when packing and moving and should never be left unattended. In fact, some moving companies won't handle them at all because of the increased risk of harm to their people and vehicles. So check before you move!