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Checklists

The checklists to keep in Mind.

  • Keys
    Don’t laugh — we forget the obvious all the time, and you’ll be in real trouble without these.
  • A basic first-aid kit
    Moving heavy objects can result in a few nicks and scrapes. Be ready with Band-Aids, a thermometer, an Ace bandage, some antiseptic wipes, tweezers, and a few ibuprofen.
  • Chargers
    For all your essential electronics, such as your phone, laptop, and tablet.
  • A portable alarm clock
    Be sure to bring one or install an alarm clock app on your phone. Moving is stressful enough on its own. You don’t want to be late for work, too!
  • Spare batteries
    For everything that’s not rechargeable.
  • Sheets and a pillow
    Everyone forgets this one!
  • Extra changes of clothing
    Include sleepwear and underwear.
  • Toiletries
    Moving is dirty work. Remember to bring soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, moisturizing cream, plus towels and washcloths for cleaning up.
  • Essential paper supplies
    Such as toilet paper, paper towels, tissues.
  • Basic cleaning supplies
    After the dust has settled, you’ll need glass cleaner, multisurface cleaner, dish soap, rags, and a broom and dustpan.
  • Enough plates, utensils, and cups
    And by “enough,” we mean enough for one meal for each person. You’ve got to reward all of your helpful movers after all.
  • A flashlight or headlamp
    Make sure you’ve got new batteries in it (a la Essential No.5) in case of power failure, as well as candles and matches. (Matches can also come in handy if you have a gas stove that won’t light.)
  • Sunblock
    You’ll probably be spending a lot of time outside moving boxes, running errands, or taking care of other tasks.
  • Any medicine you take daily

  • Easy-to-make meal staples
    Move-in day isn’t the best time for a five-course meal. Bring food that doesn’t require much preparation, like pasta and sauce, cereal and milk, bread and peanut butter, canned soup, etc.
  • Any basic cookware and gadgets
    You’ll need these for those easy meals. Include a pot and pan, serving spoon, and can opener.
  • Snacks
    Fruit, nuts, and granola bars are particular favorites, since they require no refrigeration, no preparation, and no utensils.
  • Beverages
    You’ll want bottled water if you won’t have immediate access to a filtration system.
  • Instant coffee or tea bags
    If you need that morning caffeine fix … who are we kidding? WHEN you need that morning caffeine fix.
  • Food and dishes for pets

  • A small, portable tool kit
    You’d be surprised how much you can do with basics like a hammer, screwdriver, and pliers.
  • A sturdy pair of scissors
    For opening any boxes that are on their way to your new home, or packaged supplies you purchase for the new home.
  • Important identification cards and records
    Know where to find your driver’s license, passport, lease (if applicable), etc.
  • Important contact phone numbers
    Including your lender, moving company, and your financial institutions.
  • Pen and paper
    Make a list of all those to-dos you’re going to think of and all the extra stuff you’ll realize you need for the new place.
  • Cash/credit cards/chequebook

  • Duct tape
    Somehow, this always seems to come in handy, even at the most unexpected times.
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