Vacations are often exciting—okay, mostly exciting. Getting out of the city and going to the country side or flying to another country all together. Taking time off from work or school and just unwind, removing all the built up stress. It’s a pretty picture to day dream about.
Moving to another place is a different story. You are going to pack everything up and go to a place entirely new and its unchartered territory. Whether it’s permanent or not, it’s a big change in your life. Causing you stress and other dilemmas such as how to pack, what to pack first, do you leave furniture behind or not, and other mini horrors along the way.
Whether its packing tips for moving or for vacation, here are what you need to know.
Steps on how to pack for a move
This task can become a horror fest for you and your family. It is best to start collecting boxes to be used a month or a few weeks before the big move. Packing isn’t a fun thing to do, but you can make it less of a burden. Also, start packing early so you don’t leave anything important behind.
- Be sure to have all the needed materials to be used in packing your things. Packing tape, bubble wrap (best to be kept away from children and some adults), scissors, padding supplies, marking pens, and newspapers are essentials. Make sure to have different sized boxes.
- Start a ‘moving file’ to keep track of the things you need to do, such as hire a moving truck, records for the house, your pet’s veterinarian records (if you have pets), and contact information of the realtor. Keep this file safely in a personal bag so you don’t accidentally pack it with your other things. It should be easily accessible because you’ll have to constantly check it throughout the move.
- Make sure to have a personal box or suit case for each family member. A change of clothes, toiletries, and other personal needs should be placed inside for easy access during the move. This is to prevent having to go through all of the boxes once you are at the new house just for a pair of underwear or toothbrush.
- Take photos of complicated set ups such as the back of your television to minimize having to look for the manual. This will be a life saver to have when setting up at your new place. It took you hours to actually disassemble it, keeping this picture will make you forgive yourself.
- Do not leave any space inside the box. If you see that there is still some vacant slot, wedge some clothes in there. Fragile and delicate objects should be packed carefully, wrapping them individually in bubble wrap and if you want to be extra sure it won’t break use more layers.
- Remember to pack everything that belongs to one room in one box. Label each one according which room. It will be more efficient for you and as well as the movers. Start with the kitchen.
- If you are taking apart large furniture or other large items, it is advisable to keep the parts in a Ziploc and label them accordingly. This will keep all those screws from missing.
Take deep breaths and use this as a guide when packing for a move.
Packing: What to pack for a Vacation?
This is always a problem whenever you think about going on a vacation. Having a packing list for vacation can come in handy but what should be on that list? Due to all the excitement of actually going on vacation, we tend to forget the little things, so here are some tips on what to pack in your bag.
- Select the appropriate bag to bring along, think of where and how long you are going to stay. If you are going hiking, use a sturdy backpack or camping bag to bring your essentials. If it’s only for a weekend at a hotel, you can bring along a few change of clothes and toiletries. Bring what you can lug around—therefore the term ‘luggage’.
- The number of days you will stay equates to the number of shirts you should bring. Add at most two or three extras in case of an emergency. Do bring plenty of underwear and socks. Roll your clothes to have more space in your bag.
- Pack toys and other entertainment devices for your kids to keep them pacified for the duration of the trip. This is only applicable if you do have children.
- Have a first aid kit fully stocked, as well as other hygiene products. Do not forget your toothbrush and other toiletries. Hotels do provide complimentary toiletries but if you’re not going to stay at a hotel it’s best to double check.
- Bring a small backpack or bag to bring your other personal things. Phones, wallet, cameras, and I.D.s are best to be kept with you at all times.
Having this vacation packing checklist can make life easier for you when you’re running around the house shouting profanities about not wanting to actually drag your whole house with you on vacation.
Have any other tips on packing? May it be about moving or going on vacation, let us know. Post a comment below. You can even tell us those memorable packing stories, good or bad.