Boxes and bins are ideal for packing most of your belongings. But after a long day of moving, the last thing you’ll want to do is rummage through cardboard stacks looking for a toothbrush or pair of pajamas. Take a look at the what’s, why’s, and how’s of packing a moving essentials weekender bag.

Bank Items

Your check book, debit card, credit cards, and anything else that has to do with your finances or bank account need to go with you. Packing a box filled with blank checks is an invitation for theft. These items require more safety and security than tape-sealed cardboard can provide.

Along with security issues, bring your bank items for practical benefits. You may need to write a check to the movers, buy extra packing materials, or stop overnight at a hotel during a cross-state or cross-country move—without having to search through a truck filled with furniture, boxes, and bins.

Legal Documents

Like bank items, legal documents require added security during a move. Pack items such as a will, titles, loan documents, birth certificates, social security cards and documents, car registrations, leases, home sales agreements, or other similar items in a binder. Keep the binder with you during the move.

A Wallet

Again, you may need to stop and pay someone or for something during your move. Place your wallet in a weekender bag so that you feel safe in knowing where your cash stash, driver’s license, credit cards, and other personal identification or cards (such as medical insurance or auto club membership cards) are.

Charging Devices

Your smart phone never leaves your side. But what happens when the battery runs low? Searching through boxes and bins to find the just-right cord takes time and effort that you can’t spare during a major move. Pack charging cords, stations, and other battery-related devices in a plastic zipper baggie, keeping them all together. Add the baggie to your weekender bag for easy access.

Essential Clothes

Unless you’re spending several days or longer moving across the country, you don’t need to pack a full wardrobe. Use a weekender bag to bring along clothing items that you might need on the day or night of the move. You can find everything else later when you unpack.

Items to bring include (but aren’t limited to) pajamas, one change of comfortable clothes, and extra socks. If the weather calls for a temperature dip, pack a warm sweater or jacket.

Toiletry Items

Make your post-move shower easier by keeping must-have toiletries with you. Add travel-sized shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and a toothbrush to your weekender bag. Depending on your hygiene needs, pack additional items for bathing, shaving, or brushing and flossing your teeth.

Potentially messy toiletry items, such as shampoo or liquid soap, require their own storage space. Instead of tossing these into your tote, wrap them in a separate plastic bag or zipper bag for spill safety.

Necessary Medications

Packing medications may mean that you miss or skip a dose. Avoid this unhealthy, and potentially dangerous, problem by keeping all necessary prescription and nonprescription items with you. Along with your daily doses, pack any over the counter items — such as pain relievers — that you might need during the move.

Bedding and Linen Essentials

While you don’t need to fill a weekender bag with wash clothes, bath towels, and bed sheets, you should pack what you’ll need on the night of your move. After a long, tiring day of moving, you’ll thank yourself for packing a pillowcase and sheet or blanket. Easy access to these items allows you to rest and relax without having to unpack every bedroom box.

Do you need help with your next move? Contact Modern Movers for more information.

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