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When it comes to packing, it’s easy to get lost in all of the mess. There’s so many things that need to get packed and you just want to get everything safely tucked into their proper boxes and containers. It can take you weeks. It can take you months. But the question is, what should you pack last?
The best strategy for packing is to start with things that you rarely use. And so, in accordance to this system, it’s only natural to pack last, things that you often use.
To be more specific, you should pack last those things which you will need immediately once you get into your new place.
Items for personal hygiene
Once you get to your new place you’ll probably want to get a good shower. In that case, you need to pack a box that contains a towel, some clean clothes, and your basic essentials for grooming (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste…). If they’re still a bit damp from when you last used them, place them inside plastic bags first before packing them in the box.
Comfort and rest
It’s certain that you won’t finish unpacking in one night. Therefore, you need immediate access to a basic pillow and sheet combo.
Aside from a change of clothes for the first night, you may also want to include a set of clothes for the next day for when you wake up and continue getting settled in. Make sure to include small essentials like underwear and socks.
Kid’s Toys and Essentials
If you’re moving with kids, you should also pack last their favorite toys or blankies. This will help to pacify and calm them down upon arrival at your new home. It will also help to keep them busy as you go along doing work. For babies, make sure to have immediate access to their bottles, milk formulas, diapers and other needs as well.
Other things to keep handy
Here’s a quick run-down of some other useful things that you can pack last:
- First-aid kit and other medicine like aspirin or pain reliever
- Moving paraphernalia: Box cutters, scissors, knife, tape, tape dispenser and work gloves
- Extension cords and batteries
- A flashlight
- Paper towels and basic cleaning supplies
- Disposable utensils, plates, and cups
- Alarm clock
- Local phone book and map
- Basic tools: hammer and screwdriver
Let your movers know that this box should be loaded last. You should also mark this box with a clear label so you too are informed that it contains your supplies for “ground zero”.