Hiring a competent mover can take a lot of the stress out of moving to a new home. But there are a few items you should take with you personally when moving instead of leaving them with the moving company. Here are five of the most important ones:
1. Receipts and documents related to the move, like the estimate, the contract, and contact information of the movers. You'll want to have this information at hand throughout the moving process. If all goes well, you won't need it; but if there are bumps in the road, you will want to be able to refer to the fine print of your arrangement.
2. Irreplaceable valuables, like heirloom jewelry. If you've done your due diligence and researched the moving company beforehand, theft shouldn't be a concern. However, moving is a stressful experience at the best of times, and nagging concerns about your most prized possessions can exacerbate it. For peace of mind, it may be best to keep these things with you rather than stow them somewhere in your mountains of moving boxes.
3. Important documents, like identification and insurance information. In an emergency, you could need these at a moment's notice, and you don't want to have to dig through the rest of your collection to get to them.
4. Tools. Once you arrive at your new home, you'll be tasked with unpacking. But you can't unpack until you have places to put everything, so you'll have to re-assemble your shelving and furniture first. Pack a separate 'unpacking box' with allen keys, tools, scissors, tape and glue. You should also keep labelled ziplock bags with screws from furniture you dismantled.
5. Overnight necessities. Along with your trusty unpacking box, we recommend you pack a 'first night' box with all the things you'll need to get through your first night at the new home comfortably. This will likely include a change of clothing, basic toiletries, toilet paper, pyjamas, towels, bed linen, necessary medication, and anything else you will want the first night and the morning after.