Pack strategically. Make sure you have everything you need for the first night there. To get your packing organized, start with:

1. Pack up everything you need to get through two showers.

When you finally get to your new home, you’re going to be tired, dusty, and exhausted. So keep an easily accessible duffel in your car (not the moving van) full of clothes, toiletries, and towels. Your new home won’t have everything set up, so make sure you bring everything you need for a shower the first night in, as well as for the next day just in case.

2. Pack your linens and pillows in your suitcases.

If you know your mattresses will be set up, pack your bed sheets and pillowcases into your luggage. That makes them easier to find so you can easily make your bed whenever you get too tired to keep unpacking. If you really want to simplify things, just throw your pillow in the suitcase, too.

3. Put all of your toiletries in plastic bags.

Toiletries can leak even under the best of circumstances. But once you get to your location, it won’t be easy to clean up any spills. So proactively protect your clothing and everything else stored next to liquids by separating everything into plastic bags.

4. Have a bag of electronics and chargers.

You’re going to be on your phone a lot the first day in your new home. You’ll need to pull up a map to get there in the first place. You’ll be calling to set up the Internet, trash services, and everything else that comes with your home. So take extra care to pack your phone charger, your laptop charger, and an alarm clock where so you don’t have to search for them.

5. Know where the local store or supermarket is.

Sooner rather than later, you’ll need to buy something. Maybe you won’t be able to find your toothpaste. You could have sworn you packed your charger, but it’s nowhere to be found. You want to wipe down the cabinets before you put your dishes away. No matter what it is, map out the closest store or supermarket so you can get there even if your phone dies.

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