If you read our previous blog, you learned some reasons as to why you may face a temporary housing relocation – moving for school or work, or to help a family member in need. But once you have secured your short-term living accommodations, what exactly should you take with you? In this blog, we will provide you with tips on how to pack for a temporary move.

Check Accommodations

As you know, there are many reasons for a temporary move. There are also a number of temporary housing options – hotels, motels, vacation homes, rental houses and apartments, etc. Before you begin to pack for your relocation, it is a good idea to first check what accommodations will be provided for you. Here are some examples:

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Furniture and Appliances. It takes a lot of extra time and effort to prepare and move heavy or bulky items, like furniture and appliances. With this in mind, if your temporary home is furnished with items like beds, a couch, tables, a desk, chairs, a refrigerator, and so on, then you won’t have to bother bringing these items along with you. Things like TVs, stereos, kitchen utensils, cookware, and smaller appliances aren’t always provided, so be sure to check if items that are used on a daily basis, like these, are included.

Bedding. Many temporary homes will include bedding – sheets, pillows, blankets, curtains/shades, towels – but you want to verify this just in case. For many, though, having your own bedding is essential to feel comfortable and “at home”, even in a temporary situation.

Consider the Climate

Whether staying in a hotel or at a rental home, you will, of course, need to pack your essentials – clothes, accessories, and so on. But before you pack everything in your closet, first stop and take the climate of your soon-to-be home into consideration. Once you find out what the weather and temperature will be like at the time of your stay, you will be able to make more informed packing choices, as well as save yourself time, energy and money.

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You may also want to avoid packing garments you will never put on, such as formal wear if you are not going to attend a formal event, or specialty sports gear if you are not going to be practicing a specific activity.

Essentials and Valuables to Bring

Along with clothes and accessories, there are some must-have essentials to take with you for a temporary relocation. These include:

Important Documents. There are many important documents you must remember to bring with you when moving. Here are some to remember: driver’s license, social security card, birth certificates, insurance policies, credit cards, bank documents, medical records, and passports. There may be more, so think hard to ensure you have everything you need.

Medications. All of your prescribed medications should be a top priority when packing for your temporary move. It’s also a good idea to take along a first-aid kit.

Toiletries. You can, of course, buy new toiletries, like shampoos and cosmetic products, but you may want to save time and effort by taking some of these items along with you.

Children’s Toys and Games. If your child(ren) is moving with you, it’s a good idea to bring toys and games with you. This will not only provide them entertainment and comfort, but this will also save you from having to spend money on re-buying these items.

Electronics. You may not feel the need to take every CD or DVD you own to your new location, but you will definitely want to take your most important and valuable electronics – laptop, phone, camera, TV, chargers, and so on.

Valuable Items. If you own valuable items, like jewelry or family heirlooms, for instance, you won’t just want to shove these possessions into storage. The same is true for belongings that hold a high sentimental value for you.

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