Instant Aid Box : Pack a box for instant needs on arrival. Mark the box "To be loaded last and Unloaded first." Package each group of items separately in labeled paper bags.
Here are some suggestions.
Cleaning: Powdered detergent
Sponge & Paper towels
Dish towels & Dish cloth
Kitchen cleanser & Window cleaner
Kitchen : Paper plates, cups, napkins
Plastic knives, forks, spoons
Small saucepan & Serving spoons
Aluminum foil & Snacks
Easy-to-open cans of pudding
Dry soup mix & Sandwich spreads
Jars of cheese & Package of crackers
Boxes of dry cereals
Instant coffee, tea, chocolate
Instant creamer, sugar, salt
Bathroom : Towels and face cloths
Soap, hand lotion, deodorant
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Miscellaneous : Reading materials
Hammer, screwdriver, pliers, assorted nails and screws
Trash bags and ties
Coloring books and crayons
A favorite toy or two
Complete the "Take-with-Me Inventory" checklist.
Check contents of drawers. Remove all things that can spill or break.
Soft goods such as blankets, pillows, blouses, shirts and lingerie may be left in drawers.
Pin clothing to hangers if it is to be moved in wardrobe cartons to keep it from slipping off.
Remove items left in the attic or other storage areas.
Empty the refrigerator and freezer so they can dry at least 24 hours before moving. Be careful not to overlook the defrost water pan. Failure to have the appliances completely dry can lead to mildew and unpleasant odor. For more information, request a free booklet, Moving Appliances and Other Home Furnishings, from United Van Lines.
Be sure the water is emptied from your steam iron. Launder all soiled clothing prior to the day the appliance service technician is expected.
Take the telephone directory with you for contacting former doctors, dentists, suppliers, etc., and for preparing holiday card lists.
Pack suitcases for the trip to the new home. Put in extra clothing for emergencies.
Consider packing a picnic lunch to eat while traveling. Take along snacks such as fruit and cookies for the children. Include towels for a quick cleanup.
Arrange for a baby-sitter for moving day, or have older children look after the younger ones