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Most Commonly Forgotten Things to Pack for Travel and Moving

Whether you’re relocating or just traveling, the last thing you want is to be unprepared for the most commonly forgotten things to pack. We will try to go through a few different life scenarios and help you determine what those little things that people often overlook are.

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Going on a Vacation? Don’t Forget Painkillers and Other Most Commonly Forgotten Things to Pack

You should use your holiday to be carefree and far from everyday life and stress. When loading your bag for a warm summer, breezy clothes and summer sandals are the first things you should pack. And if you are a winter sports enthusiast, bringing your ski equipment and a warm jacket is a must.

Your vacation luggage should be determined by the weather and the purpose of the travel. So, naturally, you should remember to pack a fishing rod for a fishing trip, appropriate clothes for the climate in the area, and items you need for every day.

But, there are unpredictable situations you should consider as well. What if you catch a stomach bug or some other seasonal illness? You don’t want that to ruin your long-awaited holiday. Prepare some painkillers and other medicine for the “what if” situations to make sure you can still have a good time.

If you are traveling to a country abroad, it might not be that easy to find a new doctor and get a prescription, or it can cost a lot. It’s a good idea to check the rules for bringing medicine to the country you are visiting. Some countries have very strict border controls. Also, find and write down the phone numbers for emergency medical services in case you need them.

Among other things you should double-check are important documents like your passport. Make sure not just that you brought it, but that it’s up to date, too. It is way too easy to forget the expiration date for important documents.

A first aid kit for travel is also critical in case of any minor injuries. You should have some bandages, elastic wrap, gauze, safety pins, and antiseptic on hand.

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Appropriate clothes, entertainment options, and emergency phone numbers are just some of the items you should remember to bring

Travel-Related Vacation Necessities

Motion sickness pills should always be a part of your onboard bag. Even if you never had problems with motion sickness, extremely rocky and wavy roads can trigger it, as well as reading or looking at your phone in the car.

If you are taking this trip with kids, the travel bag should contain more than extra clothes and snacks. After getting those, here’s what you should do next:

  • Find something to entertain your kids on the road. This is the best way to keep them calm and occupied and make the trip easy both for you and them. This could be a mobile phone, a book, or anything similar.
  • We all know kids are more prone to motion sickness during travel, so an extra pack of meds won’t hurt.
  • A set of pillows and blankets will surely come in handy once they get tired.

If your pet is traveling with you, make sure to prepare all that it needs when you arrive at your location, but you should also prepare a bag with the necessities for your cat or dog for the road. Keep some food and the water bowl near, and don’t forget about your pet’s favorite toy to comfort it on the road since traveling can be very stressful for them. Also, find the phone number of the veterinarian closes to where you’ll be staying.

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When Going on a Business Trip, Bring an Extra Sweatshirt and a Spare Suit

Business trips are usually short by nature and you have a foolproof agenda on what to bring if you have done it more than once. If by any chance, you are doing it for the first time, or you’re constantly finding out you forgot to bring something, this should help you. You should always be prepared to present yourself in the best light to your business associates, especially if you’re going to a place with a warmer climate.

Although an extra business suit may seem like a lot to carry, you’ll be glad to have a backup attire if you stain your jacket or shirt with coffee or food. You may also need an extra shirt during the summer and in warm weather. This is a smart way to stay fresh on the move. Some wet wipes and deodorant are a must, too.

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Sure, it’s important to have your nice suit with you when going on a business trip, but paperwork, presentations, and other materials are crucial

Making an Important Deal for Your Company? Be Prepared

More than appearing ready, you should actually be ready for the meeting. Prepare and organize all of your important documents and go through them the night before the trip, and why not on the road as well. An elegant suit won’t get you out of trouble if you are unprepared for the meeting.

When Moving to a Dorm, These Things Can Be a Lifesaver

Moving to a college dorm is another milestone in life. You’re going to be on your own, probably for the first time. If you are moving to a dorm you’ll have a somewhat limited space to use. Creative storage ideas will help you a lot to optimize your space in the best way, without compromising on the interior design. Use some decorative boxes and vacuum bags to put away all the things you don’t use often or in the season.

It’s a good idea to have a safe box for your valuables. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Get to know your roommates as soon as you move in since you are going to spend a lot of time together.

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Moving to a dormitory requires a whole separate list of things you shouldn’t forget to take with you.

When Moving to a New Home – Make a Moving Binder

There is a long list of things that you could forget when you’re moving. This is a big project that leaves a lot of room for mistakes. The best way to stay organized is by creating an ultimate checklist for moving and a moving binder for all the relocation-related paperwork. If you create a packing schedule and employ the best packing strategies, there will be little to no chance to miss something. Of course, if you are moving with pets, there are always additional things to consider, as well as when relocating with children.

What people tend to overlook are the things that are not in their home, like clothes at dry cleaners, things that they lent to someone, items that are in a storage unit, etc. A month in advance, you need to make a list of your belongings that are not in your home and use it to gather them timely. This is especially important if you are moving long distance.

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Residential relocation is too complicated for you to rely on your memory - make a moving binder instead.

Prepare a Bag of Things for the First Night

If you choose to hire professional movers for packing services, you have little left to do on your own. You should, however, prepare an overnight bag for the road and the first few days and nights in your new home. It should contain spare clothes, warm clothes, spare shoes, toiletries, snacks, and medicine.

Hannah Michaelson

Hannah is a freelance relocation writer from NYC that has become an expert on packing and unpacking.

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