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Double-Check: Frequently-forgotten moving essentials

Don't leave for your new home without everything you need from your former residence. Here is your go-to list of frequently-forgotten items.

The boxes are packed, the truck is loaded and you're ready to hit the road. But wait - are you forgetting something? Even the best-prepared people can overlook some of these items before moving to a new home. Double-check this list to make sure all of your essentials are covered:

1. Left behind

If you're just moving across the street, it won't be a big deal to return for any items you've forgotten, but the same cannot be said for out-of-state transitions. The things you may be most likely to leave behind may in fact be the most valuable. Do a second sweep for any stashed items like jewelry, silver or other precious goods that you may have hidden around the house. Valuables should also travel with you, not in a moving van, to ensure that nothing gets lost or misplaced. After you arrive at your new digs, it's a good idea to make a list of your updated hiding spaces, to ease the process and be sure nothing gets overlooked during future transitions. 

2. First night necessities

Depending on what time of day you'll be arriving at your new home, and how enthusiastic you are about unpacking right out of the car or off the plane, you might want to take a night's rest before starting to reorganize. Be sure to have some necessities at easy access, so you won't have to dig through boxes to find items like a toothbrush, shampoo, pajamas and a change of clothes for the next morning. Either pack these items into a travel bag for easy access, or stash them in a box that's easily identifiable among the rest of your items, like a clear plastic container.

3. Put the pieces together

Remember all of those complicated electronics with a jungle of cords that you carefully wrapped and packed up? Do you remember how to put them back together? Do yourself a favor and photograph the back of electronics that have multiple plugs before taking them apart, and reassembling will be a breeze. For extra ease, create your own digital puzzle and use a metallic marker to mark corresponding numbers on the cords and main body of your fixtures. When it comes time to plug back in, all you'll have to do is match the marks, and you're good to go.

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