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Packing tips for a smooth temporary move

A temporary move poses unique challenges, but with the right planning and packing tactics, you can ensure a smooth transition between residences.

There are many reasons for moving temporarily. Your job might call for a short-term assignment in a different location, you may need to relocate to help out a family member or close friend or perhaps you are in the middle of building your dream house and need to rent an alternate space in the meantime. Figuring out what to pack and what to put in storage during a transition period can be a challenging task, so a temporary move calls for special considerations.

Still, that doesn't mean that this type of move needs to be stressful. Use these moving tips to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible:

Find out what's included

First of all, you'll want to find out what your short-term rental offers in terms of furniture. Does the residence only provide basics, like a bed and a couch? Or is there a full dining set, dresser and desk as well? Make a list of what furniture is essential for you and then check off what is included. This will prevent you from doubling up and having to get rid of something, or from going through the effort - and paying the price - of packing something that is unnecessary.

It's also important to look into what appliances come with your temporary residence. Don't assume that the rental offers a refrigerator or microwave - you may need to bring your own. In certain temporary housing situations, towels, dishware, cookware and cutlery may even be included. Of course, you may feel more comfortable using some of your own items, such as bed linens, but try to refrain from bringing along every gadget or accessory.

Store the rest

The next question to address is whether you'll be returning to your current home after your temporary stay. If you're selling your home or terminating your lease, then you need to seek out storage for the belongings you're not bringing with you. If you're having trouble determining what to pack and what to store, it can be helpful to record a list of the appliances and items you use over the course of several days. Certain items, like a desktop computer, may seem like a must - but since you can transfer any important documents to a lightweight laptop, it's probably better to save space and put it in storage. However, if you have valuables that are particularly important to you, you may want to pack them with you even if you don't plan on using them during your temporary stay just to be safe.

Don't forget that any antiques or special furniture, such as a quality wood table or leather couch, require special care in terms of storage. Unpakt recommended considering climate-controlled storage to ensure all your prized pieces are protected during your temporary relocation. It's also advisable to make a list of everything you've put in storage to ensure nothing gets lost or stolen.

Consider the climate

There's no reason to haul your entire closet with you. When it comes to your wardrobe, you'll need to take into account the climate of your temporary residence's location and the length of your stay. If you're heading to a city with moderate temperatures, you can get away with packing lightweight clothing that can be layered, but if you're going to be staying somewhere that has extreme seasons, you need to consider pieces for a variety of conditions. 

Remember the essentials

Naturally, you should be sure to pack any important prescription and non-prescription medication for your temporary move. However, you should also remember to bring certain personal documents. Travel Blissful stressed that it's imperative to pack a birth certificate, social security card, driver's license or state-issued I.D. card and passport if you have one. If you're living overseas temporarily, you should also bring along your medical records and emergency contact information.

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