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Old 08-10-2018, 06:03 AM
Location: Iowa
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We have never done a long distance move during our 40 years of marriage. Farthest we moved was 15 miles, so I need to know what do we need to keep with us in the car as we drive cross country (1300 miles)as everything will be in the long distance mover's truck.

I assume a box of household supplies, such as toiletries, toilet paper/paper towels, basic cleaning stuff, minimal tool set, a few cooking utensils. Our suitcases with enough clothes to get by for a few days if necessary, rewashing as needed. Our new home does have a washer/dryer and we have another place to stay that's close, if our timeline gets screwed up. Our personal safe deposit box with documents we may need for change of address, auto etc.

Is there other stuff that comes in handy? We have a Subaru Outback and will be taking a friend or a daughter along to help drive, as wife is partially disabled and may not be able to drive much. So three people in the car, we will fly the extra person one way as needed.
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Old 08-10-2018, 07:23 AM
Location: Bloomington IN
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My son did a similar move a few years ago. I drove with him and flew back.

He packed clothes for a week or so, a small tool set, important documents, and maybe a single cooking pan. Household supplies were left behind except for a small package of paper plates and some plastic silverware. Even that was only because I had not unpacked it from a picnic the week before we left.

He brought his pillows, a set of sheets, a blanket, and a few towels/wash clothes as he wasn't sure when the moving truck would arrive. We purchased some large vacuum storage bags from Amazon so none of those things took up too much space.

Make sure you have any medications and extras if possible. Make sure prescriptions are filled a a national pharmacy so they can be transferred more easily. An extra set of glasses, if you wear them and own two pairs, is a good idea. A first aid kit is also nice to have in the car.

Forget about schlepping toilet paper/paper towels and cleaning stuff across the country. Buy it when you arrive. Son also ended up purchasing a blow up mattress since he moved into the apartment the day after we arrived. He needed some place to sleep since the truck didn't arrive until 4/5 days later. Be prepared for that with a long distance move. Unless your household is the only one on the truck, movers won't give you a definite date. Even with a single household on a truck, one is often given a range of dates.

Snacks and water are important also. We packed a lunch for the first day of driving so we didn't have to stop for food that day and drove longer while we were still excited and energetic. Turned out to be a good thing as we got stuck in some traffic that day.

The other thing that worked well for us was NOT reserving a hotel room in advance for each night. It allows for flexibility which is important on a long drive. Usually by about 2:00 in the afternoon we knew how much longer we could drive before getting cranky and tired. Husband, at home, was our "travel agent." We called him each afternoon, told him about where we wanted to stop, and let him make the reservation for us. With three people in the car one of you can make the reservation using your cell phone. Have some places in mind before you leave and keep the info in the car with you. Just be aware that cell service can be spotty in places. We always made the call when we had good service.

One tip for hotels: we stayed on the west side of the small cities where we stopped. This allowed us to miss any traffic through a city in the morning.
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Old 08-10-2018, 07:26 AM
Location: Florida
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Valuables. Unreplaceable items. All sensitive documents.
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Old 08-10-2018, 07:55 AM
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If you own a vehicle with a key fob that will prevent you from locking the vehicle if the key fob is still in the vehicle, be sure the spare key fob is not packed away somewhere in the car. Otherwise you end up having to unpack the entire car to find it just so that you can lock the car when you stop for the night.
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Old 08-10-2018, 03:00 PM
Location: Austin
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Most movers will not move aerosol products or hazardous things. My car had a few boxes of those items, so make sure you leave room. Things like hairspray, bug spray, wd40, etc... many products you normally keep in a garage or under your sink.
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Old 08-10-2018, 03:47 PM
Location: Rochester, WA
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With you carry small valuables... pets, guns, and whatever you need for the trip. Let the movers take the rest.
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:08 PM
Location: Iowa
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good suggestions.... :-). Thankfully, we will have a place to stay on our arrival whether we have our stuff or not. This alleviates some extras for the "camping" out period.
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:38 PM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Your wife should get a jewelry roll and pack her valuable or sentimental jewelry in it and keep it in her overnight bag, bringing it in every night you are on the riad.

Bring your bag with essential documents in with you every night as well.

Make sure you fill out an address change form at the local post office. Notify your credit card and bank of your move and new address. And then memorize your new zip code because you will be asked for it every time you fill up.
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:37 PM
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Scan & email to yourself every important document including your drivers license & passport. It will make it easier to replace them if something should happen to them in the move. Also email yourself important names & phone numbers. A lost or broken phone can happen. I always travel with a laptop & portable hard drive. A battery stick is handy to recharge your phone if you get stuck somewhere.

A small roller bag with lots of zippered pockets is handy to travel with -- pack up with everything from small sized shampoo to allergy medicine & do include a simple first aid kit with band-aids.
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:53 PM
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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While you are being packed up, take your bedding off your bed, mattress pad, sheets, blankets, pillows, etc, and wash, dry, and place into big Hefty Trash bags.

Instruct your movers that you want the bed to be one of the first things unloaded off your truck.

Take your bedding and a couple of good towels and wash cloths with you in the car so you will know EXACTLY where your bedding is located.

Trust me, moving day you'll want to collapse in your bed and not have to look through all your boxes to find your bedding or towels to take a shower. Nothing better than sleeping exhausted in your bed with clean sheets after a shower.
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