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No matter how far you’re going, moving day is a fairly big deal. Essentially, you’re closing off one chapter of your life and starting afresh – it’s a lifestyle change, whether you’re moving down the street, across town, or halfway around the world. It’s exciting. It’s nerve-wracking. Sometimes it’s tiring. It’s almost always stressful. So, it might be a good idea to draw up a moving day itinerary to make sure that you stay on track. A simple guideline is all you need. Consider this as your own personal safety blanket. If you start to feel like things are going off-track, you can use this itinerary to centre yourself.

When drawing up your itinerary, there are a few key things to include in your timeline for the day:

1. Keep Your Important Documents Handy

Try to keep track of your important documents. This will include items such as your identity document, passport, driver’s license, birth certificates, marriage certificate, property deeds, rental agreement, medical documentation, veterinary documentation, and anything else you might consider to be important. Make digital copies of everything and file the hard copies somewhere safe.

2. Double Check Each Room Before the Movers Arrive

You really don’t want to go through the hassle of trying to get your possessions back once you’ve moved out of your old home. In many cases, you can kiss these belongings goodbye. Once you’ve handed over the keys, it becomes difficult to ensure that anything you’ve forgotten won’t be claimed by someone else or dumped in the bin. Go through each room – including those long-forgotten storage spaces – before the moving company arrives.

3. Wear Comfy Clothes and Shoes

Moving day isn’t necessarily the right time to gussy yourself up in fashion-wear. There’s no need to wear your oldest, shabbiest clothes but you may wish to consider wearing your comfy gym pants and a pair of shoes that in no way pinch your feet. Even though you won’t be doing all of the heavy lifting yourself, you are going to be doing your fair share of running around. Take care of your body’s needs first – don’t pay the price for fashion slavery the next morning.

4. Give Your Car a Proper Once-Over

The last thing you want to deal with on moving day is car trouble. Check your fuel, oil, and water levels as well as your tire pressure. Make sure your spare tire is in good nick as well.

5. Check the Weather

Make sure you’re equipped to deal with whatever weather is coming your way. If it’s going to be rainy, make sure you’ll be dry. If there’s a scorcher ahead, make sure you have ways to keep cool.

6. Stay Fed and Hydrated

This applies to your kids and furkids as well. Make sure to eat before going on a long journey and, if it’s a particularly long trip, make sure you have snacks and drinks packed for the drive.

7. Confirm Reservations

If you’re going on a cross-country journey spanning over more than a day, make sure that you’ve confirmed your reservations for any hotels or guesthouses along the way – especially if you’re travelling with the kids in tow. The last thing you want is to spend your night in the car when there’s enough other stress on your plate. Do whatever you can to avoid driving for too long without a proper rest. Safety is always more important than speed.

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