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Packing Reminders: A Checklist of What Not to Forget

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Moving a household from one place to another can rank right up there as one of the most stressful milestones in many people’s lives. To help you ease that stress, we’ve put together these packing reminders of items you don’t want to forget to take care of when you make the big move.

First off, you don’t want to forget “Fido.” With all the arrangements you have to make, don’t overlook your pets. Many moving companies cannot transport pets or plants.

You’ll also want to gather up any hidden treasures, whether they are down at the bank in a safety deposit box or buried around your home or property for safe keeping. You should plan on moving any valuables such as jewelry yourself instead of sending them in the moving van.

Next, don’t forget to contact all of your family’s medical providers ahead of the move. Get copies of your medical, dental and vaccine/immunization records. Transfer your existing prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new town. If you have children, you’ll want to get their school records. When you go to register your child at a new school, many of them will require an original or certified copy from their prior school. Many schools will not accept records without a raised seal.

To help jog your memory, you’ll want to gather any phone numbers and old directories you may need in the future. The numbers you dial all the time and have committed to memory can get fuzzy once in a new environment.

This one may sound silly, but put a written copy of your soon-to-be address in your wallet or purse. With everything you are trying to juggle, you may forget the address when running errands and making arrangement for forwarding newspapers, magazines, bills and mail, or sharing the news with your friends.

Finally, gather up all of the spare keys to your home that are floating around out there. Collect them from the neighbors, relatives, the dog sitter and the one under the rock next to the front porch. And when you leave your keys for the new owners, you’ll want to also give them the garage door openers from the inside of your cars.

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