Most Commonly Forgotten Things to Pack

October 7, 2019 Posted in Moving Checklist / By Amber Hughes

Are you in the process of moving? Then take some time to learn what the most commonly forgotten things to pack are. This is the first step to making sure you don’t make the same mistake. Of course, even if you leave certain items behind, it won’t be too big of a deal. For example, forgetting shower curtains isn’t too likely to set you back in your moving process. However, failing to remember to bring copies of important documents could potentially cause you a lot of trouble. So it’s best to make sure you remember all the important things.

Social Security Card and Other Documents

It is surprising that the most important items you should have when you move are the ones people most often leave behind. Personal and financial documents are something you should definitely remember. Here is most of the paperwork you’ll need:

  • Social security card. We all know the dangers to your identity and privacy that come with leaving your social security card behind. So don’t make that mistake – it is best to keep your social security card in a place you will surely recall. 
  • Birth certificate. Even if you don’t think you’ll need your birth certificate any time soon, you should still make sure you have it on you when moving. Whether you want to change the information on your driver’s license or get a copy of your social security card, you’ll need your birth certificate.
  • Car-related documents. If you are shipping your car with you to the new home, you should also make sure you have all the necessary paperwork. This includes the title of ownership, driver’s license, registration papers, and so on. 
  • School transcripts. If you’re moving for college or moving with kids, it would be a good idea to have all your transcripts with you. They might be required when you or your children apply for scholarships or other forms of financial aid.
  • Tax-related documents. You never know when your financial paperwork will come in handy. Take your tax documents and records with you when moving.
  • Moving-related paperwork. Of course, you’ll require certain documents for the relocation itself. This, for the most part, includes insurance and contracts.
  • Passport. If you’re relocating to a different state or planning to take a vacation and travel anytime soon, you would most definitely require a passport. If there are any other important documents you think you should take, like various certificates or professional licenses, make sure to add them to this list. 

We’d also like to emphasize that it is always a good idea to have several copies of all your important paperwork, both in physical form, as well as digitally on your computer and phone.

Buy a sturdy, durable binder and keep all the important paperwork in it. This way you can make sure you don’t forget a single thing. Of course, for privacy reasons, it’s best not to leave this binder unattended in plain sight.

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Items Not in Your Home and Things You Don’t Use

Out of sight, out of mind. It turns out this is true for things other than personal relationships as well. It is all too common to forget to remind that one friend who has half of your books to return them in time for your relocation. Likewise, clothes you’ve left at dry cleaners are more likely to stay there, completely forgotten, until you end up needing them. The same goes for the belongings you keep in a storage unit. The best thing to do is make a list in your phone of every item you lend or store and every piece of clothing you take to get washed in order to make sure everything makes its way back to you in time. But don’t forget to delete the items from the list once you get them back.

Sometimes, however, even the things you see every day are easy to forget. They’re simply always there, so we tend to see them as an inherent part of our home, not something we should take with us. This is mostly true for decorative items such as paintings or chandeliers, as we never actually get to use them.

Snacks and Essentials for the Trip

Even if you’ve covered everything that you need for the relocation, there is still a chance you could leave out something for your trip to your new home. Since you’re relocating long-distance, the drive is probably going to take a while, which is why you should ensure you have everything prepared for the long travel. Top off the gas, get your car checked out, and most importantly, prepare a bag of essentials. This bag should contain everything you might need during the trip and on your first night, such as snacks, toiletries, phone chargers and a spare set of clothes.

Improve Your Memory and Remember the Most Commonly Forgotten Things to Pack

Luckily, there are ways you can make sure you don’t become a part of the statistics and remember to bring these commonly forgotten items with you. From memory-improving games on your phone to daily routines, there are many techniques you could benefit from. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks for improving your memory.

Give Yourself an Hour a Day to Rest

Exhaustion and stress are some of the biggest causes of forgetfulness. So do all you can to recharge your batteries and de-stress every day. You could go for a walk in the evenings or simply sit in front of the TV and enjoy your favorite show in the privacy of your home. The important thing is that you shouldn’t even think about moving or your to-do list. This hour you set aside is an hour when you get to focus on yourself and your overall wellbeing. 

Deal with Things One at a Time

Another thing that will easily cause you to forget things is if you’re multitasking. In other words, if you’re tackling more than one task at a time, the chances are higher that at least one of those tasks won’t be a complete success. So take it one step at a time and finish every task before you move onto the next one.

Use Checklists

When dealing with a project as big as moving, checklists are your best friends. Even if you’re absolutely certain you won’t let something slip, make sure you write it down. There are several types of checklists we suggest you use:

  • Daily to-do lists. Every night before going to sleep, write down all the things you’ll have to do the next day, such as packing or preparing a necessity bag, either in your phone or on a piece of paper. You can organize them by priority, the order of execution, or any other criterion you like.
  • Packing list. This is a comprehensive list which should contain every item you’ll be packing and taking with you to your new home. We suggest dividing it into several categories, either by room, types of items, or some other criterion.
  • To-do calendar. For the things that have set dates, use a calendar to write them down. For example, mark the moving and delivery date, the move-out and move-in dates, the deadline for packing, and so on.