I know many of you will find this post boring - but when I was moving and packing, I looked EVERYWHERE for lists of what people had brought, and not brought, on their first move. I didn't find much, but I'm hoping this list will be helpful to first time travelers!
We will definitely be dumping tons of this stuff before contract #2, and I'll do an update when we do!
Lucky for us, our first contract was only in Lake Havasu City, AZ - approximately 3.5 hours away from Phoenix, AZ. This meant we could take our time while moving. M moved up to Havasu to start working on 8/15/16, and I made trips back and forth to wrap up some projects and training at the Main Office of my company.
We were able to bring everything we needed in about 2.5 trips that we spread out over almost three weeks. Still, I'm sure veteran travelers will agree, that's too much. Especially considering our next contract will probably take us over 15 hours from where we are now -which means we've got to make our two cars work. We're considering buying a small cargo trailer to help make up for the room all our adventure gear takes up.
Keep in mind, we moved into a fully furnished AirBnB that had LITERALLY everything we needed. I'll go into more depth on our the spot we scored in another post. The stuff we brought with us was more for our own personal comfort, and what we anticipated needing in the future.
Here are the details of our FIRST packing list:
We wanted to bring a lot of our own stuff so we didn't wear down our wonderful AirBnB hosts things during our 13 week stay. We also brought some of our favorite accessories for meals we eat a lot.
- Our nice Knife set
- Ikea plates and bowls (set of 4)
- 2 big Phó bowls (cause it's my favorite food)
- 4 Coffee mugs and 3 to-go mugs
- Beer glasses we like
- Stainless steel cups for camping
- Pizza cutter
- Potato peeler
- Potato smasher
- Bottle opener
- Serving spoon
- 4 Reusable water bottles (hydroflasks) and 3 shaker bottles
- Big pot
- Two smaller pans
- 3 cutting boards
- Portable soft lunch box
- Ice packs
- LOTS of spices
* SO MUCH of this we did not need because our AirBnB had it all.
Living Room & Bedroom
- Decorations (globe, 6 4X7 framed pictures of friends and family, 3 small framed pieces we love, wine bottle vases with fake flowers, )
- 2 Fleece throw blankets
- 2 pillows and pillowcases
- 1 stuffed animal (Stitch . . . how could you not?!)
- 3 potted plants
- Craft box (wine corks, paint, glue gun,
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- 2 gym bags with lifting shoes, CF accessories
- Mobility equipment (foam roller, lacrosse balls, massage thing, yoga mat)
- 5 books Corinn is working through
- Laptop Stand
- Monitor (bought in LHC)
- Desk Tray
- Printer (bought in LHC)
- Office supplies (pens, highlighters, paperclips, paper, notebooks, folders, binders, note cards, envelopes)
- Desk decor (to lighten the work monotony)
- Mouse and mousepad
- Soap, shampoo, face wash, hair products, toiletries, sunscreen etc. - this stuff can take up a TON of room if you aren't careful. Be sure to only take what you need, and if you haven't touched it in a month, throw it out. You can always buy small travel sizes of whatever you need if it's urgent.
- Hair brush, straightener, blow dryer, curling iron
- A shoebox full of jewelry and accessories
- Clothes - Even though we downsized our wardrobes immensely (over 4 large trashbags FULL went to Goodwill) we still have a large opportunity to get rid of more.
- Shoes - same here - gave a ton away, but still about two carry-on suitcases full of just shoes (hiking boots and winter boots take up a TON of room)
- 4 Backpacks
- 8 Purses and tote bags - fold small and help when carrying. I HIGHLY recommend this one from SCOUT
- Suitcases (1 checked size, two carry-on size, double as moving helpers)
- 3 laundry baskets (2 for transporting clothes, 1 collapsable for easy transport)
- 1 plastic drawer set for easily transporting workout clothes
- Shoe stand
- Cloth box organizers (from IKEA) - they collapse flat but are so helpful to move
- Small Tool Box
- Utility pieces (batteries, staples, mailing tape, nails, etc.)
- Large camping cooler
- 2 folding chairs
- Small folding camp table
- 2 barstools (our AirBnB has a bar top but no stools so we brought these with us, but will donate/sell before our next move)
- 2 small plastic trashcans
- 4 Large blue rubbermaid bins (stackable to hide away, but helpful to move)
- Christmas Lights (for when the season hits)
- A few cleaning supplies (Method soap, Swiffer)
- Matt's suit carrier
- Random extension cords and electronic accessories
This sounds like a lot, but if you pack it correctly, you can make it work. I'm super excited for our next move to get rid of even more . . .it's kind of addicting!
Hope this post is helpful to anyone making their first move! We've used pretty much everything we brought (minus some clothes) so our list has been pretty great thus far.
Veteran travelers . . . since we will be moving our ski/camp stuff with us next time, any suggestions on a solid, inexpensive trailer hitch we could use? Any things you moved with that you can't live without?
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