Essentials For Moving Day

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So you have made the decision to move house and you’re looking into the main things you need to make sure your moving day goes perfectly and according to plan. Moving is stressful for so many people so it’s always a good idea to have a bit of a list to check off all the essentials for your big move to leave nothing to chance. Here are a couple of things that should definitely be on the list for the move.

Removals

Most moving days come around and people realise there is a lot more junk and garbage than they thought there would be and they don’t have time to keep ushering car loads of rubbish to and from the dump. This is where a removals van comes in handy, which you can hire through websites such as Shiply, where a number of people or small businesses in your local area advertise and provide quotes all in one place so you can compare prices and find some that not only does what you need, but fits your budget too.

Leases, Walkthroughs and Keys

These might go without saying but a number of people don’t actually have their rental lease copy on the day of the move. If renting another useful thing to have a copy of is the preliminary walk through done by the letting agent or both of you together to highlight any potential damages in the property as well as scuffed flooring, scraped walls and the like to ensure you won’t be held responsible when you move out if they aren’t fixed. Keys also sounds like a no brainer but it can be a serious stress and a pain if you haven’t gotten the keys in advance of your move in date and you have to run around looking for whoever has them – especially if they can’t be found! Pre-plan to get the keys at least a day in advance if possible, or know where the person with the keys will be and arrange a time to pick them up.

Insurance

Another point that may sound like a no brainer is insurance, but many people don’t actually get their insurance in place prior to their move. It may take your insurance company a week or two to get the insurance all sorted out and moved over to the new property so make sure you get in contact with them in advance of your move to see what they need in order to insure your new place – especially if you have been buying and selling a home where any number of things can go wrong with the property and you’re the one on the hook! Insurance for renters typically covers only contents, so getting this in advance of your move can be a good idea as well.

So there you have a couple of key components that you really should have put on a moving day list to ensure the whole day goes off without a hitch. Moving is stressful enough, so by organising these things in advance you will save yourself tons of headache. Good luck!

Round The World Gear List – For Women!

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If you’re thinking about heading off on a round the world trip of some kind, you might be wondering what the best things to pack are, especially if you’re a woman. After all, there are so many eventualities to be prepared for, how can you pack for absolutely every single one? It can seem daunting, but this handy dandy list will help highlight a couple of things that are absolute must haves – personally and practically.

Bags, Bags, Bags

This sounds like a given, but there are a lot of bags that you can employ when you’re on the road – with great results. Take a “bag for life” style plastic bag with you to keep your dirty laundry separated from your clean stuff when you’re moving around and don’t have a chance to get any washing done. Aside from this, organising bags such as vacuum bags can help you really keep stuff organised and help you save space too, so consider taking some of these with you as well – preferably the kind you don’t need a vacuum cleaner to make work correctly as chances are you won’t see a vacuum for awhile. Get the roll up kind that squeeze the air out instead!

A Woman’s Secret Weapon

Okay, this one is going to sound potentially a bit gross for those who are squeamish in the audience but this is an integral part of a woman’s travel kit – MoonCup or Diva Cup. Some places in the world do not have the same quality of feminine provisions that are available at home which can make “that time of the month” even more unpleasant, especially when on the road. The Moon/Diva Cup (or other brands) are silicone cups that you use in a way similar to tampons, but are reusable and washable, making them not just an absolute must have for women on the road but also inherently better for the planet than traditional feminine hygiene products.

General Necessities

Necessities for each woman can depend on what you plan to do and your own personal interests, but some things to consider also bringing with you anywhere you go include birth control pills, if you use them, condoms (better to have some just in case!) and of course a well stocked medicine kit featuring bandages, gauze, antiseptic, cotton buds, nail clippers, mosquito repellent, your anti-malarial medication (if going to a malaria zone) and your yellow fever certificate (again if necessary). Don’t forget to bring sun cream as well, as sun cream and mosquito spray abroad can be significantly expensive. Some things you can forgo purchasing before you leave – like shampoo, conditioner etc as you can get most of this in most countries, but things like sun cream and mosquito repellent should come with you as standard, if even to save some money on the road. One other thing that is a necessity is your own towel. Some places provide a towel at your accommodation, but some places don’t so you will be left drying off after a shower with your t-shirts otherwise!

Of course these are the “extra” practicalities and the overall gear list will depend where you go and what you plan to do, but the general waterproofs, snorkel gear, sunglasses is a given. Everyone will have their own list of these specific things they use, so making a list will help you remember to pack everything you need to bring. Get that bag organised – the wide world awaits!