With all of the stress that comes with moving, it’s easy to forget things in the shuffle. Here’s a list of some important tips to help keep your relocation on the right track:

Plan ahead: Not enough can be said for a handy, reliable checklist. Keep it around for those times when little things pop into your head and stick to a schedule. Start as early as possible so you’re not stuck scrambling for more boxes at the last minute.

Pick a good moving company: The best place to start is with friends and family. See what kinds of experiences they’ve had and then check the Internet for helpful reviews, tips, and deals to help narrow down the search. A good moving company can save you a ton of headache in the long run!

Pack light: Don’t just throw everything into one box, sort through it as you go. Get the entire family involved in making piles for trash, donation, and recycling. The more you get rid of, the less you have to move, and the lighter your load will be. Moving is about new beginnings, take this opportunity to get rid of the junk that’s been following you around for years.

Pack smart: Make sure to utilize your packing materials. There is a box and packaging for just about every item in your house. Make the most of it and make sure your items get to their new location safe and sound.

Address and utility transfers: These are generally very easy to do online or over the phone. A simple address change will make sure your mail gets forwarded to you and don’t forget the gas, water, electric, cable, Internet, and phone.

Important documents: Make sure you keep your most important documents separate and handy. This includes: birth certificates, driver’s licenses, passports, marriage license, bank records, important phone numbers, local maps, and insurance cards. It’s always a good idea to pack these together in a box that will go with you in the car to ensure it does not get lost or forgotten.

Relocating with children: If you have children, you’ll want to make sure to keep certain things set aside for them, especially if it’s going to be a long journey. Birth certificates, medications, immunization records, and medical records as well as some of their favorite snacks and toys will make your move much less stressful.

The right now box: This is the box of all of the things you’ll forget about until you need them right now in your new place. Examples: a roll of toilet paper, garage door openers, maps, bottled water, snacks, and cell phone chargers. This is another box to make sure is packed safely in your car so you know just where to find it once you arrive.