One of my favorite quotes is from Peter Pan. It says, “Would you like an adventure now or shall we have our tea first?” I love tea and adventures! Moving has certainly given us the opportunity to explore and enjoy new opportunities which I see as adventures.
Our current adventure is taking us from Texas to Florida. We’re leaving my home state and my older children. I’m a sad mama. My baby (she’s 16) is the only child moving with us. We will be in temporary housing for two months while we look for somewhere to live. We’ve done this whole thing before and I have learned a few things along the way to make us feel a little more at home while we live in temporary housing.
Although living in a hotel or condominium can be a luxury (housekeeping and maintenance) not to mention the free soap, shampoo, and conditioner (Hey, I love saving money)!, it can feel, well, not so homey. Here is my not-so-exhaustive list of what I like to bring with me during these times.
Spices – I bring the ones I use the most. Since I was leaving Texas I brought along my Southeast Texas staple spice – Texjoy.
Sharp Knife – Knives in a lot of condominiums are not sharp so I have learned to bring my best one.
Measuring Cups and Spoons – While these are not essential, the last two condominiums where we stayed have not provided these. I brought my own since I do actually use them for baking.
Rice Pot – I cook rice every day the Colombian way. I have a certain pot that works best. I know and love this pot. (It traveled in the spare tire well on the way here.)
Recipes – I have a few favorites that I couldn’t leave behind like Chocolate Sheet Cake (for birthdays) and Pumpkin Bread.
I wish I would have had room for my crock pot. I’m missing it!
Records and Office Supplies
Passports, Driver’s Licenses, Social Security Cards, Vaccination Records, Medical Records, School Records – These can and should be kept in a safe if one is provided. Protect your personal information!
Bill File or Notebook with previous and upcoming bill information, Information on movers, Calendar with important dates to remember (Don’t trust your memory because moving is stressful and you need to have reminders in place.)
Scissors, Tape, Pens, Pencils, Paper, Paper Clips, Note Pad – These can be tucked into a small bag or case and will come in handy.
USB Memory Stick – Since most of us don’t travel with our copier/printer you may need to load a file onto this and find an Office Depot or the library where you can get copies or printouts made. Don’t forget to take some change with you to feed into the printer/copier machine!
Pain Relievers, Allergy Medications, Stomach Medicine, Basic First Aid Supplies
Yankee Candle – Our family’s favorite scent is Spiced Pumpkin. This definitely makes us feel like we are at home.
Throw Blanket – These are great to snuggle up in and are usually not provided at a hotel or condominium.
Pillow – My husband takes his pillow everywhere! If you like your pillow, take it with you.
Bedding – While most places provide bedding, some children might like to have their favorite quilt which can be of great comfort at bedtime. If you have room for it, go ahead and take it with you.
Toys – A few favorites plus a board game, cards, etc. are great for entertainment. Try to make this time of transition as fun as possible.
Books – I brought my Bible, Bible Study Guide, Quote Journal, and a few books by some of my favorite authors. We cannot join the library until we have a permanent address so we have been visiting Thrift Stores to find a few more books to read. We can always donate them back when we are done with them.
IPad or Tablet/Power Cord
You get the idea…don’t forget the power cords and chargers!
Small Sewing Kit
You never know when you will need some of these things.
I’m sure you’ll remember a few things that I’ve left off. Please share some of your experiences and let me know any of your suggestions.
“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning!” ~Peter Pan
Sunset on Anna Maria Island, Florida