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If she is going on a road trip to her new destination...here's an idea. When I moved from NJ to MN, a friend gave me a gift basket loaded with single serving snacks...cookies, crackers, bottled water, etc. We were driving a uhaul and it came in so handy...many times a snack or water held us until we had a better place to stop.
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The best thing I ever, ever got in a moving basket was pain reliever. Aching back, feet, and head from being on your feet all day long. I have moved A LOT being an air force brat and now married to an air force dh. I say go with tylenol or advil!!!!
Everybody... Thank you so Much for the great ideas... I hadn't even thought of making "We've Moved" Cards. I'm going to order that set right now. And... I'm going to put together a Survival Kit... Thanks Ladies!!!!
I don't suffer from insanity...
I enjoy every minute of it.
One of my favorite change-of-address cards is made from a map of the new neighborhood and printed on cardstock with a star marking the new home location. I made them into postcards to help save some money on stamps.
Another addition/idea is a small album for the new house. The one I was given has photos of each of our homes (military family). The one I am currently working on (well, "currently" means it is sitting on my craft table giving me dirty looks for not paying it more attention over the last 8 months!) is made of the large paint swatches found at Lowes/H. Depot on a ring. I plan to add photos and journaling on the reverse side highlighting our trip cross-country, the move, the unpacking and eventually all the home improvements. Super cheap album (love free paint swatches) and perfect for the paint can.
A friend gave us this book as a moving gift along with a local yellow pages wrapped up in packing twine - it's perfect to keep track of a new home and would be a great addition to the can:
OK this may sound silly, but is VERY practical. I think you shouls include a roll of tp. Something that is NEVER in the new place, or in public restrooms on the road. When we have someone new move in to our neighborhood, I always bring over a bottle of wine with a roll of tp on top.
We just moved and some things we kept running out of was TP, papertowels and plastic cups. All were extremely handy and used a lot! We ate out a lot the first few days so gift cards for food would be great as well! Are you using a 5 gal paint can?
I've made change of address cards as a gift and bought the postcards at the post office that already have the postage. It saved a step of either putting postage stamps on myself or my friend having to do it.
I second imataloss's suggestion of a roll of tp, and if you're up to a 5-gallon bucket yet, add a roll of paper towels.
I'd also add some zip-loc bags to hold the little parts that come loose, don't get packed where they belong, or are found on the floor during the final sweep; put in a roll of masking tape, a Sharpie, and some 3x5 cards for labels either in the bags or on boxes or other items.