Like a root canal for your entire body, there are few things more stressful than a moving day. Regardless at how organized or experienced you might be, on moving day there always seems to be something unexpected or forgotten that pops up to make the experience even more aggravating. To help ease at least some of the burden we offer a few suggestions to place on your moving day checklist. While it’s impossible to anticipate everything, following these few suggestions should help in making that most traumatic of days at least a little easier.

Packing Kit: Before the big day it’s a good idea to assemble a packing kit, that one place to go to find the things you will need when making a move. This should include (but is not limited to) things such as extra boxes, plenty of garbage bags, scissors, tape (packing and masking), markers, paper towels and anything else you think you might be needing. It’s also a good idea to have things like bottled water and granola bars in your kit, because everyone involved in the move will get hungry and thirsty at some point.

First Day Items: When on the subject of putting together kits in advance, in addition to a Packing Kit a First Day Kit for when you complete your move is also a good idea. Perhaps you can set one Rubbermaid container aside where you can place items such as the toiletries you’ll need for first day or two in your new home. This could include things such as face and bath towels, hand soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant, razor and spare blades and of course toilet paper.

Household: Once the move is over, but you’ve not had the time to unpack anything, it’s also a good idea to have the household items you will need during your first couple of days readily available as well. Items such as eating utensils for each person in the household, cups, glasses, dishes, the kettle and a pot or two are good choices. If you have pets ensure their food, leash, bed, kitty litter, kitty litter tray and favorite toys are within reach. If you think a move is stressful for you, imagine how it must seem to your family pet?

Medicine Cabinet: If you take prescription medicines or are subject to allergies, knowing where your meds are could be a life saver. Make a list of what you need and pack them separately. This could include your allergy medicines, pain killers (because you will be sore after a move), muscle relaxants, contact lens solution, or any other essentials for the medicine cabinet.

Your Electronics: Our modern world is governed by our devises and when making a move make sure you know where things such as your Smartphone or laptop charger can be found. If you have an iPod or other similar system knowing where it is can be important. If it has speakers keep them handy as well, as nothing makes a strange place seem comfortable and familiar quicker than when your favorite tunes fill the air as you unpack.

The list could go on, each family and their needs are different, but every bit of planning and organizing you do before hand will make the process more bearable. It’s never going to be easy or pain free, but a move doesn’t have to be a nightmare either. A little thought and planning will help dramatically.