What important items to keep with you when you're moving

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Cpl. Tyler Francis, a Chinese linguist with 3rd Radio Battalion, assists Cpl. Parker Chlovechok, a radio reconnaissance team slackman with Detachment 31, 3rd Radio Bn., with his luggage in front of building 7047, May 8. Marines with Detachments 31 and 5 r

Cpl. Tyler Francis, a Chinese linguist with 3rd Radio Battalion, assists Cpl. Parker Chlovechok, a radio reconnaissance team slackman with Detachment 31, 3rd Radio Bn., with his luggage in front of building 7047, May 8. Marines with Detachments 31 and 5 returned from a six-month deployment to Okinawa. The Marines participated in the unit deployment program, supporting the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Kristen Wong/Released)

Keep those irreplaceable items with you and not with the movers. Don't forget anything. Double-check it, and then check it again. You don't want to need something that you won't have access to.

    • Essential documents like orders, identification, social security cards, passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates,and anything else that could be an identity theft issue (I personally always make sure my OC pepper spray qualification letter is with me - I'd prefer not to have to be sprayed again)
    • Medical records and medications, even the over-the-counter medications
    • Your children's security items like a nightlight, blankets, favorite stuffed animal, or gaming system
    • Phone and laptop chargers for the car and wall sockets

Even when you're not moving, it's important to keep all your important documents in one place, preferably lockable and fireproof. That way you won't have to crazily search your home in a panic the next time you need them.

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Updated on: October 05, 2016

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