Moving Day

Moving can be stressful. There’s no way around that, but there are things you can do to decrease the hassle of a relocation such as being smart about what not to load onto the moving truck. 

Even the most reliable local and interstate movers in Orange County can’t control the weather, a road closure, or other events that could cause a delay in the delivery of your items. So, as you’re planning for your move, think past what you’ll need immediately and consider also what you’d like to have the first day or two that you’re in your new home. 

Pack separate bags and/or boxes with these items, so you’ll have them handy even if your shipment is late:


Keep all your medications—for both people and pets—with you. Packing them is too much of a risk. If you’re moving a long distance, see if your doctor and/or vet will let you get an extra 30 days of each medicine, so you’ll have plenty of time to settle in before having to refill anything in your new city. 

Baby Gear

Think of your baby bag times 10. Lots of diapers, clothes, pacifiers, bottles, toys, blankets, wipes, formula, and food. 

Three Changes of Clothes

Will you need all three? Probably not, but maybe. If you don’t need them, no harm’s done. If you don’t pack enough, however, you’re going to be scrubbing out skivvies in the sink—and that’s not going to help your move be less stressful. 

Hygiene Products

Soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc…one easy way to handle this is to pack a travel size bag of products for each member of your family. This will be enough to take care of everyone for several days. 


Few things will be as frustrating as having a stack of devices and no chargers. Do yourself a favor, and don’t pack the chargers. 

Boredom Therapy

Electronics, board games, books…you’ll be happy that you have whatever items will keep your kids—and the adults—occupied. 

Pet Gear

Think about the arrangements you’ve made for your pets. If you have them boarded and have some flexibility on the pickup date, then you may not need to keep as much pet gear with you. If not, and there is a chance you’ll need to take care of your pets before your shipment arrives, then you’ll want to make sure you have the leashes, collars, and bowls you need. You could keep some food handy, but it’s just as easy to run to a nearby grocery store, if needed. 

Other considerations for your do-not-load list are more obvious, but they are still worth mentioning:

Hazardous Items

Your California movers should provide you with a list of hazardous items that cannot be loaded onto a moving truck. Examples of such items include:

  • Combustible Liquids
  • Firearms and Ammunition
  • Oil and Gas
  • Household Cleaners that Contain Bleach or Ammonia
  • Paint
  • Fertilizers
  • Pesticides


If you love your plants enough to bring them along when you move then don’t put them at risk in the back of a moving truck. If at all possible, move the plants in your personal vehicle. 


It shouldn’t need to be said that packing food is a bad idea, but as just about any Orange County moving company can attest, it does need to be said. Do NOT pack food other than non-perishable items that are not subject to infestation by pests I.E. canned goods.

Irreplaceable Items

Everyone has possessions that they would be devastated to lose. This might be family photos, heirlooms, your kids’ scrapbook, or a much-loved antique. If possible, keep all such items with you rather than having them loaded onto the moving truck. 

Important Paperwork

All essential documents such as IDs, passports, insurance policies, etc…should be kept with you at all times during the move. 

Planning a relocation? Schick Moving & Storage is an Allied Moving company that offers local and long-distance moving services as well as international relocations. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you enjoy a hassle-free move and to request a free consultation and accurate cost estimate. Call today or fill out our online form now to get started.