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Checklist: On the road to a new home

Cut the confusionThe moving van is on its way to your new home -- it's time for you to get going, too.

If you've been following our six-week "countdown to moving day" timeline, you mapped out the route to your new home and booked hotel reservations one month in advance.

Two weeks before the big move you had the car checked by a mechanic.

All of the big stuff is out of the way, but you still may need a few hours for a quick shopping trip to pick up items that will make your road trip safer and more enjoyable.

Here's a checklist of items you should have in your vehicle.

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  • Map with route clearly marked.
  • Hotel reservation confirmation numbers and phone numbers.
  • Cell phone with car adapter power cord.
  • First aid kit -- first aid manual, sterile gauze, adhesive tape, bandages in several sizes, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic cream, aspirin and nonaspirin pain reliever, Dramamine, scissors, instant cold packs and latex gloves. A blanket should be kept separately.
  • Emergency road kit -- flares, emergency triangle, booster cables, flashlight with spare batteries, work gloves, antifreeze and windshield washer solvent.
  • Check that a tire jack, lug wrench and tire iron are in the vehicle. You may also want a can of Fix-a-Flat or similar aerosol that inflates flat tires.
  • Water, soda, fruit juices and snacks.
  • Books, toys, music tapes for the kids.
  • Snow shovel if traveling in winter conditions.

-- Posted: Oct. 15, 1999

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