- Send change-of-address cards to the post office, social security office, insurance companies, relatives, friends, etc.
- Make all travel arrangements and obtain your tickets well in advance. Familiarize yourself with alternate travel options.
- Before moving your pet, schedule an examination by a veterinarian, who may suggest a tranquilizer or some other measure to make your pet more comfortable during the trip. Obtain copies of your pet's health and rabies vaccination records, and update identification tags.
- Don't forget to notify the telephone, gas, cable, electric, and water companies, as well as newspaper delivery service, garbage pickup, and anyone else who should know when to discontinue service.
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- Analyze your storage needs. As an alternative to storage, if there are items you won't need or can't use at destination, you might want to consider selling them instead; it may be more cost effective, and the money you get for your unneeded items will certainly come in handy.
- Obtain all personal records—e.g., prescriptions and medical records, school transcripts, marriage and birth certificates, vehicle registrations, etc.—and carry them personally.
- Valuables from safe deposit boxes, jewelry boxes, and important papers should be carried with you, rather than packed and transported with household goods.