First, when packing up your child’s room, be sure to label the boxes with the contents and keep in mind which items, such as school supplies, clothing that is appropriate for the climate you are moving to and other possessions that you might need to unpack first. Place these things at the top of the boxes so you do not have to dig around and unpack everything just to find a backpack, a favorite book or stuffed animal, or a pair of boots. This will help make the move easier and more pleasant. You can color code the boxes with markers or tape, and create a list in a spiral notebook to make sure you remember where to find everything and what color to look for.
The same holds true for other rooms in your house. Keep such items as phone books, maps, parer, pens, inventory lists, etc. in a box that you can easily find when you need it. Kitchen towels, a few pots and pans, utensils, plates, cups, salt and pepper shakers, trash bags, dish washing detergent and sponges will be needed as soon as you move into your new home. Also put flashlights, cell phone chargers, matches, light bulbs, towels, shampoo and soap in a box that can be opened right away.
How will the family pass the long hours of travel? Have plenty of music cds, or audiobooks, if that is what you will be listening to, and since radio reception cannot be counted on in any given area for long, the music will come in handy. Be sure to have earplugs for anyone using a portable game or cd player. Do any of your family members like to read in the car? Put books and magazines in a holder or sturdy, waterproof bag so they can access them.
Small children are usually easily amused by simple toys, but if they fuss, consider buying a new, age-appropriate toy or two so that they do not become bored. Get into the car at the same eye level as your child before you begin your trip, to see the space from his or her perspective—are there toys hanging within reach that are securely fastened? You will not be able to retrieve toys that fall, so securely clip or tie some colorful toys or other items around the seat. You can also help small children settle down with their favorite music and snacks.