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No really. FIVE things not to move out of home without. These five things are essential. Don’t leave without them. Do not set one foot out of the door without these five things. And if you happen to have stumbled across a giant pot of cash, grab that too. Haha.
It probably doesn’t warrant the number one spot in the move out of home essentials, but having somewhere to lay your head is way essential in my books. You can survive almost anything when you can crash out in bed. Plus it can serve as a couch, dining table, study desk… A bed does all things. Get one.
You probably have your drivers licence in your wallet or purse but check in with your parents about other identification such as passport, birth certificate and school records (if applicable). You might not want to take the originals of these just yet (as they can be expensive to replace if misplaced) but get some certified copies and you’ll have everything you need for the ‘move out of home’ essentials.
While you are digging about in your identification stuff now is a good time to work out what medical information you are going to need to be out on your own. For the Australian folks, start with your Medicare card (you can stay on your parents card for a while) and then grab your family GP’s information and contact details. A lot of GP’s have waiting lists or aren’t accepting new clients without a referral, so it’ll be a good idea to have those. We expanded on this topic in this post about health care.
Best case scenario it would be great to have some savings up your sleeve and a decent job for ongoing expenses before you move out of home. But for some it may be a student payment you are relying on, or even your parents depending on the situation. Before you leave home know how much money you have, how much is coming in (and from where) and have a backup plan if something happens and for some reason you are caught short or in an emergency.
This isn’t primary school, you can’t just pack your kiddie suitcase and head off into the sunset. You absolutely should not move out of home without somewhere to stay. Yes, there are some BIG exceptions, especially if your safety is at risk, but leaving without a plan of where to go is dangerous. Make sure you have lined up your new accommodation, made all the arrangements and then double checked them before you make the move. Better safe than sorry.
What do you consider to be a leaving home essential? What would you take to move out of home?
Melissa is the Leave Home Blog Boss. She is living the high life in her hometown, didn’t finish her marketing degree & drinks too much on a Thursday night. Blogging since 2009, Melissa decided to put everything she knows into making The Leave Home Blog a light & easy how-to guide for being a grown up.