Temporary housing is a challenge for anyone who must live away from home for an extended period. One of the biggest conundrums for most is how much of their own stuff to bring. How can you decide what to bring and what to leave at home? Here's a five-step process for success.
1. Start With the Minimum. The best approach to temporary housing stays is to start by treating it as though you were staying in a nice hotel. Assume that the housing will provide the same types of things that a hotel does, and pack accordingly. But make a point to only include the bare minimum—focusing on things like work clothing, personal toiletries, medical needs, and technology.
2. Ask What Is Provided. Next, you'll need to do some research to find out exactly what is actually provided. Some housing companies list amenities on their websites, but you may also want to email or talk with staff directly. A reputable housing organization will provide you with sufficient details. Create the most detailed list you can do, and put it in writing.
3. Add to Your Packing List. Once you have a more specific idea of what's not provided in apartments or suites, add some obvious items to your packing list. Taking this in stages helps you carefully add to your luggage without overdoing the amount of stuff you expect to bring.
4. Make Notes for a Week. Next, set aside packing and pay attention instead to how you live. Put the written list of amenities on the refrigerator or somewhere similarly convenient. As you take care of personal tasks, go to and from work, spend time in the evenings, cook, and engage in hobbies or recreation, pay attention to what you use daily or weekly. Check against the amenities list.
5. Add Sentimental Items. Now that you have a grasp of how many necessities you'll take, it's time to add some less necessary things. Because temporary stays can be stressful and lonely, comfort items are almost as important as necessities. But don't bring everything you enjoy or that makes you think of home. Instead, look for items that provide the most emotional bang for your buck space-wise. This may include family photos, hobby supplies, spa items, or even specific bedding.
Where to Start
The first step in planning is to tour temporary housing facilities in your destination area. Talk with them about what amenities are provided so you can minimize what you must bring from home. And then, you'll have more space and time to pack the most important things for your physical and mental health.
Contact a local temporary housing service to learn more.Share
21 June 2022
My name is Clara Banksman and this is a blog that I've written about hotels and lodging. In this blog you'll learn about the different kinds of lodging accommodations that are available and the benefits of each one. In addition to hotels, you'll read about staying in a motel, a hostel and a bed and breakfast. You can also learn about spending time at a vacation rental, a resort and a lodge. I do a lot of traveling and while I'm away from home, I like the experience of staying in different kinds of accommodations. Spending the night at various places also makes the trip more exciting for me. I hope that after you read my blog it will inspire you to book a stay at a place that you've never been before.