Tips for Relocating to a New City

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Relocating can be a big and fun adventure, but it can also come with a lot of headaches, especially if you’re moving to a new city or area that you’ve never been to. We’ve put together some tips to make your relocation go as smoothly as possible.

Make Checklists
Checklists help to ensure that things are not forgotten during the hectic moving process. You should ideally make three lists: one of things to do before the relocation, one of things to do during the move, and the one most people forget, things to do after the move. Some action items to include are: redirecting mail, arranging movers (if using them), unplugging appliances, getting the power turned off at the old location and turned on at the new location. If you can’t think of items to include on the list, or if you are afraid you’re missing something important, you can search for moving check lists online and print them off.

Pack Carefully            
It can be so tempting to just throw things in boxes and say you’ll deal with it all later, but organized packing can prevent a lot of headaches when relocating. Try and pack things from the same room together, and clearly label what’s contained inside. Also, remember to separately pack things you’ll need immediately in the short-term, like a week’s worth of clothing, toiletries, a few basic pieces of cooking equipment, cutlery etc. It can take a few days or weeks to fully unpack, and you don’t want to have to go tearing through a ton of boxes to find a towel so you can take a shower.

Set a budget                                                                                                     
Relocating can be very expensive. If you don’t have a relocation allowance from your work, tame costs by creating a budget, and try to stick to it. Movers can be a big help, but they can be expensive, so if you need one, call around and get a few estimates before putting down a deposit. Factor in the city’s cost of living, as prices may be higher or lower than the area where you currently live, which can affect the prices of homes, groceries, gas and more. The first couple of trips to department and grocery stores after a move can be expensive as you build up a supply of staple items so be sure to factor that into your moving costs.

Take Your Time
Don’t make the mistake of rushing and picking the first available place you find in a new city. Make sure you visit the prospective homes in person, never rely on the posted photos alone. If you have questions about the home you’ll be viewing, write them down before you go, so you don’t forget to ask. If you already have a job, try driving to and from your new office in rush hour, to see what your commute will be like. Take a walk around the block and see if you can picture yourself living there. If you encounter any potential neighbors, ask them how they like the area. InTown Suites makes for a great home base when trying to find a new home, because you pay a low weekly rate for a studio-style apartment, and the room is yours for as long as you need it, giving you the time needed to find the perfect home.

Get Out and Explore!
After you’ve moved in, the best way to truly feel at home is to familiarize yourself with your new neighborhood. If you had things you loved doing in your old town, find similar activities in your new town. For example, if you enjoy yoga, spend some time trying out a few different yoga studios in your new city, until you find the one that makes you feel the most at home. If you love to eat out, visit local pages of review sites like Yelp and Urban Spoon to see which restaurants are must tries!

Follow these tips and you’ll find yourself comfortable relocated in a new home, in no time!

What to Pack for a Week of Business Travel in a Carry-On for Women

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Ladies, we know packing for a business trip can be a daunting task, especially when you have to fit everything you need in a carry-on. Packing light while looking professional can be an intimidating task, but follow this basic formula and you’ll be able to dress for business meetings, cocktail hours and any other work occasion that might arise on your trip. (Gentleman, we didn’t leave you out either, checking out your own packing tips here)

Pair of pajamas – choose a lightweight fabric that takes up little space in your luggage, like silk.

Socks and underwear – only bring as much as you need. To save space in your suitcase, stuff these items into your packed shoes. Some women like to pack older underwear and throw them out after wearing to save the hassle of bringing them back in a laundry bag.

Jewelry and accessories – jewelry is a woman’s best weapon when packing light. Adding a necklace and changing your earrings can easily change the look and formality of an outfit. Colorful silk scarves are an easy way to brighten and change-up neutral clothing.

Make-up palette – blush, lipstick, eye shadow etc. can all take up valuable packing space. Make-up palettes combine all of your favorite items in one palm-sized unit, in complimentary colors. All you’ll need is a travel-sized mascara!

Black shoes – Shoes are heavy and bulky, so if at all possible try to only bring one pair of shoes, two at the most! Invest in a comfortable pair of black flats and/or low heeled shoes that you can spend upwards of twelve hours in. Patent leather is a great option, as its dressy enough wear to a cocktail party or gala event.

Two pairs of neutral pants or one pair of pants and one skirt – most people think that they need a new pair of pants for every day, but sitting in meetings doesn’t get them very dirty, so it’s okay to wear them twice. Make sure they are hemmed to match the shoes you plan on wearing.

Two camisoles/sleeveless blouses – these light pieces can add color or a pattern to your wardrobe, and they can be worn with your button up, sweater or blazer.

One pair of jeans – if your job is casual, or if you’ll have some downtime, bring along your favorite pair of dark wash, straight legged jeans. Since denim is a heavy fabric, wear it on the plane, or when traveling to save space in your suitcase.

One cardigan or V-neck sweater – Pick a lightweight sweater that can be used as a layering piece over one of your shirts or camisoles. If you’re traveling somewhere cold, pack two.

One black and one white button-up – A crisp, ironed button-up shirt is a classic wardrobe staple that never goes out of style and fits in at any workplace. To dress yours up, consider replacing the buttons on the cuffs with cufflinks.

One little black dress – Chose a dress that’s easy to clean and won’t wrinkle easily. During the daytime, you can pair your dress with a sweater or blazer. At night, ditch the sweater and add some sparkly jewelry.

One well-tailored blazer – when paired with a pair of dress pants, you have a suit that can get you through any conference or meeting. For dinner, or a more casual meeting, pair with one of the camisoles and jeans.

With these pieces, you’ll easily survive a week or more on the road, and remember, if you stay at InTown Suites, we have affordable self-serve laundry facilities at each property so you can always do a quick load if you have a coffee spill or other stain.

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