Basic Haul Until Moving Cargo Arrives

Hello everyone! Excuse my lack of posts last week (and this), we got back to PR on Sunday morning and have been busy getting ourselves organized, saying goodbye to friends (#thesads) and making to-do lists.

As you may or may not already know, my husband and I are officially moving to Connecticut on August 3rd, 2016. Since we’re moving from Puerto Rico, we can’t exactly drive a U-Haul so we have to move with good old fashioned moving companies and wait for our cargo to arrive between 40-60 days after it’s picked up.

We’re not exactly excited to have to wait so much and sleep on an air mattress but it just made sense financially to take our things with us. With insurance, we got a $1,500-ish estimate to pack up and transport the following:

  • Bedroom set (6 drawer chest, mirror, bed frame, two nightstand tables)
  • Queen size mattress
  • 3 Person “L” shaped sofa
  • Coffee table
  • 2 end tables
  • TV
  • 15 boxes worth of household items

Considering that it would cost more than $1,500 just to replace the sofa and mattress we agreed we’d be willing to wait for everything to arrive. We considered selling our things, but in Puerto Rico, sadly, there isn’t a culture of selling used items. Garage sales are extremely rare here and Salvation Army is the only thrift store around. I’ve sold a few things in a local Facebook group that sort of acts as a virtual garage sale but that’s about it…and we ended up giving away our desk to a friend and our crock-pot to my mother-in-law’s partner.

Anyways, we went to Connecticut last week to sign our apartment lease, get to know the area, I had to get a physical and drug screening for my internship, and we bought some necessities for when we arrive. There’s still a few things we’ll need but I think we can survive 2-3 days. Here’s what we bought:


  • Air mattress
  • 2 pillows
  • BRITA jug
  • Two small trashcans (bathroom and kitchen)
  • Bathroom rug
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and body soap.
  • Dog bed for Oliver
  • Dog food bowls for Oliver
  • 2 plastic plates
  • 2 small plastic plates
  • 2 plastic cups
  • Sponge
  • Dish soap
  • Toothbrush holder (I know this isn’t exactly a necessity but I hate having wet toothbrushes on the bathroom sink)
  • Pack of plastic cutlery
  • Hand soap (for bathroom)
  • Trash bags
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • 2 Chairs for our small dining table (not pictured, we went back for them the next day)
  • unnamed.jpg453.jpg*The rug is from Target but the towels I actually took with me on my carry-on as those were the spare ones we had in Puerto Rico and were brand new.

Bed, Bath, and Beyond

  • Set of 2 pans (not the mega best quality but it’ll do until our good ones get there)
  • 1 baking tray
  • 1 small colander
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 set of 3 knives
  • 1 serving spoon
  • 1 plastic cutting board



*I accidentally deleted the picture where I had everything on the countertop for you guys to see. Luckily I had this sub-par quality one in a text message thread with a friend. The plates and cups are from Target.


Trader Joe’s, WholeFoods and Aldi’s.

I bought only a few things to survive. It was by no means a food haul. That we will do once we get there.

  • Here’s a video if you want to skip reading this list.
  • Trader Joe’s
    • Peanut Butter
    • Organic fruit spread
    • Canola oil spray
    • Dark chocolate covered espresso beans (Yes…it’s a necessity)
    • Frozen Vegetable Fried Rice
    • Frozen Kung Pao Chicken (I’ve recently started eating chicken again)
    • Ancient Grains Asparagus and Tomato pizza
  • WholeFoods
    • Parm Crisps
    • Trail Mix
    • Crackers
  • Aldi’s
    • Honey Roasted Peanuts (Bare with me, it was only $1.99)
    • Aluminum foil


My food plan is to buy fish/seafood/chicken and veggies that I can cook in a pan or baking tray and lots of salad from Costco while my big pots and pans, and rice/slow cooker arrive. I’ll get to that when we arrive and maybe I’ll do a haul video.

In the bathroom I also left a few things I had with me like perfume, facial cleanser, first-aid kit, etc. Some things like bed sheets we’re taking in our carry one. We left a big fleece blanket in the closet which traveled in hubby’s suitcase.

Anyways, I think that’s pretty much it regarding what we bought. I’ll talk to you guys soon.

Any tips for other necessities? Do you have any moving tips for us?



P.S. Here are a few pics of our apartment and the condominium facilities.


Lounge area


Kitchen/Dining area (yes, that’s my husband…and our leasing agent’s cropped body)

Living room


Bathroom (There’s a pic of the shower somewhere in this post)bathroom fixtures.jpg

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