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Sell the house. Check. Book the movers. Check. Clean and pack. Check. Prepare your moving day essentials box… not checked. When it comes to preparing for moving day, there can be lots of things to get checked off your to-do list, but preparing an essentials box or moving day emergency kit is one you don’t want to forget.
If you are not sure what types of items you’d want or need to include, no problem, we have you covered. We’ve moved thousands of families over the years so we know a thing or two about what types of odds and ends you might need those first few days before everything is unpacked. Packing these items in a separate box that is easy to locate will ensure you aren’t hunting through dozens of boxes to find those tools to put together the cabinet or sheets and pillows for bed time.
Let’s start with the essentials
No matter how far you are moving, these items are necessary. Be sure to have plenty of snacks and water especially if you are moving in the summer, and any necessary things like toilet paper, and garbage bags. Here are some essential items you don’t want to forget:
- Snacks and Water
- Pet food (if needed)
- Paper towels and Toilet paper
- Emergency first-aid kit
- Tool bag
- Trash bags
- Charging cables for phones and other needed devices
- Any medications or prescriptions you may need
- Batteries and chargers for power tools
- Lightbulbs and flash light, just in case
- Cleaning supplies
Remember these personal items
It can be hard to get everything loaded, unloaded, and unpacked, all in one day, especially if you are relocating any significant distance. This next list of items includes things you might need for that first night in your new home if you don’t have all your items unpacked. In addition to the essentials above don’t forget to pack things like:
- Change of clothes
- Sheets and pillows, in case you aren’t finished unpacking before bed time.
- A Shower curtain, if your shower doesn’t have doors.
- Bathroom towels
- Paper plates, napkins, and plastic utensils to use until the kitchen is unpacked
- Pen and Paper, in case you need to make quick shopping lists
- Any paperwork and records you might need the first few days in your home
Other Moving Day Essentials to consider
While these items aren’t needed, having them can certainly help to make moving day a little easier. It might be worth considering packing a few of these in your essentials box:
- Radio or Speaker for some background noise
- Charged laptop or tablet, just in case you need it
- A box of personal items for your kids and/or pets
- Quick and easy meal items if you’d prefer not to eat out
Once you have your essentials box packed, make sure it’s clearly labeled and that it’s one of the last items to go into the moving truck, which means it will be first to come off. Another option is to keep your moving day essentials with you, especially if you will arrive at your new home before the movers.
Packing a moving day essentials box is a great way to ensure you have all those little items that you’ll need throughout the day in one place, meaning less time wasted searching for them, and when it’s time to call it a day, you can easily find things for showering and bed time. What other things do you always include in your moving day essentials? We’d love to hear from you.