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Moving Essentials: What to Pack in Your Moving Day Bag
After arriving in your new home, the only thing you’ll want to do is breathe a sigh of relief and settle in. When everything you own is sealed in stacks of boxes, though, that becomes a lot more difficult.
The best thing you can do to make moving day as smooth and stress-free as possible is to put together an overnight bag or box of moving essentials. With these necessities at hand, you can spend your evening celebrating the move and save unpacking for the morning.
For a comprehensive list of the items to include in your moving essentials box, read on.
The first belongings to pack in your bag or box of essentials are personal items. These are things you’d pack in a typical overnight bag or airplane carry-on. Personal items include:
- Keys and wallet/purse
- Essential toiletries
- Pajamas and clothes for the next day
- Electronics and chargers
It’s best to pack a separate overnight bag for everyone in your family. If you have kids, keep a few of their favorite toys or comfort items accessible.
The next things to pack in your moving day essentials box are the household basics. These are the things that you’ll need to prep the space before unpacking, keep yourselves healthy and comfortable, and take care of any minor repairs.
First, put together a small toolkit with a screwdriver, hammer, wrench, and pliers. Make sure to include a pair of scissors or a box cutter of some sort. The last thing you want to do is start unpacking boxes only to realize the tool you need to open them is packed inside a taped box.
Next, gather a few necessary cleaning supplies. These may include an all-purpose cleaning spray, disinfectant wipes, paper towels, washrags, and dish soap. Keep a trash bag or two with these supplies.
After that, it’s time to pack your non-toiletry bathroom essentials. These include hand soap, a hand towel, and toilet paper. If your shower doesn’t have a door, make sure to pack the shower curtain in this box as well.
In case of any minor injuries, put together a basic first aid kit (here are the Red Cross guidelines on what to include for a family of four).
You’ll be hungry after the moving day is over, so throw a few snacks or easy meal items in the box with some plates, utensils, and cups.
Finally, to easily make the beds on the move-in night, place a set of bed linens in one of the bedrooms’ dresser drawers. This way, you won’t have to search for bedding boxes for each room to make the beds.
Last but not least, it’s time to pull together the miscellaneous moving out essentials. These include:
- A sheet with the contact info of your movers, realtor, utility companies, etc.
- A pen and pad of paper for notes
- Pet necessities
- Important documents
You might also want to include something to celebrate with after moving is done, like a bottle of wine or your favorite treat.
Are Your Moving Essentials Packed for the Big Day?
Packing a bag or box of moving essentials is only one small part of the process, but it makes all the difference on that first night in your new home.
Along with the items you pack in your bag, another essential you shouldn’t forget is a reliable moving company like Metcalf Moving & Storage. Our team does more than take your items from point A to point B — we provide you with excellent service. Contact us online or give us a call today to see how our expert movers can help make your move a breeze.