METCALF MOVING BLOG

November 2, 2018

What to Pack in Your Essential Move Kit

It takes Americans an average of 182 days to unpack their last box after moving into a new home. That is just under six months.

While many of the items in those unpacked boxes could be keepsakes and seasonal items, what if something you need is in one of those boxes?

One way to ensure that your move goes smoothly is to make a moving essentials kit. Read on to learn what that is and how to make one.

What is Your Essentials Box?

Your essentials box is the last box you pack and the first one you unload and open at your new place. It has the must-have things that you will need right away. Many times people like to keep this box with them throughout the moving process in their own car.

It’s the one box you don’t want to spend time digging for. It’s also the items that you can’t pack weeks or even days in advance of the big move.

Items that Belong in Your Essentials Box

So what exactly is in this essentials box? The essentials box should include all current prescription medication, personal toiletries like your toothbrush, shampoo, soap and even a roll of toilet paper will all come in handy during the first few hours in your new place. Even a change of clothing, snacks, and drinks are good to include in your essentials box.

If you have young kids, this is the box in which you want to put their favorite cuddle item and bedtime book. There’s nothing worse than frantically opening up ten boxes labeled “kids” way past bedtime looking for Mr. Snuggles.

Don’t forget your electronics and chargers as well; they go in this box too!

How to Pack Your Home Move Essentials Box

One of the easiest ways to pack this move kit that has a variety of mismatched items is to start the box when you first begin packing.

Designate one particular box as the essentials box. As you begin packing, start adding the items to the box as you go.

If you need something before you move, no problem! Just reach in and grab it. Merely remember to put it back in the box when you are done.

Don’t close the box or put it with the other moving boxes or it could get lost in the mix. Keep this box near your bed or another place where you are sure it will be safe from helpful packers or well-meaning family who could load it accidentally.

Jot down a home move essentials checklist of items you need in your move kit and check them off as they go into the box. Keep this list with the box for easy access.

How to Keep Tabs of Your Essentials Box

This box should have a spot in your car. It’s a good idea to put a bright strip of masking tape on the side of the box to make it stand out from the rest. Make sure it is labeled “essentials box.”

Moving into a new house is chaotic, no matter how prepared you are. If possible, assign a trusted friend or family member to be in charge of the box during the move and once you arrive.

Final Thoughts

Moving can be exciting and invigorating. Having a moving essentials kit with the most critical items can help you feel in control.

If you need help with your relocation, Metcalf Movers can help. Contact us today for a quote!

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