Packing up for your new home? If moving day is approaching, then it’s time to pack an essentials box to keep things running smoothly! As experts in moving, we’re here with a checklist of moving essentials you’ll need for your new home.
Here’s Why You Need a Moving Essentials Box
Your first few nights in a new home can be stressful and uncomfortable, which is why having a few things prepared beforehand can help things run smoothly. Instead of having to immediately unpack boxes and search through countless items, your essentials box will have all the basic tools and items you need to begin prepping your new home.
Not sure what’s needed for an essentials box? Here’s a list of the top 10 essential items that you’ll want to pull together.
10 Things You Need in an Essentials Box for Moving Day
Before packing up that final box, make sure you’ve grabbed these items and stored them together in a designated container or box.
1. Cleaning Supplies
The last thing you’ll want to do before you lock up your old home for the final time is to make sure it’s clean. What’s more, it can also be a good idea to give your new place a quick clean before you move in.
Having your go-to cleaning supplies readily available will make this process easy and fast. Make sure you have a broom, paper towels, cleaning spray, and dusting rags ready to go.
2. Toiletries and bathroom essentials
You’re going to need a usable restroom while you move in, so keep a roll of toilet paper and some hand soap readily available. It’s also helpful to have your basic toiletries like shampoo, a razor, face wash, toothbrush, and toothpaste packed up together and easy to grab. It might also be a good idea to pack a shower curtain in case your new place requires one.
3. Basic Tools
You’ll likely have to take apart some pieces of furniture to make space in the moving truck, and this means you’ll need a few tools. Your toolkit should include: an Allen wrench, a box wrench, a few sizes of flathead and Phillips head screwdrivers. Also throw in extension cords, power strips, painters tape and a few lightbulbs.
Even if your first meal in your new home isn’t going to be a five-course dinner, you’re still going to want utensils available for that morning bowl of cereal or last-minute PB&J snack. Keep a few utensils on hand so meals don’t have to be a hassle during the move.
Don’t forget the snacks! Moving is a tiring project and you’ll want to keep plenty of snacks and water handy to stay fueled and hydrated.
6. Basic Bedding
Pack sheets, pillows (and pillow cases) and a blanket so you’re not hunting through boxes or bags to find these items before you can hit the hay.
7. Valuables and Documents
You should keep important personal documents such as passports close to you during the move. You can stash documents in a ziplock or manila envelope before placing them in the box.
8. A Change of Clothes
Add a few extra outfits, including underwear and socks.
9. Chargers for electronics
You’ll want to make sure you have chargers for any small electronics you have, like cell phones, tablets and laptops.
In the chaos of moving, it can be easy to forget last-minute tasks. Before your week of moving begins, we recommend making a master moving checklist of final items you need to pack and final tasks to complete.
Taking the time to pack the right stuff in your open-me-first box can help you get settled in more easily and feel calmer about the move!