How to Pack a Moving-Day Survival Kit

Moving is something that can be extremely overwhelming for most people, and it can be hard to stay organized during a move. If you start packing at an early stage in the process, you can alleviate some of the stress involved, but you can also alleviate some stress by hiring a moving company to help you on moving day. Before they arrive, make sure everything is packed and ready to go, and don't forget to pack a moving-day survival kit.

What Is a Moving-Day Survival Kit?

A moving-day survival kit is something you can pack in advance to prepare for moving day. Its purpose is to allow you to have all the things you will need during your first day or two at your new home. If you do not pack a moving-day survival kit, you may find yourself searching through boxes to look for items you really need during that first day or night.

If you want to avoid searching through box after box to find that one item you really need right now, you can pack a moving-day survival kit. You should start packing this box approximately two weeks in advance, but you will probably not be finished packing it until moving day comes.

What Should You Place in This Kit?

A moving-day survival kit might be something you can create in just one box or tote, or you might need a couple. This will depend on your family size and needs, but you should try to limit your kit to just two boxes or totes. Make sure you keep these boxes somewhere in your home that is handy so you can place items in it as needed and make sure your moving company knows that they are not to load these boxes into the moving truck. Here are some of the items you should consider putting in your survival kit.

Towels and personal-hygiene products—If you want to take a shower on the first morning in your new home, make sure you have towels in the box as well as all of the personal-hygiene items you will need. This may include shampoo, conditioner, soap, face soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.

Food and water—You may also want to pack simple things to eat, such as granola bars, chips, and cookies. In addition, pack bottles of water, paper plates, and napkins so you have items to use while you are eating.

Medication—If you take daily medication, pack this in your survival box too so it is easy to find.

Linens—You may also want to pack sheets and blankets in your survival kit so you have them for sleeping that night.

If you start packing this a couple of weeks before your move, you may think of other things you will need in addition to these items.

What Items Should Each Family Member Pack Individually?

In addition to packing a survival-kit box, you should have each family member pack a bag too. As each person packs, they should include the following items in their own bag:

  • Pajamas
  • Clothing for the next day
  • Toothbrush (if they were not packed in the main box)
  • Games or activities to do before bed
  • Electronics, if needed
  • Any other items they might need for the night

If your children are little, you may have to pack these bags for them. If they are old enough to do this themselves, you may want to check their bags just to make sure they packed the right items.

If you are getting ready to move to a new house, contact a moving company. They can give you a quote for moving services, and they may also be able to offer other great tips that will help you stay organized during your move.