Moving to a new home can be both exciting and stressful! The weeks leading up to your move is surely packed with a long to-do list to get everything ready. But there is one thing that can prepare you for your move that will help ease the transition into your new home.
Preparing a moving essentials kit will help make moving day a breeze. This handy kit will keep everything you may need on the move day close by so that you won’t be frantically searching for necessities while unpacking at your new place.
The last few times that I’ve moved, I’ve tried to keep all of the essentials packed together so that when I arrive at the new house, things feel less chaotic than they actually are. Having things like a phone charger, scissors and a toolkit handy will help you stay focused on unpacking and getting settled.
Every family is different, but here are some moving essentials that should be packed separately to make moving day a success!
Moving Day Essential #1: Clean Bedding and Pillows
One of the last things you’ll do before packing boxes into a truck is to strip your bed. If those linens are clean enough, pack them away separately. Then, when you arrive at your new home, you can make the bed.
It’s amazing what a freshly made bed can do to make a room feel settled instead of in chaos! You’ll also thank yourself at the end of an exhausting move-in day when you can crash on a clean bed without a problem.
Moving Day Essential #2: Cleaning Supplies
If you’re lucky enough to be able to have access to your new home before moving day, you can prep ahead by cleaning the new space. (Grab our free deep cleaning checklist to make sure you don’t miss one of those easily forgotten cleaning tasks.) But even if you are able to take care of the cleaning before moving day, having basic cleaning supplies on hand will come in handy. Expect dirt and dust to be tracked into your home along with the movers and your boxes. And with many moving parts, spills and unexpected messes are likely.
If you don’t have access to your new space before moving day, you have all the more reason to come prepared with essential cleaning supplies. You’ll want to complete a few basic cleaning tasks before placing your items throughout your home. Think about it: once that oversized loveseat is in place, how likely are you to move it to clean the floor and walls behind it?
With these basic cleaning supplies, you’ll be prepared for any moving situation:
- Dish soap
- Hand soap for each sink
- Paper towels
- An all-purpose cleaner
- A broom and a dustpan
- Dust clothes or rags
- Pro tip: At least one toilet paper roll for each bathroom!
Moving Day Essential #3: Toolkit & Flashlight
While you probably won’t be hanging pictures on the wall for a while, having a basic toolkit is a moving essential! If you disassembled any furniture to keep it safe during the move, you’ll have what you need to put it back together right away. Plus, you never know what you may need pliers or a hammer for, so it’s great to keep a small toolkit aside for moving day.
If you don’t have a small toolkit, it may even be worth purchasing a new one ahead of time. Save your receipt; if you don’t use it, you can always return it!
Moving Day Essential #4: Paper, Writing Utensils, Tape & Scissors
Thinking of labeling your rooms to help movers find where your boxes belong? You’ll need a Sharpie, some paper and tape for that.
Having friends or family help with unpacking? Direct them by labeling cabinets or drawing floor plans.
Worried you’re going to forget to tip your movers? Leave yourself a note!
These are just a few reasons you may want a pen and paper handy on moving day. You never know when you’ll need these items, so it’s best to come prepared.
Moving Day Essential #5: Phone Chargers and Bluetooth Speaker
Your phone battery may drain quickly on move-in day with calls you have to make or just from playing music while unpacking. Don’t forget to keep your charger handy so you can juice up! Also, having a Bluetooth speaker to play upbeat or soothing music can help keep the stress at bay.
Moving Day Essential #6: Snacks and Water
Moving is obviously physically hard work. Be sure to have snacks and bottled water on hand! If possible, put the water bottles in a fridge at the new home before you arrive so they are nice and cold! If that isn’t a possibility, pack a cooler full of ice with the waters in it.
Grab and go snacks like protein bars are great to have on hand. Apples, bananas and grapes also make great moving day snacks for their burst of energy!
Moving Day Essential #7: A Small Overnight Bag
One of the best ways to feel put together during a move is to pack a bag like you are staying overnight somewhere. Because let’s face it, that new home will feel like you’re staying overnight somewhere other than home! At least until some boxes are unpacked!
Plan ahead by leaving out a pair of pajamas, a change of clothes for the next day, plus your toiletry essentials like toothpaste, a toothbrush and your shower essentials. If your new home has a bathtub/shower combo, also try to leave out at least a clear shower curtain with rings so that you can actually shower. You’ll definitely want to wash up after a long day of moving!
To sum it up, pack the following personal essentials in an overnight bag for moving day:
- A pair of pajamas
- Clothes for the next day
- Daily medications
- A toothbrush and toothpaste
- Shower essentials (soap, shampoo, conditioner)
- Pro tip: A shower curtain
By following this moving essentials kit list, you should have everything you need while you’re unpacking, without having to go searching for things that are packed away!
The Perfect Housewarming Gift: A Moving Essentials Gift Box
If you’re not the one moving, you can be the coolest friend ever, and put together a moving essentials kit for someone else! The mover will likely pack their own moving essentials box, but you can be the one to help them settle into their new home with a few less practical and more personal moving day supplies.
Here are some quick ideas for putting together a moving essentials gift box! I like to pack this up in a sturdy wooden crate.
A lot of the practical items above would be super helpful in a gift kit, but this is an opportunity to have a little extra fun and personalize some items based on the person’s interests! Try putting a DIY touch to your gift, like these painted wooden spoons or DIY kitchen towels.
Something For the Home
Use this as an excuse for a little housewarming gift like a soy candle, a small plant or new home deco. These homey touches will go a long way.
For home decor, be sure you really know the person and their taste well! If they’ve mentioned wanting a houseplant or a letterboard, go for it. But if it’s for someone who you aren’t sure of their style tastes, it’s better to go with something generic.
Something For the Kitchen
Little touches for the kitchen like wooden spoons, a new dish towel or even a fun scented hand soap will make their new house feel like home much quicker!
If you know they love wine, grab a bottle and some new wine glasses for them. If they’re coffee lovers, grab a new coffee mug and bag of ground coffee. They’ll appreciate having a hot cup of coffee their first morning in their new home!
Something To Eat
This is one of my favorites! While moving, it’s often really difficult to cook the first few days in a new home. If you’re bringing someone a gift, why not bring them a meal, too? Here is a great list of meals and treats you can bring someone!
If you aren’t into cooking, a restaurant gift card will go a long way. A lot of grocery stores these days have pre-made meal kits that you can buy that are ready-made and just have to be heated up, too. You could also grab a bagged salad, loaf of bread and a rotisserie chicken from a grocery store to make a complete meal. No cooking skills required!