Moving Tips: Essentials Box

August 3rd, 2016

If this is not the first time you move, then you know how hectic it can get the first night in the new house. It requires detailed preparation to ensure you have all the essentials you need without having to dig through all your boxes. Prior to any big trip or move it is crucial to have an essentials box, complete with every important item you think you may need to get through that final night in the old house and the first night in the new home.

With that in mind, the essentials box will be the last thing you have to pack before moving. Even if it’s the last box you pack, keep in mind to pick out the important items as you pack the rest of the house. It should include anything and everything that you believe will get your family through the first night.

The essentials box will be even more important if you are moving to a different city or state. The longer the trip, the higher the chances of running into delays and you may need supplies for up to a week.

The majority of people prefer to pack an essentials box for each room but some also opt for a box with the essentials to get through the day and a personal one for each member of the family that travels with the them in the car or on the flight.

Items to Pack in the Essentials Box

  • Bathroom essentials (toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush)
  • Paper towels
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Dish-washing soap
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Toaster or toaster oven
  • Coffee pot or maker and coffee
  • Pasta and a can of pasta sauce or easy food items to prepare for dinner and lunch
  • Food for your pets and their dishes
  • Important documents (medical, passports, home documents, financial information, etc..)
  • Utility knife or scissors to open boxes
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight, candles, and matches
  • Garbage bags
  • Small tool kit

If you stick to this list and prepare ahead of time, your risks of anything going wrong won’t be reduced by much, but you will certainly be ready for any obstacle that you may face. The essentials box is must before moving and it will give you the peace of mind while you travel.