If you have already read a couple of articles on effective moving and packing, you may have learned about the essentials box, open-first box or a first night box. All these terms describe a magical box that simplifies your moving day and a couple of days after moving into a new house.

Basically, you have to prepare a moving day survival kit before the moving day. This box contains all the items you need and use on a daily basis, such as towels, clean underwear, toiletries, and of course some snacks. It’s the last box that you pack before the moving day.

However, if you are moving with the whole family, you should not think that it’s possible to fit everything into one box, so you may need to prepare a few survival kits. For example, you can create an essentials box for each family member or put different items into different boxes, such as toiletries, medicine, clothes, snacks, etc.

What to pack to essentials box?

If you have never moved before or you have never prepared an essentials box, you might feel confused and uncertain what it should contain. At Call The Movers we helped many people to pack and relocate to new homes, so we aware what items should be included in a moving day survival kits:

  • medicine and first aid kit,
  • toilet paper,
  • toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand soap, face cream, toothbrush or
  • other products you cannot live without),
  • unopened all-purpose cleaner,
  • a dishtowel and a dishcloth,
  • cup, plate, cutlery per person,
  • kettle,
  • coffee and tea,
  • sugar,
  • bottled water,
  • basic tools (screwdriver, drill, hammer),
  • masking or PVC tape,
  • scissors,
  • utility knife,
  • torch,
  • bed linen,
  • clean clothes and underwear,
  • bin bags,
  • snacks and ingredients for a quick meal,
  • documents and paperwork for move day,
  • electronics (laptop, iPad, eReader, etc.),
  • telephone,
  • chargers,
  • toys or books for children,
  • foods and toys for a pet.

There’s no doubt that you have to pack light. Moving day survival kit is supposed to fit into your car. So, if you are moving with the whole family, you should set some limits on how much stuff everyone can bring.

When packing the essentials box, you should have in mind that this box should include things that you will need on the first days at your new home. In this case, you won’t need to wait for the movers to unload your inventory as soon as you step into your house. Once your inventory arrives, you will be able to unpack everything without rush or a huge necessity to find something you need on a daily basis. More great advices for moving tips can be found here.