Moving day is hectic, to put it mildly, and the last thing you want is for important items — like your wallet, cell phone charger or your kid’s favorite blankie (imagine the tears!) — to be boxed, loaded and driven away in the moving truck. To help you avoid such pitfalls, we’ve devised a list of essentials you’ll need on moving day, plus additional must-haves you’ll want the second you arrive at your new home. Pack them all in your last box (or two!).
For the New Place
Lightbulbs & Flashlight
To ensure you don’t get stuck moving in the dark.
To round up those pesky packing peanuts.
To reassemble furniture.
Extension Cords & Batteries
To get power where you need it in your new home.
Cleaning Supplies & Paper Towels
To give the bathroom and kitchen a quick cleanup as soon as you arrive.
To cover your bases, pack a roll of each — Scotch, duct, masking, etc.
Scissors or Box Cutters
To open boxes.
Pen & Paper
To jot quick notes.
So you don’t get stuck without a roll.
Shower Liner and Rings
So you can clean up and feel human again.
So you don’t have to dig through boxes in the buff.
So you have everything you need — soap, razor and shampoo — to clean up.
So you don’t have to sleep on a bare, fresh-off-the truck mattress.
So you remain alert. Bring a coffee pot or tea kettle, and be sure to pack instant coffee (or tea), plus single-serving creamers and sugars.
Bottle Opener & Corkscrew
So you can make your first toast in your new home.
So you have enough food to last until you locate the pots-and-pans box.
So you don’t have to unpack and wash dishes, pack plastic or disposable plates, cups and utensils.
So you’re covered in the unlikely case of a moving accident!
For Your Family
Curtain or Makeshift Shade
Don’t let the sun’s first rays wake your exhausted family.
Beloved Toys or Books
Don’t leave a blanky, binky or lovey behind!
Pack Fluffy’s bowl, leash, essential toys and at least a day’s worth of food.
Camera & Charger
Start snapping new memories instantly!
PLUS: What Not To Pack
Keep these items off the truck and close to you on moving day:
Important documents (e.g., passports, marriage license, birth certificates, any records containing bank account information or Social Security numbers, and any other legal documents)
Phone and charger
Laptop and charger
A change of clothes (one for each member of your household)
Snacks and water (for kids and pets)
A child’s special toy or blanket (if they can’t bear to pack it)
Credit and ATM cards
Any other valuables, heirlooms or irreplaceable items