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CHECKLIST: Your Last Box

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.


Garbage Bags

To round up those pesky packing peanuts.


Basic Tools

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.


For You


Toilet Paper

So you don’t get stuck without a roll.


Shower Liner and Rings

So you can clean up and feel human again.


Bath Towels

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.


Coffee Supplies

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.


First-Aid Kit

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!


Pet Supplies

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)


Tape measure



Credit and ATM cards


Any other valuables, heirlooms or irreplaceable items

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