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Moving Tips: Essentials Kit
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Long distance moves might take as long as two weeks. This is why it’s important to pack an essential kit-boxes that contain the items you and your family will need right away when you arrive at your new home.

Use this handy guide for packing your essentials kit, so you’ll have everything on hand you need to relax during your move.

Identify first, pack last

The process of packing your home doesn’t happen overnight. As you’re packing, make a list of your personal essentials that you can’t be without for a few weeks-and make sure you pack these essentials last, so you know right where they are when the movers arrive.

Items to include

  • Bathroom: Soap, toilet paper, emergency medical kit, shampoo, conditioner, shower curtain, toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Kitchen: Quick food (unopened) like peanut butter and bread, snacks and beverages, toaster, instant coffee, dish soap, paper plates and plastic cups (or one table setting for each family member), pet food and dishes, trash bags
  • Bedrooms: Pillow, blanket, towel, and change of clothing for each family member
  • General: Flashlights (or candles and matches), emergency road kit, radio, scissors or utility knife, portable tool kit, all-purpose cleaner, important records and paperwork

Create a personal kit for everyone

In addition to household essentials, let each family member pack a personal essentials box for the move. If you have young children, you can help them decide which items they really need, and which ones can wait until everything is unpacked.

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