After years of saving, Mel finally had enough money for a down payment on a new home. She placed an offer and hoped the buyers would accept it. When her realtor called and said her offer had been accepted, Mel jumped for joy. She soon packed up her belongings and moved into this new house.
But during the first day in her home, she realized that she needed a few items to stay comfortable. Unfortunately, she didn’t know which boxes these basic necessities were in. As a result, she spent hours unpacking boxes and suitcases to find a toothbrush and her pajamas.
If you’re preparing to move into a new home, don’t follow in Mel’s footsteps. Instead, make your move less stressful and build your own moving day survival kit. This kit contains basic essentials you need to make it through your first night with minimal stress.
Simply purchase a clear plastic tub or two and pack the following items inside. And don’t forget to place your survival kit in an easily accessible area of your new home so you can get to it whenever you need it.
Whether you move into your new home first thing in the morning or in the early evening, one thing’s for sure: you’ll want a comfy place to sleep at night.
Pack a set of clean bedding in your survival kit, including:
- Sheets (flat and fitted)
- Pillows and pillow cases
- Light blankets
To save room in your kit for other items, fold your sheets and light blankets and store them inside your pillows. Then, you’ll only have to grab the pillows and set them on top of your kit.
If you don’t have a mattress to sleep on in your new home, remember to purchase an air mattress (with an automatic pump) and bring this item with you as well.
After a long day of lugging boxes between the moving truck and your house, you’d probably enjoy a refreshing shower. But you won’t be able to spritz off if you can’t find your toiletries.
Make sure to include the following items in your survival kit:
- Shower curtain
- Small bath mat
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Soap or body wash
- Toothbrush & Paste
To save space inside your kit, visit your local drugstore and purchase travel-sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. You’ll also want to pack a roll of toilet paper for your bathroom.
3. Cleaning Supplies
You may arrive in your new home to find that it needs a quick cleaning. Add cleaning supplies to your survival kit so you can wipe down a few surfaces and sweep the floors. Consider cleaning supplies such as:
- Small broom and dustpan
- Paper towels and rags
- Multipurpose cleaner
- Dish soap and sponge
If you prefer to avoid using chemical cleaners on your surfaces, mix the following ingredients to make an all-natural disinfectant spray:
- One gallon warm water (Put water in first so the vinegar and baking soda don’t foam out.)
- Half a cup baking soda
- Half a cup of vinegar
- Two tablespoons dish soap
Mix these ingredients together in a bucket and divide the liquid into a few empty spray bottles. Shake each bottle before use.
4. Disposable Dishes
You’ll want to spend more time organizing your new home than cleaning up after mealtimes, so bring disposable dishes with you. Once you finish eating, you can throw these items in the garbage for easy cleanup. Include disposable plates and silverware in your survival kit, as well as napkins or paper towels.
To put your disposable dishes to good use, make meal arrangements before you move into your home. You could ask friends to bring you dinner on your first night or order take out from your favorite restaurant.
5. Spare Clothing
You won’t have time to unpack and organize all of your belongings during the first night in your new home. But if you pack a few sets of spare clothes in your survival kit, you’ll at least have something to wear for a day or two after the move.
Include spare clothing such as:
If you have to work the morning after your move, don’t forget to include a spare suit or work outfit. Rather than fold your attire and place it in your survival kit, place the ensemble in a garment bag and hang it next to your bed.
6. Electronics Chargers
Remember to charge your electronics the night before you move. But to stay on the safe side, pack the chargers for the following electronics inside your survival box:
- Cell phone
You can also place each charger in a separate, labeled sandwich bag so you don’t forget which charger belongs to which device.
You may also want to include a few doses of over-the-counter medications in your kit. These medications could include:
- Allergy medications
If you take prescription medication each day, include a few doses of each prescription in your survival kit as well.
As you prepare for your next move, remember to create your own survival kit. Include the items listed above, and don’t forget to customize your kit to your specific needs. For more moving tips, check out the rest of our blog!