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Your essentials box for moving should contain all the essentials you need to survive for several days. There is no doubt that relocating is stressful, exasperating and altogether extremely difficult. When you think about it, there are a number of ways to make your move simpler and more manageable. Even something as small as packing an essentials box can make a huge difference and your move a lot easier. It will help you get through the move and get your life back on track quickly and effortlessly.

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What is an essentials box?

Also known as a first night box or survival box, the essentials box is the most important moving box. It is a box that contains the items that you use on an everyday basis. It should have all the essentials you need on your moving day and what you need to start unpacking and settling into your new home after the relocation.

Thanks to your survival box, you will have easy access to everything necessary to prepare a good meal, take a refreshing shower, and have a good night’s sleep, both in your old house or in your new home. Your essentials box will help you survive in case you arrive at your new home before your belongings do. And even after your things are delivered, finding what you need for the first night in your new place might cause quite a hassle if your essentials are packed away in different boxes. This is why we have provided these 9 tips on how to prepare an essentials moving box.

1. How to prepare an essentials box

Your essentials box should contain the items you want to have access to at all times during the move and right after arriving at your new home. It should always be with you so that you have your essentials at hand during the trip and so you do not have to wait for the moving truck to arrive before you can do anything in your new home. However, you can’t possibly put all the items you are going to need for the last day before the relocation and the first few days in your new home in a single box and take it with you. Therefore, you are advised to prepare a survival box for moving full of indispensable lifesavers and several open first boxes that contain the basics for each room in your new home.

2. Packing your survival box

It is a good idea to pack one large survival box for the whole family that contains some items for basic hygiene, towels and a few other bathroom essentials, bed linens, plastic plates and utensils, snacks, drinks, medication, an emergency kit. You will also need some basic tools, pet items, and other necessities that will help you to provide basic meals, ensure proper hygiene, provide some entertainment options, and deal with minor emergencies during the relocation and immediately after you arrive in your new home.

In addition to the big family survival box, each family member should also have their box or bag of essentials where they will keep their personal documents, electronic devices, personal care items, prescription medicines and anything else they do not want to part with. Alternatively, you can pack one essentials box for you and your spouse, one for the kids, and another for the pets.

3. Packing open first boxes

The moving boxes that are to be opened first in a particular room should have the essentials which will allow you to make that room usable right after they arrive and will ease the unpacking of the other boxes. So, what you have to do is sort out your household belongings and set aside the basic ones for each room. When packing a first night box, make sure that it has everything you need to survive a few days and nights in your new home without the rest of your things. Everyone’s essentials will be different, so you need to make your own customized moving essentials box list when preparing for your upcoming relocation.

4. Kitchen essentials

You are going to need something to eat before you can go to bed and get your hard earned rest. The chances are that you will be too exhausted to go shopping or to go out to eat, so it is advisable to bring something nutritious and easy to prepare with you, along with the necessary dinnerware.

To be able to prepare a few basic meals after the move, you are going to need some healthy snacks and refreshing drinks for the trip to your new home as well as some refreshments you can partake in during the move to your new home. You will need to bring non-perishable food and healthy snacks as well as bottled water, tea bags, and a bag of ground coffee. You should also bring salt, pepper, sugar and any other spices you deem necessary. You will need some paper plates and plastic utensils, a few mugs and cups, a coffee maker or pot, an all-purpose cutting knife, a can and bottle opener, a toaster or a small toaster oven, paper towels and dish soap and dish towels.

5. Bedtime essentials

Nothing can be better than a good night’s sleep after the arduous moving process. To make sure that you sleep well on the first night in your new home, you are going to need a set of bed linen for each family member such as sheets, blankets, pillowcases, pillows, etc. You will also need comfortable nightwear, a change of clothes or two for every family member including extra socks and underwear, and an alarm clock.

6. Bathroom essentials

A hot shower is all you need after the strenuous moving day.

Taking a shower will be a priority after the long and tiresome move. It is only logical then that your bathroom items will be among the most important things to pack in your first-night box, these items should include toilet paper, hand soap, hand towels, shower gel, shampoo, hair conditioner, bath towels, a shower curtain, a bath mat, a hairdryer, personal care items, and preferred cosmetic products.

7. Medication

Having quick access to medication is very important when moving. Make sure you have yours and your family’s prescription medication, a first-aid kit, painkillers, allergy medicine and vitamins, eye care products, glasses or contact lens, contact lens solution and any other specialized medical items you or one of your family members needs on a daily basis.

8. Children’s essentials

If you have kids, you have to pack a box of child-specific essentials that will help you keep them safe and entertained throughout the move. Pack any specific kid items and all the necessary medication in your essentials box. Keep a change of clothes no hand at all times and make sure that you bring along some of your kids’ favorite snacks and beverages. Take some of your children’s favorite books, toys, travel games, and craft supplies to keep your kids occupied and happy during the trip to your new home and in the first days after the relocation when you will be busy unpacking, and they will not have any friends to play with.

9. Essentials for pets

Your pets are likely to be stressed and frightened during the relocation and the first days in unfamiliar surroundings. To ensure their comfort and provide them with some sense of security, you need to keep their things near them, adequate pet food, treats, food and water bowls, an appropriate pet carrier, bedding, leashes, collars, grooming items, clean-up bags, favorite toys and comfort items.

Now that you have read these 9 tips on how to prepare an essentials moving box we hope that you will be more prepared for your relocation. If you need the help of a professional and dependable moving company to help you with your relocation then why not hire Sunset Moving. We are a moving company that can help you to move to and from anywhere in the country. Contact our representatives to get a free moving quote and to schedule your moving date.


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