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Moving? What Should Be In Your Moving Essentials Box

The big move is looming directly ahead, and as you pack up everything around you, it’s vital to set certain items aside: your essentials. One of the best moving tips you can ever follow is to create an essentials box for each member of the house as you pack. So what is an essentials box, and what should it contain? Here are a few pointers.

1. Essential Health and Personal Supplies

You may be in the middle of moving, but you will still need specific health and personal supplies. Consider what you need every time you take a shower or get up and get prepared for the day. Think about health-related items you use regularly. Set aside a box containing these essential items to ensure they don't get packed up with everything else. A few things to consider: 

  • Shampoo, soap, and shower supplies

  • Medications and first aid supplies 

  • Deodorant

  • Contact lens supplies

  • Dental hygiene supplies

  • Hairstyling products 

  • Makeup 

2. Essentials from the Kitchen

For most people in the middle of a move, eating out every day won't be feasible, and you will need to do some cooking and food preparation in your kitchen the days before the move. So, do yourself a favor and create a meal plan; you may even want to gather some simple moving recipes to use to simplify meal prep and know what you need to keep aside.

With your meal plan in place, set aside ingredients you don't want to pack, along with the cookware you may need for preparation. Essentials to consider from the kitchen: 

  • Enough dishes for everyone to use during a meal 

  • Flatware for everyone to use during a meal 

  • A cup for each person in the house 

  • Potholders, dishcloths, and towels 

  • Small appliances, such as your coffee maker 

The same holds for when you arrive at your new home. The essential kitchen supplies box will be an advantage when you arrive in your new home. Instead of having to unpack everything immediately, you will have some necessary items readily available.

3. Essential Everyday Items

We all have items we use every day, from articles of clothing to phone charging cables. About a week before the move, give a box to each person in the house so they can set aside the essentials they will need until the move is complete. Try to keep the number of items at a minimum. For example, maybe you can settle with three pairs of socks and three t-shirts instead of seven and wash a load of laundry mid-week. 

A few essentials to consider for your everyday items box: 

  • Towels 

  • Clothing, outerwear, and undergarments 

  • Electronics accessories, such as earbuds and chargers 

  • Sunglasses, belts, hairpins, and other accessories 

  • Favorite to-go cups 

  • Shoes

Note - Don't Forget Your Pets!

If you have pets, they too will have items that need to be accessible during the move. Create an essential box to make sure you have everything they need in the days leading up to the move, such as food, treats, litter, leashes, and medicines. Here are a few tips from the ASPCA on moving with pets that you may want to read over as well. 

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