Boxing clever: packing a moving day survival kit

You can make your home move a whole lot more comfortable by creating your very own survival kit.

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Even the most organised and experienced movers among us will often be caught out  when we  move into our new home, confronted with 50 boxes and unable to remember which one the kettle is in.

Rather than wasting time and effort rummaging through each and every box, it’s a good idea to put an essentials kit together at the very start of your packing, containing items that you will need in the first 24 or so.

And you should keep this with you as you move, rather than sending it off with the rest of your belongings.

Equipping your essentials kit

From food and utensils to toilet paper and bedding, think about exactly what you will be doing and will need for the first day and night, and pack accordingly.

We’ve created the ultimate essentials box to get you started:

Food and food related items

  • Snacks – including non-perishable, canned or packet food (you can add some fresh produce such as fruit on the day you move)
  • Easy dinner – many of us will have a takeaway the first night we move in, but if that’s not you, foods such as dry pasta and a jar of pasta sauce can be a perfect, easy, first-night dinner
  • Cereal for the morning
  • Tea bags, coffee, sugar, long-life milk
  • Can openers
  • Knives, forks and spoons

It’s a good idea to put an essentials box together at the very start of your packing

  • Plates, bowls and mugs 
  • Paper towels, dish cloths, tea towels
  • Kettle

Toiletries/bathroom essentials and personal items

  • Soap, towels, wipes, toilet paper
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant
  • Pyjamas/nightwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Pillows, duvets and bed linen

Everything else

  • Baby supplies
  • Pet food
  • Phone and laptop chargers
  • First aid kit and any essential medication
  • Essential tool box – especially handy if you are going to be assembling furniture.

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