When you pack everything for your household move, you’ll want to keep a few essential items out of your moving cartons and transport them to your new home yourself. Packing an essentials box ensures you have the basics once you get to your new home.
Here are five things that you should consider putting in your essentials box.
You’ll probably pack most of your clothes in boxes. However, you should leave out a couple of outfits.
In most cases, your moving truck won’t arrive precisely when you do. So you might need a few things you can wear until your other things are delivered.
Plan your attire based on the activity. If you don’t have to work immediately, keep the clothes simple and comfortable for unpacking.
2. Basic Toiletries
When you travel, you probably bring a handful of basic toiletries. But, unlike a hotel, your new house won’t have some of the basics you need, like toilet paper, soap, and towels.
If you don’t have a lot of space in your essentials box, consider getting travel-size bottles of shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, and similar items. If you have kids, don’t forget the wipes.
Focus on the toiletries that you need for the first few days. After that, you can get the rest at the store or wait for your other boxes to arrive.
3. Regular Medicine
If you or your family members take medicine regularly, you should bring it with you. Typically, you’ll pack the full bottles in the essentials box.
Generally, you shouldn’t pack prescription medications with your regular moving load. This is because the moving company might not be able to guarantee the right environment for them.
If you don’t take medicine regularly, throwing a few over-the-counter meds in your box is not a bad idea. That way, you’re not making a late-night trip to the store for ibuprofen.
4. Small Tools and Cleaning Supplies
Ideally, your new home will be in good, clean condition. But unfortunately, in practice, this isn’t always the case.
There’s a possibility that you will need to do some cleaning the day you arrive. And you may need to make a few basic repairs. You’ll probably go to the store at some point, but it’s best if you don’t have to go immediately.
Add simple tools, like a screwdriver and hammer, to your box. Put in a few basic cleaning supplies, like antibacterial wipes, dish soap, and sponges.
5. First Aid Kit
No one expects an injury during a move, but things can happen. For example, when you move a lot of boxes and bags, there’s a risk you will get a scratch or a scrape. So you’ll need a first-aid kit.
It’s more practical to focus on injury, not illness. So make sure you have the things to handle most minor scrapes, like bandages, gauze pads, and ointment. If you’re relocating to a place with many insects, consider a can of bug repellent.
Even if you don’t have a lot of room, put in a small first aid kit. Band-Aids and wipes are better than nothing.
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Making an essentials box will help to ensure you have what you need when you get to your new home. For more information about having a successful move, contact us for a free quote.