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Moving day is always a mix of excitement and stress. Whether you’re relocating a few blocks away or crossing state lines, packing up and transporting your belongings can feel overwhelming. Adding kids or pets into the mix can heighten the chaos.

However, with some foresight and preparation, you can ensure that moving day goes as smoothly as possible. Creating a moving day survival kit is one of the most effective ways to stay organized (and maintain your sanity). Use our tips to help guide you through assembling the essentials for a successful move!

Make a Moving Survival Checklist

The first step in preparing a moving-day survival kit is to make a checklist. Think about personal and household items you’ll need on moving day, your first night, and the following morning in your new home.

Everyone’s needs are slightly different depending on your household size, who’s moving, and the home you’re moving into. Your personalized survival kit checklist will help ensure you don’t forget any “must-have” essentials amidst the flurry of packing and moving.

Related: Download Priority Moving’s Free Moving Checklist

Moving Day Must-Haves

couple packing their car with fragile items and their moving day and overnight bag

When your checklist is complete, start packing your moving day survival kit at least 2-3 days before the big move. Pack and clearly label moving essentials and keep them in a designated spot separated from other moving boxes. Plan to transport your moving day survival kit items with you rather than with the moving company so you can keep tabs on them.

Here are suggested moving survival essentials to pack and set aside.

Moving Day Bag

Your moving day bag should contain the crucial items you’ll need throughout the day:

  • Phone numbers and contacts: Keep a list of important phone numbers, including the moving company, your real estate agent, and new utility providers.
  • Chargers: Ensure you have chargers for all electronic devices.
  • Cell phone & computer: These devices are essential for communication and navigation.
  • Important documents: Gather essential documents like IDs, moving contracts, lease agreements, and medical records.

Overnight Bag

Pack a personal overnight bag with everything you’ll need for your first night in your new home:

  • Change of clothes: Bring at least one complete change of clothes for each family member.
  • Medications: Keep all necessary medications easily accessible.
  • Toiletries: Pack toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other personal hygiene items.

Bed & Bath Essentials Box

To ensure you can settle in comfortably, pack a box with bed and bath essentials:

  • Bed linens & pillows: Include sheets, blankets, and pillows to set up beds for the night.
  • Towels: Pack a few towels for showers and washing up.
  • Soap & toilet paper: Remember to pack along these basic necessities.
  • First aid kit: Have a small first aid kit on hand for any minor injuries or emergencies.

Kitchen Essentials Box

Your first meal in your new home doesn’t have to be chaotic if you plan ahead:

  • Paper plates & plastic utensils: Bring disposables to avoid unpacking kitchen items right away.
  • Mugs & cups:  For coffee, tea, and other beverages.
  • Paper towels: These are convenient for clean-ups.
  • Bottled water: Stay hydrated while moving and settling in.
  • Coffee, tea & breakfast supplies: Start the next day on the right foot. Include a kettle or coffee maker.

Kid Comfort Bag

If you’re moving with kids, pack a bag with items to keep them entertained and comfortable:

  • Toys & games: Familiar toys can provide comfort and distraction.
  • Device with downloaded games & movies: Ensure you have entertainment options that don’t require internet access.
  • Books: A few favorite books can help keep kids occupied during downtime.
  • Crayons & coloring books: Encourage creativity with a few art supplies.
  • Favorite blanket or pillow: Provide a soft and cozy item your kiddo can cuddle with in a quiet corner.

Pet Care Bag

Moving can be stressful for pets, so ensure you have everything they need to stay calm and comfortable:

  • Food & treats: Bring enough food and some treats for your pets.
  • Food bowls: Don’t forget their bowls for feeding.
  • Leashes: Keep leashes handy for dogs or other pets that need them.
  • Medications: Keep any medications your pets need easily accessible. (Talk to your vet about anti-anxiety options to help your pet through moving day.)

Tool Bag

A few basic tools can be helpful for small repairs or disassembling/setting up furniture when moving:

  • Hand tools: Pack a hammer, screwdriver, and other basic hand tools.
  • Utility knife & scissors: These are useful for opening boxes and cutting packing materials.
  • Duct tape: Handy for quick fixes.
  • Flashlight: Essential for unexpected power outages or dark corners.

Prepare Early for an Easier Move

family and dog getting ready to move

A well-prepared moving day survival kit can make all the difference between a chaotic move and a smooth transition. By organizing and packing your essentials in advance and keeping them easily accessible, you’ll be able to handle the challenges of moving day with greater ease and less stress.

Remember, the key to a successful move is preparation, so take the time to create your survival kit and keep your eyes on the prize: settling into your new home!

Let Priority Moving Take Care of the Big Stuff

A professional moving company can help take additional stress out of moving. Priority Moving will pack, transport, and unpack your household, ensuring a safe and timely move. Our skilled team of licensed professional movers provides reliable, personable service. We have moved Oregon households of all sizes for almost two decades and are recognized as a top-rated moving company.

Contact us for a free moving estimate, or book your move today. Questions? Call 503-544-7972. We’re here to help!