The Most Important Box: Moving Day Survival Kit

The Most Important Box: Moving Day Survival Kit

When moving day arrives, you will have many tasks to complete. Your brain may be working in overdrive and feel pulled in several directions. To help calm the chaos of moving day, pack a Moving Day Survival Kit a week before you move. 

What is a Moving Day Survival Kit? 

It’s a box, bin, or suitcase full of items you will need last at your old home and first at your new home. After all boxes are moved out of your old home, there will be a few last-minute tasks you will need to complete, like cleaning. A Moving Day Survival Kit will be your last box on the moving truck. I always tell the movers to load this box last, so it is the first box to come off the truck at our new house.

It will also be the first box unloaded off of the moving truck. It can become chaotic when boxes are initially taken off the moving truck. So, having your Moving Day Survival Kit and labeling it “Open First” will save you time on your first day at your new home. With your Moving Day Survival Kit, you won’t be looking around for things like linens, meal prep items, or toiletries– items you typically use on your first day or night at your new home.

What do I put in a kit?

Moving Day Survival Kit differs from a Do Not Move Box, where you keep valuables and essential documents. A Moving Day Survival Kit is full of things needed on the first few days at your new home- the essentials you can have to avoid multiple last-minute trips to the store.

Each household’s Moving Day Survival Kit will look different based on your needs. Below is a list of items categorized by room that we’ve used for our moves. I can’t tell you how many last-minute trips we avoided by having these items on hand, in the first box, unloaded from the moving truck. This kit saved us so much time and money.

Over the years, our Moving Day Survival Kits have included the following items at some point.


For the Kitchen

  • Bottled water
  • Cups
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Towels
  • Paper Towels
  • Plates
  • Pot
  • Skillet
  • Snacks
  • Spatula
  • Sponges
  • Trash Can Liners
  • Utensils
  • Wooden Spoon

For the Bathroom

  • Bath Towels
  • Cleaning Rags
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Facial Tissues
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toiletries
bed with plants and decor

For the Bedroom

  • Bedding
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Outfit for Each Person for 3 Days
desk with a computer on it

For the Office

  • Computer Accessories needed for work-related tasks
  • Computer Charger
  • Markers
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Planner
kid's play area

For the Kids

  • Bibs
  • Blanket or Lovey
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Books
  • Diapering Supplies
  • Games
  • Sippy Cup
  • Toilet Seat Cover
moving boxes

For the Moving Tasks

  • Box Cutter
  • Door Stopper
  • Drill
  • Masking Tape
  • Moving Binder
  • Standard Tool Kit
  • Stud Finder
  • Tape Measure

Save yourself time, energy, and money, and put together a Moving Day Survival Kit for your family to keep things simple those first few days in your new home. If you’re looking for moving supplies, check out the Move Mama Move Amazon Storefront for a list of items that I’ve used and loved for moving.

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Moving Day Survival Kit

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