Moving Day Essentials Box Checklist

Posted by Moving Home Made Easy

There is so much to think about during the lead-up to a house move and being organised is key to ensuring things go as smoothly as possible on moving day. Often, one of the biggest tasks is packing and when you’re putting all of your belongings into boxes, it’s highly recommended that you create an ‘essentials box’. This box is something you’ll be very thankful for on moving day and it can prevent you from having to rummage through several boxes to find the things you need or unpack everything on the first night in your new home. 

If you’ve never heard of an essentials box before, keep reading today. Below we have looked into what an essentials box is and created a checklist of key items you should put into this box. 

What is an essentials box?

Simply put, an essentials box is a box that contains all of the essential items you’re going to need on moving day and the first night in your new home. You may also hear this box referred to as a ‘survival kit’. Often, homeowners will take their essentials box in their own car on moving day rather than loading it onto the removal van, so they can easily access it.

Whilst all homeowners will consider different items to be “essential”, there are a few things that almost everyone will want to have to hand when they get to their new home. It isn’t uncommon for people to put any items they’d prefer to look after themselves on moving day into their essentials box too. This can help to prevent concerns relating to important, expensive and sentimental items getting lost or damaged in transit. 

What should you put in your essentials box?

Usually, it’s recommended that you pack one essentials box for moving day. However, it can actually be helpful to have a box to keep in the kitchen in your new home and a small bag/suitcase to keep in the bedroom. You will likely need more than you think on the day of your move and some key items to put into this box and bag include; 


Essentials box

  • Kettle, tea bags, coffee and mugs
  • Plastic plates and cutlery 
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Rubbish bags 
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Basic tool kit
  • Light bulbs 
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet roll 
  • Hand soap
  • Pet food and accessories

Essentials bag

  • Pyjamas and a change of clothes for the whole family 
  • Bed linen
  • Towels
  • Toiletries like toothbrushes and shower gel
  • Everyday medications 
  • Phone chargers 
  • Any valuable or sentimental jewellery
  • Important documents like passports 
  • Laptops and tablets 
  • Children’s favourite teddies, blankets and toys 

Of course, you may also want to have a bottle of champagne or some cans of beer in your essentials box too, so you can celebrate the first night in your new home without having to find the time to go to a shop. 

Looking for removal companies in Kilmarnock? 

If you’re preparing for a house move and you’re searching for removal companies in Kilmarnock that offer a range of packing and moving services, don’t hesitate to contact us at Moving Home Made Easy. We have many years of experience assisting homeowners with local, national and international moves, and we know exactly how to ensure the moving process is as straightforward as possible. From start to finish, our team will do all they can to make your home move stress-free. 

Whether you just need a removal team to manage the collection, transportation and delivery of your belongings or you’re interested in a comprehensive packing service and you need to store some items in a storage facility, we can help. At Moving Home Made Easy, we provide a varied range of flexible, quality services and we can guide you through the whole moving process. You can find out more about how we can help you when you’re moving house on our website and our team is happy to answer any questions you may have too. So feel free to call us to discuss our Kilmarnock removal services in more detail.


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