28 Jun


Cassidy's Moving and Storage

What You Need In Your Moving Day Survival Kit

Updated for 2017

It’s been weeks in the making, but the day is finally here: you’re moving into your new home.

There are things you should have in an easy-to-access suitcase or box that stays with you throughout the moving process. It’s the last thing to be packed and the first thing you should open when you reach your new home. These are the essentials for your moving day survival kit.

1. Documents

Moving often requires a lot of paperwork, and you don’t want to spend precious time scrounging through boxes looking for your moving contract or other homeowner paperwork if there’s an emergency. Keep any documents you need with your moving day survival kit, so they are easily accessible.

Moving Day Tip: Keeping track of documents is just one of the many things you have to handle. We understand that in the lead-up to moving day, there’s a lot you need to know and remember, to figure out and calculate. We’ve been planning moves since 1908, and have collected resources you can use to help make your move as smooth as possible.

2. Change of Clothes

Depending on how many boxes and suitcases you have and how well they are labelled, finding your clothes during moving day madness may not be possible. That’s why your moving day survival kit should have at least one change of clothes for every person in your family, if not two.

3. Valuables

For peace of mind, keep all of your valuables with you when you move. Whether it’s jewelry, important documents, or something more sentimental, you’ll feel better knowing where your valuables are at all times.

4. Toilet Paper

If you bring nothing else, make sure to have toilet paper at hand on your moving day. We don’t think we have to explain why this is so important.

5. Toiletries

There are some basic toiletries that everyone should have in their moving day survival kit. Toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, body soap, and face wash is must. If you have extra products or steps in your nighttime and morning routine, don’t forget to pack for them accordingly.

Remember: You’re going to need towels pretty early on during the moving process. Keep that box or suitcase labelled and within reach so that you can have them when you need them.

6. Aspirin and Other Health Products

Working with us will make the process smoother than moving alone, but we’re big advocates on being prepared for any situation. That’s why we recommend having basic health products, like aspirin, in your moving day survival kit.

If you or someone in your family is taking prescription medications or require additional health products, these are a necessity for your moving day survival kit. The last thing you want is to run into an emergency and not be able to find what you need.

Moving Day Tip: Pack a stocked first-aid kit in your moving day survival kit. We’d rather you not need it, but guarantee you’ll feel better having it.

7. Electronic Chargers

When you get to your new home, one of the first things you’ll want to do is start charging your phone and any other electronics you can’t live without. If you are a family with a lot of electronics, add a power bar to your list of essentials.

8. Tools

Whether you are especially handy or not, there is no doubt that before the day is done you will have to put something back together. When that moment arrives, you want to be prepared and have your tools at the ready.

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9. Cleaning Supplies

With any luck, your home’s previous owners will have done some cleaning for you. Just in case, here are a few examples of cleaning tools you should have.

  • Paper Towels
  • Cleaning Spray
  • A toilet brush
  • A toilet plunger

Remember: If you are moving, chances are someone is moving into your old home soon. A clean home free of garbage is a nice housewarming gift.

10. Eating Essentials

During your moving day you are going to be busy, with no time to think about food. But everyone has to eat. With this in mind, there are a few things we recommend keeping close by.

Bottled Water and Snacks – If the water is not turned on in your new home, or if you aren’t close to a grocery store, pre-pack some bottled water and light snacks for your family to chow down on. Trust us; moving takes a lot of energy, and you are going to get hungry.

Dishes and Cooking Utensils – While most of your dishes and cookware will be safely packed away, you’ll want a few odds and ends that you can easily pull out and use. This includes a couple plates, some forks, and one or two cups.

Moving Day Tip: Takeout is made for situations like moving day. Don’t worry about doing any major meal prep; instead, order in and focus on other moving tasks.

Breakfast Basics – You have the option of going out to that great brunch place a few blocks away, but it’s nice to have some food in the house too. Is there a breakfast your family loves and is simple to make? Purchase the ingredients before you move, and take them with you. This could be as simple as eggs, milk and bread. Not only will you have started the kitchen stocking process, but you’ll be able to have a homemade breakfast on your first official day in your new home.

Moving Day Tip: Are you a coffee addict or a tea lover? If there is something you can’t live without in the mornings, pack the corresponding ingredients and appliances with your moving day survival kit and save yourself some frantic scrambling and a detour to the nearest coffee shop.

11. Bedtime Supplies

After such a big day, you’re going to want to get a good night’s sleep in your own bed. Once you’ve put your bed back together, make sure you have some bedtime essentials ready to go.

Fresh Bedding – You’ve got the bed, now you need the bedding. Instead of packing it with all of your other bedroom things, have a set of sheets and pillows for each bed in their own labelled boxes. You’ll be able to find them quickly, and go to sleep even sooner.

Pajamas – Sometimes we get so concerned with making sure we have enough clean shirts that we forget to think about what we’re going to wear at night. Make sure each person has a pair of pajamas.

12. Kids’ Toys and Games

If you are moving house with kids, you’ve probably realized that they aren’t as into the whole packing and moving and unpacking thing as you are. We have some tips on how to make the experience a little easier for everyone. Keeping them happy on moving day can be a breeze with just a few things in your moving day survival kit.

Games and movies – Pack board games and a portable DVD player (or a tablet) so that when your kids start to get bored with the bubble wrap, you have something else to entertain them with.

Favourite Toys – Depending on the age of the kids, they are going to want their favourite toy. This could be a plush doll, an action figure, or a blanket. Whatever it is, you know it is important to them. Keeping their favourite toys with them will give them some sense of calm and help minimize their stress about the situation, which will in turn minimize your stress.

There’s is no denying that moving is a big deal and a big process, but it’s one you don’t have to do on your own. We’ll move your belongings professionally and with extreme care. We also offer packing services and storage options if you need the extra help.

Do you have more questions about moving? We have the answers. Call 613-836-4225 to ask about what services we offer.

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