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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Author: Erin Steed

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Unpacking Moving Essentials KitWhen you use Meathead Movers and Princess Packers for your packing and moving needs, you can be assured your experience will be as stress-free as a move can be. You won't be left waiting in an empty home wondering if and when (and in what condition) your belongings will arrive in. However, that's not to say you will have the time or energy to immediately unpack the first night in your new home. That's why we recommend creating an essentials kit that you keep with you, and not on the moving truck. It will make the transition that much easier, and you'll thank us when you are pulling out your PJs and maybe even treating yourself to a drink from the Meathead Mixology archives instead of unpacking boxes in search of your glasses! 

Start packing your kit well ahead of time. It doesn't include any perishable items, so taking your time will make this task much more manageable. The only things you should have to throw in at the last minute will be things you use daily (glasses, medicines). However, if you are able to get duplicates of even these items, you can use the essentials kit after the move as an emergency kit. It's smart to have one of those both at the office and in your car. 

Moving Essentials KitContainer:

Choose a container that will stand out from all the moving boxes. We like Rubbermaid totes in bright colors. Select one that is made from transparent, not opaque, plastic so that you can easily see the contents. Make sure to get a size adequate for your needs: obviously, a family of four will need a much larger size than a bachelor and his dog (if you have a large family and pets, you might want to do two kits.) Organize.com is a great source, or you can head to your local hardware store or Target. It doesn't necessarily need a label, because you can easily see the contents, but if you do label it, make sure to write on a piece of duct tape with a Sharpie, so that if you repurpose the container later on, you can quickly change the label with no messy crossing out of the old writing.


You'll want to pack like you are going on an overnight trip. Include basic toiletries, as well as a roll of bath tissue, any needed prescription medication, and a bath towel. Pack pajamas and a comfortable outfit for the next day. This will ensure you start your unpack day fresh, and not frustrated, looking for your clothes. If you have room, it's nice to include a book, deck of cards or an iPad, since you may not have cable/internet set up yet. Other things stock your kit with are snacks like granola bars and nuts, Clorox Wipes to disinfect/tidy any surfaces in your new home and cell phone chargers.


If you are also moving with children and/or pets, you'll want to add a couple items to accommodate their needs.

  • Pets: Add a Ziploc bag with a two day supply of their dry food. Stress may upset their systems, so we recommend just the dry food during the move. Don't forget disposable plastic bowls (one for food, one for water). It's also a good idea to put an old towel in your pet's sleeping area a couple months before you move, so it becomes familiar and picks up both their scent and that of "home." Pack that in your kit, and when you arrive at the new home, put that towel with their bed for comfort.  
  • Children: In addition to the basics mentioned above, you'll want to pack extras to help your little ones with the transition. If you have a baby, his/her normal diaper bag should have most of the basics, so that's easy. For toddlers and up, here is what else to pack:
  • Blankie/Binky . . . whatever you call it, you know what we're talking about. Avoid a meltdown by making sure their comfort blanket is readily accessible.  
  • A favorite stuffed animal or doll. 
  • Nightlights. You'll want one for their room(s), as well as a couple for the hallways and bathrooms of the new home. In case of bad dreams, you don't want to make sure the kids can navigate their way to Mom and Dad's room with no falls.  
  • If your kids are older and are having a hard time leaving their friends, a picture of them with their friends (bonus points if you get their friends to write notes or sign the picture) is a nice touch. 

Above and beyond:

Since you are prepping this kit in the calm weeks before the bustle of Moving Week, you can even go the extra mile and spend a few minutes online to see what restaurants offer takeout or delivery in your new area. Print out their menus, and when you are in your new home, you won't even have to think about dinner! Another nice touch is to pack your favorite scented candle and a lighter. Our General Manager says that "Leaves" from Bath and Body Works smells just like a model home, and we agree! It's only in store in the fall, so you may want to stock up now!

Once your kit is packed, you are well on your way to having your best move yet! If you have any questions or need help finding items for your kits, you can always call our Moving Concierge!  We're here seven days a week, and are happy to share our 14 years of packing and moving experience with you. You may also find our moving checklist useful, a step-by-step three week breakdown that will help you get ready for your move. Don't forget to come back to this blog for more moving and packing tips, and if you'd like a specific issue addressed, please leave us a comment and we'll be happy to do that.

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