personal moving day kit

What to Put in Your Personal Moving Day Kit

In all the commotion of packing and moving, it’s easy to forget that there are certain things you’ll need on the day of the move. To make sure you have everything, it helps to create a personal kit for moving day.

Most of these items will fit in a suitcase or in a few labelled boxes you set aside. You can keep these things with you in your car, or in case of the boxes, ask your movers to load them last so they’re the first things out of the truck.

It helps to make a checklist of these items in advance, so you can know at a glance if you’ve packed all the items you need. Here are some suggestions for your personal kit from our friends at Cassidy’s Movers Ottawa.

1. Moving Paperwork

Be sure to have your moving contract, inventory, and any other essential documents on hand.

Also keep the keys to your new home’ll need to let your movers in.

2. Appropriate Clothing

Depending on the season, you’ll want to dress warmly, dress for heat, or dress in layers.

Don’t forget to have appropriate outerwear on hand, including an umbrella/raincoat if the forecast calls for rain.

3. Essential Health Items

If you’re taking prescription medication or have a vitamin regimen, it helps to have your day’s supply on hand.

4. Chargers for Your Phone and Tablet

The last thing you want is for your phone to go dead on you while you’re in transit. Ensure your charging cable and adapter stay with you, and be sure to plug it in the night before.

5. Snacks and Bottled Water

Even though your movers are doing the heavy lifting, moving can take time if you’re travelling. Be sure to have a healthy snack packaged and ready, plus a bottle of water or two.

6. Anything Your Kids or Pets Need

Moving can be confusing for small kids or pets. You can make it easier on them by ensuring they have a snack, some water and a few familiar toys. 

For small kids, a tablet is a great way to keep them busy with games, videos and stories. Safety is a concern for curious minds, so the idea is to keep them occupied and out of the way. If possible, arrange for a sitter while you get the essentials taken care of.

Dogs should stay on a leash, and cats will need to stay in a carrier. Don’t forget their bowls and food.

7. Toiletries

Pack anything you need to brush your teeth, clean your face, and take a shower. As you’ll be putting them in a suitcase, pack them in zippered freezer bags in case of leaks.

Women who wear makeup will want to include it, plus makeup remover as well. Men may need to include a shaving kit for the morning.

Don’t forget a nice clean towel, a bath mat, and your hair dryer.

8. Tools to Assemble Your Bed

If your movers are not assembling your bed for you, you’ll need to have the tools to put everything together. The exact tools will depend on your bed, but typically they include things like a wrench, screwdriver, and/or set of Allen keys.

9. Sleepwear and Bed Linens

Pack your favourite pajamas, slippers, and a dressing gown in case it’s cold.

For your bed you’ll need a mattress pad, sheets, pillows, pillow cases, and your duvet. They may not fit in a suitcase, but putting them in a clean box or tote bin is fine.

11. Cleaning Supplies and Toilet Paper

If you’re lucky, the previous homeowner left your new house in decent shape. They may have even left you a roll of toilet paper so you’re not left stranded.

If not, you may need to have items like:

  • Non-toxic cleaning products (please note movers cannot move bleach or other harsh chemicals in the truck).
  • Cleaning tools
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags and bins

10. Clothes to Wear the Next Day

The day after the move you’ll likely want to spend time unpacking and arranging furniture. Having an appropriate set of clothes handy will help you get a good start on your first day in your new home.

If you’re working the day after your move, you may need your alarm clock to help you wake up.

12. Kitchen Essentials...Especially the Coffee

The day after your move you’ll want to make breakfast, so you’ll need a box containing items like:

  • Coffee maker, grinder, and coffee.
  • A few essentials for breakfast.
  • A pot or pan, and whatever food you need.

To make things easy, you can treat your family to brunch in a nearby restaurant. It’s a great way to start getting to know your new neighbourhood.

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