Moving to a new home can be stressful but with proper planning and preparation, moving day can be a breeze.

Preparing a survival kit can make a moving day so much smoother as you won’t have to continuously rummage through boxes to find the essentials. It may seem overwhelming to distill your entire household of possessions into an essentials box or bag but it can be done. The rule of thumb is to include all essentials that you’ll need for at least 24 hours. Download the Moving Day Survival Kit Checklist and Move with Peace of Mind. 

Here are items you should pack in a moving survival kit for the first day in your new home:

Pack the First-aid kit

Moving heavy objects can result in a few nicks and scrapes. Be ready with Band-Aids, some antiseptic wipes, tweezers, and a few ibuprofen.

Don’t forget about Priority Chargers

For all your essential electronics, such as your phone, laptop or tablet.

Bring Bedding for Everyone

Enjoy a good first-night sleep in your new home without rummaging through boxes to make the bed.

Pack Extra Clothing and Toiletries

Remember to bring soap, shampoo, toilet paper and towels and washcloths for cleaning up after your settled in.

Light Cleaning Supplies

 After the dust has settled, you’ll need glass cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, dish soap, rags, and a broom and dustpan.

Food and Drinks – don’t forget about FIDO

Move-in day isn’t the best time for a five-course meal. Bring food that doesn’t require much preparation, like pasta and sauce, cereal and milk, bread and peanut butter, canned soup, etc. Be sure to drink plenty of water on moving day to avoid dehydration.

Dishes and Cookware or Skip-the Dishes

You’ll need these for those easy meals. Include a pot and pan, serving spoon, and can opener. Make sure you bring enough dishes for everyone.


You will need that morning caffeine fix to start unpacking and organizing your new home.

Basic Tools 

You’d be surprised how much you can do with basics like a hammer, screwdriver, and pliers.

Light-bulbs or Flashlight

Just in case the old tenant/owner decided to take everything and the kitchen sink with them you don’t want to be left in the dark.

Scissors or Knife

For opening any boxes that are on their way to your new home, or packaged supplies you purchase for the new home.