There is something both exciting and stressful about moving to a new home. You're sure to have a massive to-do list in the weeks leading up to your move.
However, you can do one thing in advance to make the transition easier: put together a moving essentials kit. All the items you may need on moving day will be conveniently stored in this handy kit, allowing you to unpack without frantically searching for necessities. After all, packing and moving can be exhausting, so the last thing you want to do is rush to the store or dig through boxes looking for your toothbrush or toilet paper. Preparing all the essential items will help you focus on unpacking and settling in.
Here, you'll find a list of what you should bring for your first days in your new home.
A moving-out essentials bag or box contains everything you'll need for your last few nights in your old house or your first few nights in your new place. It should include typical household items and necessities, such as food and beverages.
It would be best if you filled the essentials box last before moving out of your old house. As you go through the drawers, cupboards and shelves, list what you'll need during the first few days in your new home. Your moving necessities box will be the first box you unpack, so it should contain items that will help you prepare small meals, tidy up the house, handle small emergencies and entertain the family during the unpacking process.
An essentials box is even more vital when moving across the country or to a new city. In the event of a delay, you'll need enough stuff to last a week at your new place, so pack your essentials box accordingly.
While moving heavy objects, you may get a couple of nicks and scrapes. Make sure you have bandages, a thermometer, antibacterial wipes, tweezers and some ibuprofen on hand.
One last step you'll need to do before packing your items into a truck is stripping your bed. If the linens are clean enough, you can separate them and store them in your essentials bag.Nothing like a freshly made bed gives a room a sense of calm. The clean bed will also be a welcome sight at the end of a long move-in day.
Make sure you have a cleaning kit when packing for your move. Unless you already gave your new home a deep clean before moving in, it's important to tidy up before unpacking the rest of your boxes.Your cleaning kit should include a pair of rubber gloves, dish soap, hand soap, a sponge, garbage bags, multipurpose cleaner, rags and toilet paper. If you would like to be even more prepared, pack a broom, dustpan, bucket and mop to ensure your floors look spotless.
Battery packs are one of the most frequently overlooked items when packing for a move. There's no doubt you'll need them during your first week. If your remote control won't work or smoke detectors keep beeping, having no batteries on hand can be extremely frustrating. In case of a power outage during the first day or night, flashlights are also necessary, along with more batteries.
Tools are an essential part of any moving kit. Any furniture you disassembled during the move will be easy to put back together with a basic toolkit. Furthermore, there is no telling what you may need pliers or a hammer for, so keep a small toolkit on hand.
Food is an essential moving item. Ensure you bring snacks, such as granola bars, fruit and plenty of water. You might find a pizza delivery service nearby or even a drive-through, but snacks should be available while moving.Additionally, you will need dishware and paperware, including cups, bowls and plates. If your belongings will take a while to arrive at your home, it's a good idea to pack a multipurpose pot or pan.
Having clean clothes will help you feel refreshed. Wearing dirty, moving clothes for too long can be a pain. So don't forget to bring an extra pair of pyjamas and a change of clothes.
Do you have any pets you'll bring to your new home? Pets have their own special needs. Ensure your furry family is well cared for by providing food and water. Don't forget to bring their bowls, leash, toys, treats and medications, if any.
Aside from your cash and credit cards, your essentials bag should also include your passport, driver's license, birth certificate and other important documents.
In the same way, you should always keep important documents near you, and you should also carry any valuables, such as jewellery, accessories and family photos. In addition, this prevents them from being damaged.
Relocation can be a stressful process. If you stick to your checklist, you'll be able to stay organised as you move and settle in. Whether you're moving across the UK or to Europe, you can avoid moving anxiety by hiring reputable removal services.Contact our team today to learn how Cotswold Carriers can help you enjoy a stress-free moving experience.