Your Moving Day Survival Kit: What to Include 

Moving day is coming up, and while you’ve checked almost everything off your list, there’s one more thing that can make the difference between a chaotic scramble and a smoothly run operation: a moving day survival kit.  

Amidst the whirlwind of boxes, furniture, and movers, it’s easy to lose track of the simple things – like where you packed the screwdriver or even your toothbrush. That’s why even the best moving companies recommend putting together a personalized moving day kit. 

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, having a well-prepared kit can alleviate much of the stress and ensure you have the essentials at hand when everything else is packed away in boxes.  

In this post, we’ll walk you through creating a practical and comprehensive moving day survival kit. We’ll cover everything from essential tools and items to comfort must-haves that will keep you calm and collected, making your move as smooth as possible.  

Ready to pack your peace of mind into a box? Let’s dive in! 


The Essentials You Just Couldn’t Leave Home Without 

When you’re gearing up for the big move, some things just can’t be packed away in the truck. Here’s a list of must-haves that even the best moving companies will tell you to keep close by. 

Personal Items 

  • ID and Important Documents: These are vital. Without them, you can’t prove your identity or your new residence, especially in situations where you might need to verify your move with authorities or service providers. 
  • Wallet and Keys: Besides basic access and payment needs, your wallet often contains emergency contacts and medical info which are crucial during a high-stress move. 
  • Phones and Chargers: Make sure you have your communication lifelines ready to help coordinate with movers, update friends, or call for last-minute help. 

Tools and Basic Supplies 

  • Basic Toolkit: A screwdriver can reassemble a disassembled bed frame, and pliers can tweak small appliances if needed. Include a measuring tape, too, to ensure everything fits as planned. 
  • Scissors or Box Cutters: There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to open your boxes. These tools are lifesavers for accessing your belongings quickly and safely. 
  • Tape and Marker Pens: Whether it’s reinforcing a box that feels a bit weak or labeling items that were packed last minute, these supplies are must-haves. Even the best moving companies would agree. 
  • A Small Multi-Tool: A multi-tool is the Swiss army knife of moving day. It’s compact but packed with functionality, including knives, bottle openers, and various screwdrivers, which might be just what you need to dismantle a stubborn piece of furniture or adjust a door hinge. 
  • Duct Tape and Zip Ties: For anything that needs quick fixing or securing, duct tape and zip ties can handle a lot of makeshift repairs on moving day, from reinforcing damaged boxes to securing loose cables and cords. 

Cleaning Supplies 

  • Trash Bags: You’ll need them for both disposing of packing materials and handling any initial trash in your new home. 
  • Multi-Surface Cleaner: be it wiping down counters before you unpack dishes or cleaning a spill during the move, a good cleaner is essential. 
  • Paper Towels and Rags: They’re not just for cleaning spills but also for drying dishes, wiping dirty hands, and cleaning windows and mirrors as you set up. 

Comfort Items: Making Moving Day More Pleasant 

Moving isn’t just about physical labor; it’s also about mental stamina. That’s where these comfort items come in. They can make the difference between ending the day on a high note or being utterly exhausted. Here’s a checklist approved by the best moving companies. 

Snacks and Drinks 

  • Water Bottles: Dehydration is a real risk during physical activity. Keep water handy to stay hydrated throughout the day. 
  • Easy-to-Eat Snacks: Energy levels can dip quickly. Nuts, protein bars, and fruits are great for a quick boost. 
  • Coffee or Tea Bags: If you start early, caffeine can keep morale and energy up. Portable coffee makers or insulated flasks can work wonders. 

Clothing and Personal Care 

  • Extra Sets of Clothes and Rain Gear: An additional change of clothes is a lifesaver if you get wet or dirty during the move. Including a raincoat or poncho ensures you’re prepared for bad weather, which can hit unexpectedly. 
  • Toiletry Kit: Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and a small towel can refresh you after intense moving activities. Don’t forget any specific skincare items to avoid discomfort. 
  • First Aid Kit: Moving can sometimes lead to minor cuts or bruises, which is why keeing a first aid kit is essential. Throw in band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers. 
  • Comfort Items for Stress Relief: Consider packing things like essential oils, stress balls, or even a small book to help decompress during breaks. Moving is stressful, and having a quick way to relax can help maintain your energy and mood. 

Just-In-Case Items: For Those Unexpected Moments 

You know those odd little problems you only realize you need to solve when you’re knee-deep in boxes? These are the items that solve them. As any of the best moving companies will tell you, it’s the unforeseen issues that often cause the most stress. 

  • Flashlight or Headlamp: These are invaluable if you’re still moving after dark or if you need to navigate a dimly lit storage area or basement. 
  • Spare Batteries or a Portable Charger: There’s nothing worse than your flashlight dying or your phone running out of battery when you need them the most. 
  • Blankets or Towels: Blankets can protect fragile items during transport. Towels can serve multiple purposes, from a quick cleanup to providing a makeshift mat to rest items on. 
  • Emergency Contact List: Have a paper list of important phone numbers – local emergency services, the nearest hospital, your real estate agent, and your moving company’s contact details. This is especially crucial if your phone runs out of battery. 
  • Notebooks and Pens: For jotting down any last-minute reminders, inventory items, or directions, a notebook and a pen can be super handy. They’re also useful for recording meter readings as soon as you arrive at your new home. 
  • Local Maps or GPS Device: If you’re moving to a new area, having a physical map or a dedicated GPS device can help you navigate around town, find local amenities, or route to the nearest store without relying solely on your phone. 

No doubt, moving is a hefty task filled with its share of stress and surprises. But with your very own moving day survival kit, you’re preparing to face the day not just with essentials, but with comforts and contingencies in mind.  

Remember, even the best moving companies might not be able to anticipate every little personal need you have during a move, so this kit is your personal line of defense against moving day chaos. 


Looking for the Best Moving Companies?  

Packing a moving day survival kit is more than just about being organized, it’s about being ready for anything the day throws your way. From the essentials to the just-in-case items, you’re now equipped to handle your move like a pro. And remember, while it’s great to be prepared, having a team of specialists on your side can make all the difference. 

That’s where we, Pink Zebra Moving, come in. We’re here ready to help you move your life with care, precision, and a bit of fun! Whether you need help packing, loading, or unloading, we’ve got you covered. So, why stress over the details when you can let us handle them for you?  

Reach out today, and let’s make your move as smooth and hassle-free as possible.  


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