How To Prepare the Moving Day Survival Kit

You’ve heard about the moving day survival kit but you might be unsure what it really is and what it really consists of. Take it from the professionals who are here to help you with just that, so you know what’s good to keep unpacked – to ensure your moving day runs smoothly.

Your first reaction when moving home is to box and ship everything but the point is, there are some things you will need along the way. For an idea of what you could keep aside (just in case) take a read of our tried and tested methods. From basic essentials such as toilet paper to bedding, whatever it is – we’re here help you pack accordingly.

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Items from the kitchen

items to take from the kitchen for the moving day survival kit

You wouldn’t start a normal day off without food, so why do it on moving day? This is the day you will need more energy than usual so don’t forget to leave out:

  • Cereals – for the mornings
  • Snacks – packet food, canned goods or fruit are ideal, on-the-go, non-messy foods.
  • Bottled water – handy to refill throughout the day.
  • Cutlery – you needn’t keep out all the cutlery, a couple of sets will suffice.
  • Platesa couple of plates to save any extra hoovering should you drop crumbs or food.
  • Sponge and washing up liquidwhen you finally pop all the bits above into a box to leave your old home, give them a quick wash to save yourself effort when you arrive at your new destination.
  • Cleaning wipesfor a last wipe down of your kitchen, keep some cleaning wipes handy, to avoid rummaging around in already packed boxes.
  • Tea towelit’s always handy to have a tea towel at the ready to dry and clean up any spillages.


Items from the bedroom

items to take from the bedroom for the moving day survival kit
The bedroom is another important area in the home that you can’t fully pack until the moving day. This being said, you will want to pack any bedside tables, TVs, mirrors, and ornaments but the main essentials you will want to leave include:

  • Bedding – packing your bedding in the morning into a vacuum sealed bag is the best way to do it.
  • Phone charger – so your phone is fully charged in case you need to use it throughout the day.
  • Change of clothesdon’t forget to keep out clothes for the moving day.
  • Pyjamas – the last thing you want to be looking for the night before you move are your pyjamas. So keep them out and have a box ready to fill all of the above.


Items from the bathroom

items to take from the bathroom for the moving day survival kit
Wake up refreshed, have a shower and prepare for the day ahead – leave out these last bits but have a box ready to pack them away once you’re dressed and ready to go.

  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet roll
  • Towel
  • First aid kit


Items from the garage

items to take from the garage for the moving day survival kit
  • Tools – if you need to do a little last minute DIY, like taking down a set of drawers for example, having a set of tools ready will prove to be much more time efficient. Essential for building your furniture when you’ve arrived at your destination too!


Items for the kids

items to take for children for the moving day survival kit
If you’re moving with children, you will want to make sure you have a few things to hand, to keep them happy and well occupied.

  • Films on an a portable device, such as a tablet
  • Books
  • Baby changing table, nappies etc
  • Toys
  • Juice and snacks
  • Blanket


Items for the pets

items to take for pets for the moving day survival kit
If you have a crate for your pet, fill it with their favourite bedding and pop their toy in there to keep them calm. Have a special box just for them so that you can access their things immediately to lessen any anxiety they may have.

  • Pet food
  • Water and food bowls
  • Litter trays
  • Poo bags
  • Leads

When you arrive at your destination, it’s important to unpack your pets things first to help them get used to their new surroundings. Also make sure that they have fresh water and food ready and take them for a walk or provide a litter tray so they can relax.

Other bits and pieces

Have a little box by your front door with the bits below, so that you can keep them with you at all times.

  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Light bulbs
  • Bin liners
  • Wallet
  • Phone
  • Keys
  • Passport
  • Paper work

You may have noticed that there are some ready-made survival kits that you can buy online and although a good idea, save yourself money and just keep out what you will really need on the day. While they seem like a good solution, you may find yourself caught short on things that aren’t already included within these kits. At Simon Long Removals, we’d recommend preparing your very own survival kit, rather than buying one.

For more information when it comes to your moving day, contact the friendly professionals at Simon Long Removals. We offer exceptional services, including first-rate house, business and overseas removals. Based in Thetford, our other branches can be found in Gloucester, Kings Lynn and Norwich.