Things You Need to Pack in an Essentials Box

A pleasant household move involves more than entrusting personal possessions to a reputable, professional mover. It also means planning for personal comfort and safety during the trip to the new home.

Do you know how to determine which items are essential during your trip and your first few nights in your new place? What will you need for the road? And what about your kids? It may seem overwhelming to sort it all out and we often forget the most obvious things like keys or credit cards. You should have an “open first” box prepared that contains all the essential items you may need during the trip or right after you arrive at your new home. The last thing you want to do is to dig through the boxes to find your pet food or your kid’s favorite blanket. Put together a list of the most important items to make sure you are not looking for them at the last moment.

Mayflower Transit’s moving experts recommend putting aside essential articles in what Mayflower calls a “trip kit.” The kit, usually made of a moving box small enough for a family to take with them to their new home, acts as a collection point for important papers and necessary items that should not be boxed up during the busy sorting and packing process. Take a deep breath and think about what you and your family will need to feel safe and comfortable during the big day.

We suggest including the following items in the “trip kit:”

  • First-aid kit
  • Canned Goods
  • Can opener
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Special items for kids
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Flashlight
  • Keys to the old and new house
  • Fuses
  • Pet food/dishes
  • Paper plates/cups
  • Disposable silverware
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Paper towels
  • Washcloths
  • IDs
  • Tools like hammer and screwdriver
  • Travel size soap, toothpaste, and shampoo
  • Prescription medications
  • Phone chargers
  • Hand sanitizer and all-purpose cleaners


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