Preparing for a move can be stressful and figuring out where to start is the hardest part. Most of the moving preparation is focused on getting everything packed up and ready for the movers that some unpacking essentials get thrown in boxes. While there is a lot of planning and organizing on the front end, being prepared on the back end can make your move feel less stressful and help you settle into your new home faster. Whether it is your first move or you are a seasoned veteran, creating an unpacking kit is essential to a successful relocation!
After the movers leave and your home is a sea of boxes, think about the activities you will do first. First things first, you will need a box cutter or scissors to get into your belongings. Once you get key boxes open, you might want to do a deep clean while you unpack items. Add some universal cleaning products to your unpacking kit. All the hard work will make you hungry. Make sure you put some paper products and water in your unpacking kit.
Ready for our unpacking kit? Here are some essentials as a starting point!
The Ultimate Unpacking Kit
- Box cutter
- Hand soap
- Paper towels
- Toilet paper
- Disposable plates, cups, utensils
- All-purpose cleaner
- Disinfecting wipes
- Prescriptions and pain reliever
- Trash bags
- Pet food
- Basic tools – flat & Phillips head screwdrivers, hammer, Allen wrenches
If you are moving long-distance, you may get to your new home before the truck arrives. If that is the case, you may want to add a few additional items to your unpacking kit.
The Ultimate Unpacking Kit for Long-distance Moves
- Shower gel
- Air mattress
- Folding chairs
- Kitchen supplies: pots, pans, knives, cutting board, can opener, dish soap, Ziplock bags, tin foil, spices
- Liquids you want to keep but cannot pack on the moving truck
Pro-tip: Use clear plastic storage tubs for your unpacking kit. You will be able to easily see inside them instead of rooting through a bunch of boxes.
As you prepare for your move, there are many things to consider, plan and coordinate. We recommend starting a list for your unpacking kit a couple of weeks before your move. As you go through your day-to-day routine, add necessary items to your unpacking kit list.
We have plenty of additional moving resources to make your relocation go smoothly. Here are a few additional articles:
- Moving Terminology: A Guide to Help You Understand Your Estimate
- 5 Questions to Ask Moving Companies Before Hiring Them
- 5 Simple Tips for Packing Non-Perishable Food for Your Move
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