If you are planning on moving home, the best advice you could wish for is from your removalists. This advice can include planning your home move, creating a moving checklist, deciding which packing materials you should use, and even which days you should move on to reduce your fees.

However, the one piece of advice that, for us, is the best of all is that you should prepare an essentials kit for you and your family to be used on the day of your house move. Many people forget that on the day of their activity, with almost every belonging packed in boxes, they will not have access to many items they would usually take for granted, such as food, toiletries, medications, battery chargers, and even the dog’s water bowl.

What you can do to avoid being caught out is to prepare an essentials kit so that everyone has those items likely to be needed on the day as your home move proceeds. If you are unsure what to put in your moving day essentials kit, then wonder no more, as here is everything that should be included in it.

Moving Day Essentials Kit – Box Or Bags?

The first thing to mention is what you will use to carry your essentials kit. Depending on how old your family members are, it could be that the teenagers use a rucksack to move the items they think they are likely to need. Otherwise, and especially if you have younger children, using a box is the best option, and we suggest using a plastic container rather than a cardboard one, as this will be sturdier.

We suggest you create a simple checklist before moving day to ensure you have placed everything into your essentials box. To make that easier for you, we will divide items into categories based on what room they would usually be found in and their uses in your house.


From The Kitchen




Sugar and Sweeteners

Bottles Of Water

Snacks, Biscuits

Soft Drinks

Kitchen Roll






For Each Family Member


Set Of Cutlery

Cup Or Tumbler

Small Plate


NB: Ideally, these should all be plastic rather than glass/ceramic

From The Bathroom





Wet Wipes

Toilet Paper

Hand Soap


Hair Brush/Combs

Hand Towels

Especially For Children


Reading Books

Colouring Books

Colour Pencils

Blank Paper (For Drawing)


Small Board Games

Games Tablet

Favourite Cuddly Toy


For those with a baby, you may choose to have a separate box with everything you require for their needs, such as nappies, bottles etc.

From The Garage/Workshop





Utility Knife


Spare Batteries (AA/AAA)



Essential Documents

IDs, e.g. passports

Credit/Debit Cards

Key Phone Numbers & Emails, e.g. removalists, landlord


Keys For Your New Home

For Dogs/Cats


Food Bowl

Water Bowl



1 or 2 Toys



Phone And Other Device Chargers

Headsets/Ear Buds

Rubbish Bags



Medical/ Emergencies


Doctor/Hospital/Vet Contact Details


First Aid Kit




We are sure there are some items we have listed that you might not wish to add to your essentials kit, and likewise, many that you can think of that we have omitted but which you want to add. That is fine because the point of any essentials kit is that it should include the items needed by the person or family that will be using it.

Once the essentials are covered, you can shift your attention to less severe but still important such as setting up the wifi and your new garden. It will also be the case that contact details are likely to be stored on mobile phones. However, we include these to ensure that you remember to have all the relevant ones stored and available before you move rather than frantically trying to find them on the day of your home move.