What is a Moving Essentials Box

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An essentials box, same as a first night box has all the essentials to survive the first night in your new home. Carefully planning and packing an essentials box can be a lifesaver, especially for a long distance move, during which you could be separated from the bulk of your belongings for an extended time period.

When all your belongings get packed and loaded on the truck, your box of essentials should stay with you for the duration of the move.

What should you include in your first night box?

Your first night should include all those things you just can’t live without for the first few days in your new home. This list can vary from person to person, but there are some universal things that play crucial role in our daily lives, such as:

1. hygiene & Bathroom Items

To prevent a bathroom emergency, make sure you pack a roll or two of toilet paper, plus other bathroom essentials, including:

  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Face wash
  • Lotion
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Shower curtain
  • Medicine
  • Cosmetics

2. Bedding

If you hired a decent moving company, the movers will help you get your bed reassembled at your new place. However, if you were not so lucky in your choice of movers, you may be stuck with unpacked bed and other items for days. If any case, you might want to consider packing a blow-up mattress and minimal bedding for the whole family. Planning ahead could prevent many expensive nights at a hotel. Here’s what you might want to consider bringing with you:

  • Blow-up/Inflatable Mattress
  • Sheets
  • Extra blankets
  • Pillows

3. Chargers & Other Electronics

We rely on our electronic devices in our daily lives, and they require an electricity, that makes chargers an essential items in our daily routines. Make sure you have everything you need to stay connected, while you wait to unpack:

  • Cell phones and chargers
  • Laptops/tablets and charger
  • Batteries

4. Shoes & Clothing

Make sure you pack a bag with all the clothes you’ll need for your first few days or weeks. Think through the professional wardrobe as well, in case you are immediately starting a new job.

  • Shoes
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Business attire
  • Pants/Shorts
  • Shirts/T-shirts/Sweaters
  • Jackets and coats for cold weather climates

5. Kitchen Items

Moving can be expensive, try to save money on your move, by avoiding to eat out in the first few days / weeks of your move. Packing all the kitchen essentials that you can use to cook some basic meals can really cut down the costs.

  • Very basic cookware (pot/pan)
  • Water and other beverages
  • Snacks
  • Disposable plates, utensils, and cups
  • Easy-prep meals (mac ‘n cheese and oatmeal for example…)


Bring a few cleaning essentials with you:

  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Glass cleaner
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Dish soap and cloths
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags

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