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Moving House Essentials

Zenyx Griffiths

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

22nd Mar 2017 (Last updated on 4th Jan 2021) 7 minute read

After the trials and tribulations of finding the perfect home, it’s finally time to move in. Throughout all the chaos and excitement, it’s easy to forget the house essentials which is why it’s important to get organised in advance. It’s a busy and exciting day and as with any great adventure, you are going to need to pack a survival kit. 

Use the last few days before the removal company arrives to pack your essentials, this will help when you reach your new home. To help with your preparation, Compare My Move has created this guide, listing some of the moving essentials for your new home. 

Once you've finished the journey, you won’t want to unpack everything at once. These moving essentials will be the important items that should be in the car with you so you can settle in without unpacking the entire household.

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Your Moving House Essentials:
  1. 1. Moving House Essentials Box
  2. 2. Bedding
  3. 3. Towels and Toiletries
  4. 4. Kitchen Essentials
  5. 5. Toilet Paper
  6. 6. Bin Liners
  7. 7. Toolbox
  8. 8. Shower Curtain
  9. 9. Cleaning Products
  10. 10. Change of Clothes
  11. 11. The Removals Company

1. Moving House Essentials Box

Also known as a moving house survival kit, the moving house essentials box contains everything that you'll need to keep next to you in the car. Every family member may require something different. If you're moving house with kids, don’t forget to pack a moving essentials box for them too. Fill it with their favourite toys and snacks to keep them entertained. You’ll thank us for that later, we promise! 

Your moving house essentials box should contain all the vital items you use every day. Medication, phone chargers, food and water, pyjamas, overnight supplies, a change of clothes, first-aid kit - fill it with anything that you would need if you were sleeping anywhere other than your own home. Pack this survival kit as if you were packing for a sleepover, all the moving essentials together in one bag. 

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2. Bedding

You don’t know how far you’ll get with your unpacking on day one, so it’s always a good idea to make sure that you have your bedding with you for when you’re too tired to continue unpacking. 

It’s exhausting looking through all the boxes for your pillow and duvet on the first night, especially when your body is already aching from the previous journey. Give yourself a break and keep your bedding at hand so that you can organise your bed as soon as you need it. It’s especially needed after a last-minute move with the extra stress and added labouring.

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3. Towels and Toiletries

You’d think it’s pretty obvious to keep things like towels, shower gel, toothpaste and your toothbrush close by. But people do forget, and understandably so during the rush of moving day. Make sure everyone has a towel and the necessary toiletries so that you can all have a shower without completely unpacking everything. All these items are to help you have an easier first night and to help you unpack over time.

4. Kitchen Essentials

It’s always good to be able to have a cuppa once you’ve finished a long journey. The kettle, mugs, microwave, tea, coffee, whatever your personal preference - it might be of some small comfort to have your favourite food and drinks available for when you begin the tedious job of unpacking. 

Of course, you probably won’t be cooking a three-course meal on your first night, so you don’t need everything in the kitchen just yet. But anything to help with a quick bite to eat will be worth keeping nearby. If you want to binge on some microwave meals for the first few nights or even some instant noodles, then the kettle and microwave will be a moving house essential until you're completely unpacked.

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5. Toilet Paper

Again, another house essential you’d think you’d remember, but it’s surprising how often people forget to keep toilet paper close at hand. If the journey to the new house is long, you know everyone will be running for the bathroom as soon as they get there. Accidents happen, especially if you’re moving with children or pets. But keeping the toilet paper in the car and within reach can help prevent this as much as possible.

6. Bin Liners

A handy thing to have with you on moving day is bin liners. You’re bound to have some last-minute bits of rubbish and recycling that need to go out, especially after unpacking all the boxes. You may even need to do some cleaning up in the new house once you get there so it’s always good to be prepared. Keep the new house as clear from rubbish as possible to minimise the chance of accidents and help you unpack with ease. 

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7. Toolbox

You don’t need a complete kit, only the basics to get you through the first few days. A small toolkit will come in handy for the dismantling or reassembling of furniture or any last-minute DIY work that’s needed. A few of the items that you may need in an emergency or DIY session could be:

  • Screwdriver 
  • Hammer 
  • Drill
  • Tape 
  • Box cutter and/or scissors
  • Torch and batteries 

You never know which furniture you'll get to first or whether the new house may need a little maintenance before it's comfortable. A toolbox is always useful to keep at hand to improve safety and efficiency. 

8. Shower Curtain

So, you’ve got your towel and your shower gel but you won’t be getting far without a shower curtain or even a slip-proof matt. It’s not the most vital moving house essential but it can add personality and improve on safety. If the house had a shower curtain when you viewed it, don’t assume it’ll still be there when you move in. Many people take their shower curtains with them, but even if they don’t, you might prefer to hang your own to make it more comfortable.

9. Cleaning Products

Another essential for moving out is the cleaning products. You will want to clean and declutter as you go along whilst your house is being emptied. Then when you get to your new home, you might also want to give everything a quick wipe down. It might seem like the last thing you'll be thinking about when unpacking, but it can be helpful to clean as you go. The chaos of moving furniture and unloading everything will only get worse until it's finally finished, so it's best to keep the mess to a minimum. 

With everyone walking in and out and the removals team helping with the unpacking, the floor may get dirty quickly. It can be nice to have a small cloth or multi-purpose cleaner at hand to give everything a quick wipe as you go. Start as you mean to go on and keep your new home fresh and sparkling! 

10. Change of Clothes

This was mentioned in the moving essentials box, but it’s surprising how vital it can be to have a spare change of clothes at hand. You don’t know how long it will take to unpack and so it’ll be nice to have a change of clothes with you should you need them. Keep your pyjamas close by and if your children are going to school the next day or day after, then make sure their uniform is ready to go. 

Obviously, this list can vary depending on your personal preferences and you can add to this accordingly. You could even talk to everyone in the family before the moving date and see what each member deems is important enough to keep close-by. For more life-saving home moving information, check out Compare My Move’s Moving House Tips to be fully organised before the big day. 

11. The Removals Company

Now for one of the most important aspects of moving day: the removal company! Finding a reliable removals team can be a great help, reducing stress and ensuring a smooth and efficient journey. Obviously, you want to ensure that every item is safely handled, so why not leave it to the professionals? 

By using Compare My Move, within in seconds you can find up to 6 experienced removal companies within your local area. Get connected with the best in the business by requesting a house removal quote. Save yourself both time and money by using Compare My Move today.

Zenyx Griffiths

Before Compare My Move, Zenyx once wrote lifestyle and entertainment articles for the online magazine, Society19 as well as news articles for Ffotogallery.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the co-founder and director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.