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Moving? Pack These Essentials

Moving? Pack These Essentials

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Moving across Canada is stressful and can be very hectic especially if you're doing it at the last minute. With so many things to keep in mind, it’s easy enough to overlook some of the most important details when preparing to move and that is to pack a “first-night” box. A first-night box or survival kit is a collection of supplies or items you will need when arriving in an empty new home and all the important items you use daily. 

Everyone’s essentials will be different, so how do you identify which essential items are the most important during your first few nights? Here are a few items you should definitely put in your essential box.

Personal items and toiletries

Moving is dirty work so you'll probably be excited to take a fresh shower as soon as you can. Make sure you have:

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Shampoo

  • Body soap

  • Clean towel

  • Toilet paper

  • A pair of pyjamas

  • Lotion

  • Washcloths for cleaning up

Bedtime essentials 

Although you might spend your first night sleeping surrounded by bulky cardboard boxes nothing can be more satisfying than a good night's sleep after the strenuous long day of moving. Be sure to have: 

  • bed linens for everyone

  • Pillows

  • Blankets 

  • Your kids favourite teddy bear

  • Change of clothes

  • Airpump for air mattress


Whether prescription or OTC, having quick access to any medications that you take is very important. Medications you take on regularly should relocate with you. Make sure to have:

  • First aid kit

  • Bandages and ointments

  • Pain relievers

  • Allergy meds (antihistamines)

  • Vitamins and your family members’ prescription medicines 

  • Anti-itch cream

Food, beverages and kitchen supplies

Move-in day isn’t the best time for a five-course meal so, you might want to consider ordering in or eating out in local eateries within your neighbourhood for your first few meals. Also, prepare something nutritious for snacks such as granola bars or dried fruit. Don’t forget to bring tea bags, instant coffee and bottled water to keep everyone hydrated and a few basics like an electric kettle, kitchen knife or some basic utensils to eat comfortably. 

Important documents 

Since you can’t afford to be without your ID, any forms for your movers, your certificate of insurance, birth certificates, passports, marriage documents, certificates and other sensitive information and important records in a plastic folder and carry them with you.

Electronics and chargers

We cannot simply imagine life today without technology. So make sure your personal items such as your electronics will need to be packed in your first night kit. Consider using sealable bags to keep them from getting damaged. 

Cleaning supplies 

Although the previous homeowner might have cleaned up the place for you, you still probably want to do some basic cleaning before you start unpacking your moving boxes. So, bring a few cleaning materials like: 

  • Rags and sponges 

  • A mop

  • Trash bags 

  • Gloves

  • Dustpan

  • Detergents or All-purpose cleaner

  • Cleaning spray

  • Toilet brush

  • Dish soap

Moving can be a long and challenging process, but a well-packed moving essentials bag makes the first night in a new home comfortable. Make sure you and your family have everything you need, right at hand then let our top-rated home movers in Canada take care of the rest. Ensure a stress-free move to your new home and find the best professional mover in Canada by using Top Move. 

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