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How to Pack a Moving Home Survival kit

Posted on August 31, 2022 by Shaun Vallance
How to pack a survival kit when moving house

Survival kit on Moving Day: One of the most important details of a stress-free move is packing a survival kit for the other side.  Advance preparation of your survival kit can help get everything in place when you arrive at your new home.  Once you reach your home, you want to keep the momentum going by having a start-up kit ready rather than searching for items in your packed boxes.  Being prepared in advance means you can get on with it amidst the flurry of family and removal men.  A strategic unpacking will mean a great start in your new home.  Therefore, the survival kit is key to a smooth transition and an excellent new beginning.

Arriving in your new home

With a professional removals company, you will have the benefit of an inventory system and you will hopefully have packed everything with a room-by-room system.  However, there is still the maintenance of your family unit to think of, and the first stages of the process in the new house.  You may also have pets to be aware of and everyone will be a bit disorientated.  With a plan for cleaning, eating, and sleeping for the first night, you will be able to settle into the days ahead.  Your survival kit will travel with you, rather than the removals vehicle, so you will be able to get cracking as soon as those keys turn the lock on your new door.

General list for a survival box

  • Mobile phone chargers
  • Medications
  • Towels and Wash bags
  • Bedding for the first night
  • Extension leads
  • Speaker/ Radio
  • Food for first day/night
  • Toilet Paper

Plan room by room

Depending on the scale of your move and the various factors involved, you may want to pack the survival kit based on all your different rooms.  To avoid chaos in your new home, you don’t want to be rifling through boxes to find certain objects.  Unpacking room by room according to what time you have available is the best strategy. Prioritizing which rooms are most essential, you can unpack so that your family can function whilst you set up the new space. So, with that in mind, you will want to isolate what is going to be necessary in the first few days and separate that into your survival kit packing. Consider this breakdown of what to take from each room, to be fully equipped on the other side.


The kitchen is the most important place to have a simple setup in operation when you get there, primarily because of tea.  Once the flow of tea in your new home is happening, you can be sure you have reached a new landmark in your domestic history.  You have officially arrived!

  • Cutlery for each family member
  • Mug, plate, bowl for each family member
  • Next days breakfast
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Oil, salt, pepper
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Coffee, tea, sugar, milk
  • Bottled water


A good night’s sleep is going to make all the difference when waking up in your new home amidst a puzzle of boxes.  By having the beds set up early you can make sure the children can get to bed on time, and you can rest at night, or even factor in a much-needed nap during the unpacking process. Your basic bedroom survival items could include:

  • Bed Linen
  • Change of Clothes
  • Pillows /Blankets/ Duvets


Now may not be the time for feng shui in the water closet, but you will definitely need your essentials in place. Make sure you have the basic grooming kit to stay clean and fresh, without having to duck out to the shop.  Having to navigate the toilet paper aisle of an unfamiliar supermarket could really lessen your Moving Day enthusiasm.

  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Washbag with supplies for all the family
  • First Aid Kit


For the real project of moving in, you will need a range of allies in the form of equipment. Cleaning materials and basic DIY will be important as you break new ground at this novel address.  As you get further into the process being able to hang art and photographs really makes a place feel like home. Having everything on hand to act when inspiration strikes will make it a pleasurable experience.  Similarly, if obstacles arise, you want to be tooled up to meet them head-on and keep going.  You can pack a general survival kit toolbox while the rest of your equipment remains in the larger boxes.

  • Cleaning stuff
  • Screwdrivers
  • Drills
  • Hammers
  • Gaffer tape
  • Nails/screws
  • Scissors
  • Knife

Added extras

In case of any issue with power being set up at your new place, you may need your own charging systems, hot water bottle, and data allowance in place.   While you have got the basic kitchen amenities, have you remembered your pet’s dining facilities and favourite nesting zone?  A binbag deficit can be a bit of a showstopper, so remember to come with them in hand.  Despite the technological advancements of recent years, don’t underestimate the value of having the humble pen and paper close by.  The benefit of having all these aspects packed in advance is that it also reduces stress. Knowing there is a plan in place without wasting time looking for objects can alleviate a lot of stress in advance. The result is more enjoyment for you as you settle in.


If you have packed your speakers and chilled the champagne as soon as you plugged the fridge in, you are set up to warm the house at the right moment.  With a bit of moving in music and well-deserved relaxation, you can begin to celebrate this new beginning in your new home.  So, although it may feel miles away when you are in the packing phase, pack for the light at the end of the tunnel.  When you get there, you will be glad of the glasses and bubbly.  Don’t underestimate the value of a mini celebration in your new home, it sets the tone for everything that is to come.

Woods Removals

As Master Removers of Dorchester, we have been in the trade for 165 years.  Spanning eras of removals, we have maintained and developed a reputation for excellent service and customer care.  We know the potential pitfalls that can come about on Moving Day, and how to avoid them.  To deliver the best service to you, we will find out what are your exact moving requirements and provide tailor-made service.  We can offer you a moving plan and strategy and guarantee everything goes smoothly.  Leaving you to focus on the organization of your family and belongings at either end.  With a century of local Dorset experience, we can assure you that you are in good hands.  Our range of various removals services can be adapted to suit all needs.  For a free quote or to call us, we are only too happy to hear from you.  No move is too large or small, and to see why we are worth the investment, you can read our reviews here.