Packing supplies


Moving can be an extremely stressful time for all involved. It is easy to forget what needs to be done amidst the chaos of packing up the never ending, contents of your home. While it is tempting to stuff everything into one box or another and shove it all in the moving truck to be dealt with at your new home, it is a good idea to think about packing an essentials box that will go with you, instead of on your movers NYC truck.

An essentials box is a box or bag that contains all of the necessary items that you will need when you first arrive at your new home. These items are generally everyday items, that help to make the unpacking process a little less stressful. Ideally, your essentials box will be kept with you throughout the duration of your move, so that in the event that you arrive to your new home ahead of the moving truck you’ll be prepared.

Having simple luxuries, such as a glass of water or restroom necessities, allows you to unpack at a relatively leisurely pace, instead of frantically searching for the box with the toilet paper stuffed inside. While everyone’s essentials box will be different, it is important to think about the things that you’ll do when you first arrive, and what you’ll need to accomplish those tasks. Here are a few suggestions that we have for items that you might want to consider packing in your essentials box for your next move.

  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Dishtowel and Dishcloth
  • Unopened All-purpose cleaner
  • Snacks (cereal bars, granola bars, etc.)
  • Pet food (and a dish to put it in)
  • Cup, plate, cutlery per person
  • Scissors, or box cutter for opening boxes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Matches
  • Change of clothes, including towel per person
  • Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrush, hand soap
  • Basic tool kit
  • Important documentation and paperwork for move day

If you are moving with children, consider packing a few toys or books in your essentials box too, that will help to keep them entertained over the course of the day. When looking for movers NYC that you can trust to get your items to your new home on time, or for professionals to help you pack, American Movers has been helping individuals and families move worry-free! Contact us today to get a free quote, and leave the heavy lifting to us!