What to pack in your box of essentials?


One more night before nationwide movers Florida arrive and load your possessions onto the moving truck. The moving day is almost upon you and, with it, a constant need to ask yourself the same question: “Did I pack everything?” If you did, you might be in a bit of a pickle. An imperative when settling into your new home is being able to function unobstructed. At least for a few days - while movers bring all of your stuff over or while you’re unpacking and organizing your new living space. Therefore, if you’ve packed everything, the only thing to look forward to is digging through the mound of boxes, just to find what you need. That, or the excruciating wait if everything you possess is a few days behind you. Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid these stressful scenarios - just by knowing what to pack in your box of essentials.

Surviving in the wilderness 101: Be prepared

If you’ve ever gone camping, you know what we’re talking about. There’s nothing worse than hiking for miles to find that perfect camping spot, only to realize that you forgot to bring a backpack.

The analogy fits perfectly. “The wilderness” is your new environment. Strange, unfamiliar, unforgiving. And “the backpack” is your box of essentials. It contains everything you need to survive for a few days - clothes, food, tools, and gadgets. If “the backpack” is properly packed and stuffed with all the necessities, your stay in “the wilderness” will be a thrilling and fulfilling experience.

If you like camping, surviving a few days on essentials will be a breeze!

A few things to keep in mind

Firstly, your box of essentials will go with you. You won’t be sending it with your state to state movers Florida unless they are arriving before or shortly after you. In this case, your essentials boxes should be “pack last - open first”. Which is great, because you’ll be able to give yourself some breathing room and, maybe, pack a few more things than necessary. Just don’t over-do it. The point is to pack what you need, not what you think you might need.

However, if the movers will be arriving a few days after you, that means that you’ll have to bring your essentials box with you. Depending on the means of travel, you may find the number of items you can bring to be severely limited.

So, if this is the case, what should you pack in your essentials box?

Bare necessities

You may think about the essentials box as a basic survival kit for a few days. You will need to function as normally as possible, albeit on limited resources. And not only once you arrive at your new home, but also the night before and during the trip.

To make things easier, let’s break it down to basics and then expand from there:

Essential essentials

There are some things a modern person cannot function without:

  • Personal documents
  • Credit and debit cards
  • Portable electronics: Phone, tablet, laptop, and their respective chargers
  • Other important documents: Diplomas, medical records, contracts, etc.
  • Jewelry and other valuables

Always be sure to check and double-check these items, as they are the core of your ability to function within society.

Make a list of all the documents you need. Then check it again - just to be on the safe side.

Something for the road

First stop - sustenance! You will need something to get you through the moving day and the trip.

  • Homemade sandwiches and freshly squeezed juices are amazing as a go-to option.
  • Bottled water - always a must!
  • Sweet and salty snacks or, even better, fresh fruit. Certainly, nothing can refresh you better during a long trip than an apple, an orange, or any other both sour and sweet fruit.

Kitchen Essentials

Once you’ve arrived, you should prepare some food. Nothing says “home” like a delicious, heartwarming meal with your loved ones. So, to expand our survival kit with a few more things to pack in your box of essentials:

  • Portable cooker or induction board: They don’t take much space and will let you get the job done.
  • Food: You shouldn’t go for anything fancy. Instead, choose food that’s easy and doesn’t take too long to prepare, like pasta, for instance.
  • Basic cooking utensils: We all have a favorite cooking pot and a frying pan. And they will be more than enough for the first few days.
  • Plates and Cutlery: Enough for each member of the family. Disposable ones are your best bet, to cut down the time needed to clean them.
  • Glasses and mugs: Again, go with disposables. It will save you valuable time.
  • Cleaning products: All-purpose cleaner for surfaces where you’ll be preparing your food and, of course, hand and dish soap.
  • Paper towels
  • Thrash bags

It might not look like much but, at the end of the day, you’ll have a small and functional kitchen. Certainly good enough to lift your spirits while you’re unpacking the rest of the stuff.

Bathroom essentials

For our next stop, we got the best way to wash away the stress of the long day. And quite literally!

Warm shower - The best way to wash away the stress of a long day!

You won’t need much to keep the bathroom functional. You’ve already packed multi-purpose cleaner, which will serve excellently for cleaning the bathroom too. On to the list of necessities:

  • Toiletries
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss
  • A few towels, both large and small

We had to put the last item on the list separately, as it’s astonishing how many times people simply forget about it: Toilet paper! It just had to be emphasized.

Bedroom essentials

A good night’s sleep is essential if you want to keep the enthusiasm and energy on a high level. Therefore, here are some items you should pack in your box of essentials to get you through the camping trip in your new house:

  • Clean sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • A change of clothing for a few days, including cozy pajamas
  • Socks and underwear
  • Spare footwear

It’s a good option to bring a portable heater (calorifier) or cooler (fan), depending on the season. Also, if your king-sized bed is in transit, an inflatable mattress will be your best friend. Not only it’s pretty cheap and reusable - it takes almost no space and is surprisingly comfortable!

And that’s it! Although the list seems extensive, most of these items you can pack in your box of essentials. A large one - or two medium ones, which is a better option. They will fit inside your car better and you won’t be risking injuries when lifting too heavy a box. So, the only thing left to do now is to wait for the rest of your possessions to arrive, so you can turn the bare minimum into comfortable!

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