Moving Essentials Checklist: How To Pack for A Move

Moving Essentials Checklist: How To Pack for A Move

moving essentials checklist to prepare for a moveWhat is a checklist of items to keep handy on moving day?


Checklists are invaluable during a move. With all the packing, organizing, cleaning, and planning it is easy for important steps to slip through the cracks. Making a checklist will ensure that you have not only packed up everything that needs to be moved, but also that you left unpacked the items you need to take with you! Here, we break down how to pack for a move so that you have those moving day essentials at the ready.

How To Pack for A Move

Packing your household for a move can be daunting. Learning how to pack for a move can be even more so. Moving day checklists help you stay on top of everything for moving. First, assuming you’re still finalizing any last-minute packing the day of the move, consider the following areas for consideration.

Last Minute Day of Packing Checklist

  • Detach any items such as drapery rods, bathroom towel rods, shower curtains and pictures that you’d like packed and moved from the walls. Just make sure that you aren’t violating any terms as a home seller. Sometimes items mounted like TV stands, wall cameras, and curtain rods are to stay with the home.
  • Be sure to remove all bed sheets and covers from your mattresses before the movers arrive.
  • Empty dresser drawers of loose items, liquids, and fragile pieces.
  • Clean garbage pails and grills and disconnect your outdoor hose. Oftentimes, hoses are left behind as an oversight.
  • Plan meals ahead of time so you can throw away all perishables from your freezer/fridge. You can always donate to a local food bank or ask your neighbors to take the food.
  • Leave notes for the movers that include any specific instructions such as “don’t touch this box” or “keep this room empty until I return”.
  • Plants cannot be placed into storage. If you have large ceramic pots going to storage, they must be emptied of all plant matter and dirt. The driver moves plants on a discretionary basis.
how to pack for moving day

In addition to the above areas of focus, you’ll also want to keep in mind the items that you do not want packed away. Some items you will want access to early and often. Or, if your items are moving in a container, you may have weeks before you can get to what’s inside, causing unnecessary purchases or headaches. As an Atlas agent, we’ve seen all the headaches caused by missing crucial items after your move. So, don’t forget to keep these handy:

Essentials to Keep Handy Checklist

Pack your moving day essentials in an easily accessible suitcase and put it in a separate area so your movers do not accidentally take it.

  • Pack your toiletries, including toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant. We recommend a large freezer-safe gallon ziplock bag if traveling in varying temperatures. This will help keep your toiletries from exploding or spilling all over your vehicle.
  • Keep a list of all the items you need to bring with you and keep it with the suitcase or travel bags. Between hotels, a list can be helpful to remember all gear you left with.
  • Make copies of important documentation (i.e., birth certificate) or scan them so they’re accessible on your phone if needed.
  • Bring cash and credit cards with you – it’s not always possible to use card machines at gas stations when you run out of fuel on moving day.
  • Keep your keys on you at all times. A lanyard can help keep everything in one place and within reach.

Lastly, while on the road or at your home packing and unpacking, you likely will not have the luxuries of appliances for all your cooking needs. We recommend having the following available for as much convenience as possible until you’re fully settled in again:

Keep Handy after Moving In Checklist

  • MOVING ESSENTIALS CHECKLISTSDish soap, dish towels, and paper towels
  • Cleaner (unopened)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Coffee, coffee filters and coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Jar of pasta sauce and pasta
  • Breakfast bars, peanut butter or cheese filled crackers
  • Mug, plate, fork, knife, spoon for each member of the family
  • All-purpose kitchen knife, can opener, and sauce pan
  • Scissors or box cutter
  • Nightlight
  • Flashlight/candles/matches
  • Toilet paper
  • Trash bags
  • First aid kit

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We hope you find this list of tips on how to pack for a move helpful in making sure you do not miss anything. To include those moving day essentials that will keep you as comfortable as possible mid-move. If you have any further insights, please feel free to share with us how you successfully packed for a move in the comments below. For more moving tips and information on how to prepare for a move, visit our resource blog!

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