Moving can be hectic; there’s no doubt about it. To help reduce the stress of moving and arriving at your new home, it’s important not to pack any items you’ll need up until the very last minute. In the flurry of the move, help yourself stay organized and avoid any extra hassle by packing a “day of” box. Here’s what you need to know.
What’s a "Day Of" Box?
A “day of” box is a personal box, bag, or suitcase each family member fills with everyday items they can’t live without. You’ll continue to use these items up until you’ve completely moved out and unpack them first when you arrive at your new home.
Plan to carefully label your "day of" box to ensure it doesn’t accidentally get loaded into the moving truck. Ideally, you should keep this box of essentials with you throughout the duration of the move, transporting it in your car where it’s readily available at a moment’s notice.
If you keep your boxes of essentials with you, you shouldn’t have to make an emergency trip to the store, even if you arrive before the moving van. If you decide to pack your "day of" box in the moving truck, make sure it’s the very last box loaded so it can be the first one you unload.
What to Include in Your "Day Of" Box
Everyone has a slightly different list of essentials, so as you pack up in preparation for your move, think about what you’ll want access to until the very last moment and what you’ll need the day you arrive. Feel free to modify this list as needed, but here are the basics to get you started:
- Packing tape for last-minute boxes
- Scissors and box cutters for once you arrive
- Toilet paper
- Shower curtain
- Cleaning supplies, including a broom, paper towels, vacuum, multi-purpose cleaner, etc.
- Equivalent of an overnight bag with a change of clothes, a bath towel for each person, and toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, contact solution, etc.)
- Bedding or a sleeping bag for each person
- Chargers for personal electronics
- Dish soap
- Dishtowels and washcloths
- Instant coffee or tea bags
- Cutlery items for each person, including cups, plates, and silverware
- Non-perishable ingredients for a quick meal, such as bread and peanut butter, canned ravioli, or cereal
- Snacks, such as potato chips, granola bars, trail mix, and beef jerky
- Drinks, including bottled water and cans of soda
- Pet food and a dish to serve it in, if applicable
- Toys or books for the kids to stay entertained, if applicable
- Small first aid kit with bandages, medicine, antiseptic ointment, etc.
- Lighter or matches
- Garbage bags
- Pen and paper
- Moving documents and paperwork
Help Moving Day Go Smoothly
Whether you want to avoid the heavy lifting or you hope to make the moving process go faster with more people helping, your best bet is to hire a moving company. If you’re moving to or from the Washington, DC metro area, Georgetown Moving and Storage Company is here to help moving day go smoothly! We offer packing, storage, and moving services to take some of the stress off your shoulders as you prepare for the big day.
No move is too large or small for our team, so whether you need to relocate a few pieces of furniture across town or move your family of six across the country, we have you covered. Please give us a call at (703) 466-0575 to learn more about our Washington, DC metro area moving services.