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An essential checklist for moving in to a new home

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by Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

Cardboard, bubble wrap, and newspaper. That’s what I’ve been up to my eyeballs in this past week as we’ve slowly been moving in to our new-yet-temporary home. It feels really good to finally be using some of our own stuff again instead of squatting at other people’s homes — but it doesn’t make moving any less chaotic.

My husband and I have moved seven times in seven years of marriage. Two of those moves have been major transatlantic moves, hauling our small smattering of earthly possessions 6,000 miles each way. Two others have been cross-country moves, trekking a moving truck 1,000 miles each way. This is simply to say that we’ve been through most everything when it comes to moving.

Yet each time, I forget about those basic things you want to have on hand that first week, when I honestly don’t know where anything is. Every move I make, I’m reminded of that feeling of chaos, of helplessness, of not being able to do the most basic of things (drink of water, anyone?) without certain items within arm’s reach.

So here’s my list of those absolutely essential things you want to have on hand from Day 1 of moving into a new place. These are the things you’ll want to bring in your first load, and will want to locate easily all throughout the moving process.

Basic to human survival


Photo by Pascal

• water — If you can drink water straight out of the faucet, consider yourself blessed. If you need some sort of filtering system to make it palatable, bring a Brita pitcher. If your water is laced with arsenic, as it was in our most recent host country, then find out STAT how to find water you can drink without poisoning yourself.

• cups or bottles for drinking water

• sippy cups for your little ones

• dried snacks that don’t require utensils

• basic food stuffs — bread, peanut butter, apples, nuts, crackers, granola, yogurt, and milk do the trick for our family.

• nonbreakable plates, bowls, and utensils — It’s nice to not worry about storing your regular dishes somewhere where kids can’t accidentally knock them over (and with boxes everywhere, chances are high). Picnicware is great for this.

• napkins

So that you can actually function


Photo by Linus Bohman

• flashlights

• keys

• cell phones

• a designated spot for flashlights, keys, and cell phones – Amidst the chaos, these things are easily lost. Claim one counter or shelf as the place for all of these things.

• light bulbs

• toilet paper

• money

Cleaning supplies


Photo by Barret Anspach

• paper towels and/or cloth rags

• all-purpose cleaner*

• glass cleaner*

• floor cleaner*

* Shameless plug — I’ve got homemade recipes for these — and tons more — in my ebook

• bucket

• sponges

• broom

• dustpan

• basic towels for the kitchen

In order to spend the night in your new place


Photo by Andy

• bedding for the kids — pillows, blankets, and some sort of pallet (a mattress on the floor, a sleeping bag, whatever). Include their “thing” they have to sleep with, such as a blankie or stuffed animal. It would be a long night without those in our home.

• curtains for the kids’ room — If your kids wake at sunrise, do your best to outfit their room with curtains as soon as possible.

• jammies for the kids

• change of clothes for the kids — Actually, you might want several changes on hand, if you think they may get messy throughout the day.

• favorite toys and books for the kids — Just a few of their best-loved items to keep them occupied and happy.

• nightlights for the kids — If they need them

• bedding for the adults

• jammies for the adults

• one hand towel per bathroom

• one bath towel per person

• basic toiletries — toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, and the like

I can’t say we’ve remembered all of this ahead of time for this current move of ours, but we’ve done fairly well. If you’ve got a move on the horizon, perhaps this list will get you going for those first few days of “survival mode” in your new place.

You’ve all moved before… What would you add to this list?



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  1. After 3 years of marriage, my husband and I have been blessed to only have to move once and that was not a long distance. But one thing that I would recommend if you are having friends or family help you move would be to make sure that you know where they are placing all of the boxes! Even though I was trying to organize everything as it came in the door, we still lost half of our bath towels and dishes! How does that happen, I don’t know. Label EVERY box clearly and don’t let any one except you put the contents away. Even if you trust them with other aspects of your life.

  2. We just finished up our ninth move in seven years with one back and forth across the ocean. I hate moving. Good list – I actually have nothing to add besides trash bags. I always forget and have to run to the store to get them. Good luck settling in and getting unpacked.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Happy Saint Patties Day =-.

  3. GREAT list!! I have not moved in a while, but we are putting out house on the market in a few weeks. I am going to print this one – that is for sure. I am so disorganized right now just getting the house ready! THANKS for the help!
    .-= lynn @ Maven of Savin´s last blog ..FREE Martha Stewart Magazine – HURRY! =-.

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    Katherine says:

    We just moved last month, and all of my children were sick within 3 days! I would add basic medicines to the list–children’s Tylenol and Motrin, children’s cough/cold medicine, dispensers and tissues. ;)

  5. avatar
    Catherine S. says:

    Thank you for this, Tsh. We are putting our house on the market next week and hope to move sometime this summer. The last time we moved was 9 years ago – from tiny apartment to this house and with no kids. Now we will be moving (and therefore packing and unpacking) our entire two story house with four kids in tow! I admit I am terrified and I am in awe of you for having done it so many times!

  6. I asked a friend to come and help out with the unpacking. She took charge and unpacked the kitchen glassware, dishes, and silverware and then put all the bedding on our beds. This was perfect – so helpful. Anytime I know of someone moving, I recommend that they find someone to help with these things. That way the helper(s) only focus on those things, whereas I was running after children and directing movers.

  7. What a great and comprehensive list. In our 9 years of marriage, we have lived in six different houses and three different countries. Moving is not fun! The only thing I would add would be a camera and a stroller! Good luck in your move!!

  8. We’re military and we move a lot… So, I can say with confidence that this is a great list!

    Something I’d add (though it might be a stretch to call it essential, though we always want it): a corkscrew! After the first day of slogging through boxes, making up beds, and everything else, we really enjoy a glass of wine when we get the little people tucked in bed!

  9. This reminds me of when my husband and I were moving into our first real apartment together. We lived in one he was subletting for the first couple of weeks were married and then moved off to his first job. We forgot to have the water turned on! So we had a night with no water. Water is definitely high on our list of priorities now. I recently wrote a piece on how important water is as a beverage.
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Save Up To $50 Per Month on Drinks =-.

  10. what a great list! we’re moving cross-country this weekend (packing up the kitchen as we speak) and i wouldn’t have thought to leave the brita pitcher accessible. granted, our tap water will be potable, but still…it’s nice to have cold water in the fridge.

    did you *really* have arsenic in your tap water?! that sounds so outrageous to me, and i’ve lived overseas in an underdeveloped country…wow.
    .-= katherine´s last blog ..meet me in…atlanta? =-.

  11. We learned the hard way that you want to have a shower curtain that first night, as well as a curtain for the bathroom if the window looks right into your new neighbor’s, as ours did.

    Also learned the hard way to not delay on securing large cabinets and bookcases to the wall as they are much easier for kids to tip over when empty.

    Best thing we ever did in our cross-country move was come out without the kids and unpack the whole house. We left the kids with my parents, then went back to get them. Not always possible, but you can get the unpacking done so much faster without little feet around!

  12. Ohhhhhhhhhh man! I feel ya! Hubby and I have moved 9 times in 8 years and it STINKS!!!!!!!!!!! Looks like you know the drill well! Next time I move I’ll come back to your list so I don’t forget anything–cuz I always do!
    .-= Rachel- The Kooky Queen´s last blog ..The Pyro Pygmy =-.

  13. As far as cleaners go, if you have nothing else go to the store and get a gallon of white vinegar. I use it for absolutely everything, even a rinse aide when I wash clothes, and to rinse vegetables with. I’ve even used it to get stains out of clothes. Its cheap too
    And as for food I totally agree with you, bread, peanut butter, and honey. For PB honey sandwiches. Its easy its quick and none of those ingredients need to be refrigerated.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Toll booth =-.

  14. PS-Great post, it sure would have come in handy the first few times I moved. I’ve moved 6 times in as many years. Though never more than 60 miles ;D
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Toll booth =-.

  15. We’re in the midst of a move as well (moving in a week from Monday), so I’m so glad you posted this! A few of those things hadn’t (and I don’t think would have) occurred to me, even though we’ve done this 3 times in the last 13 months alone. I’ll be glad to stay put for a while! :)
    .-= Krystal´s last blog ..Thanks a Lot, Punxsutawney Phil! =-.

  16. You have uncanny timing! We’re moving next week! This is very helpful. Thanks! :)

  17. This is such a great list! I have moved so many times and forgotten things. I am itching to move again. ;)

  18. Great article, I wished we had made use of some of this advice right before taking the photo you used to illustrate it with.

    Please either give attribution or remove the image.

    Thank you!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mojodenbowsphotostudio/2611376041/

    • It’s a sweet shot, Chris! I see your credit, though, it’s at the bottom of the post.
      .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Balanced Meals for Kids: Not Until You Eat Your Vegetables =-.

      • Thank you for pointing it out to me, Aimee. I feel embarrassed. Now if we can just delete that comment…=)

        • I don’t think there is a need to be embarrassed. I like the strength of your comment and it has caused me to think about the value of what we create and what is missed or lost when it is not recognized properly. I am going to be more aware of how people handle this in the blogs I read. If proper credit is not given, I think it is best to delete them from my favorites/bookmark list. I don’t want to become a supporter of plagerism or the theft of the creative work of others.

          Although credit was given at the end of the post, I have noted the following considerations:
          – The credit at the end of the blog is virtually invisible to me because by the time I got to the end of the post I was not thinking about the pictures even though they added interest to the information presented .
          – The font size of the credit is so small that it is virutally invisible to me and easily overlooked. How does a blogger to give credit that is visible, at the right place, and not impact the flow of the blog?
          – Why is just the first picture without a credit when all of the others are credited? Now that I am thinking about this, I would have assumed that the first picture was the work of the author of the blog.
          – Does the attribution “photo source” at the end of the post apply to all of the pictures or just the one without a credit? If I access the link, how am I to know the purpose of the link given the inconsistency of the credits?

          This is giving me a headache considering the overwhelming responsibilities bloggers face each time they publish.

          • I don’t want to rabbit trail on this post’s topic, but just so you know, it’s only been recently that I’ve been attributing the top photos this way. It has to do with the theme’s layout — when it becomes a teaser with a thumbnail after a new post is published, it becomes the first sentence of every blog post. Not awesome for SEO or reader interest reasons. That said, I totally and completely acknowledge the need to properly credit someone’s work, and am willing to do that if needed. I’m not the best at coding, but I do my own work, so I can look into a good option that will allow the photo’s credit to be next to the photo, while not translating into plain text into the post.

            Thanks for the interest. Moving on… :)

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            Chicago Riot says:

            Hi, my name is Paula and I’m a complete buzzkill. I sit around overanalyzing blogs and being a pathetic moron who overdramatizes useless details and acts self-righteous in the process. I’m never happy, but I’m even more unhappy when I’m not making others unhappy.

            You’re an idiot.

  19. Married almost seven years and we have moved eight times. A couple times in with family and 3/4 stuff went into storage, that was really hard with kids. I consider myself a pro at moving and I think you hit the nail on the head. I think it goes without saying but I will say it, don’t forget toilet paper :)

    I also really like the plastic wrap rolls to help pack. It is an easy way to protect and keep small items together, like a jewelry box wrap with plastic wrap instead of sticky tape.

    Good luck with the move
    .-= Keilah´s last blog ..A Much Needed Prayer =-.

  20. Tsh, COFFEE. It’s absolutely a basic to survival around here, especially the morning after the move. =)
    A mother who is properly caffeinated is a better mother, in my books. The last two times we’ve moved I’ve carried our Bodum in my purse along with ground coffee.

    Excellent check-list, otherwise. It could have come in handy a few months ago for us!! Best of luck with your move.

    Oh, we still don’t have a blind or curtains up in the baby’s room; good thing he’s a sleeper, because that morning sun comes in awfully early!
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Balanced Meals for Kids: Not Until You Eat Your Vegetables =-.

  21. Tsh, huge thanks for the list. We’ll be moving in exactly 30 day to our first house… Needless to say I’m really exited.

    As a former marine wife I did my fair share of moves. And for the first five years of our marriage we had to move seven times from small apartment to smaller apartment so we were really minimalist. Two years in our current apartment and now I have more stuff that I know what to do with (it doesn’t help that my younger sister left all her stuff at our home for us to watch over while she traveled). This list is a great idea. I add a couple things our family might need.
    .-= Fabiola´s last blog ..Amelia’s sleeping routine =-.

  22. avatar
    becca l. says:

    I feel like I’ve become a pretty seasoned mover, although we’ve only moved 3 times in the last seven years, they were big cross-country moves. And we’re doing another one this summer. blah.

    I try to keep a really comprehensive list of what I’ve packed in each box (with some very basic room color-coding) on my computer. I write the box number and basic contents on the box. We sort the boxes by room and then when I’m looking for my bathrobe, I just hit the control-f on my computer and voila! I know exactly where my bathrobe is! It has been a nice system to have in previous moves.

    Thanks for your list! Ah, I wish I were you right now–we’re still looking for housing, still need to pack up and clean, still need to drive the truck a bajillion miles…moving is crazy.

  23. A kettle, mug and teabags are the first three things I unpack!
    .-= Christie´s last blog ..Question: How Long is a Roll of Tape? =-.

  24. …while I think the list is great, what *I* really want to know is who makes that wooden shape sorter! :)

  25. shower curtain and rings stashed with your bathroom toiletries. there have been sooooo many times that we’ve finally been done with the day’s moving and hauling and we are ready for our showers and… what? wait! “does anyone remember what box the shower curtains are packed in?” its that or someone ends up making a run out to buy a liner somewhere.
    .-= aneelee´s last blog ..CSA – march 12 =-.

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    Heatherj says:

    We are getting ready for a cross country move ~ again. We have professional movers coming to pack and load us, and if you’ve ever had a team of packers come, you know it is like a tornado whipping through each room. My advice is to clean out the bathrooms, put animals in one bathroom, complete with food/water/litterbox, etc. In the other bathroom, put all the things you listed above, including personal items you don’t want them to touch/move. Then, tell them to NOT go into the bathrooms and put a sign on each door to make sure they don’t!
    What we like to have on hand, in addition to your wonderful list, is Tylenol for the headache you know is coming. Wet wipes (wasteful, but necessary!). A vacuum cleaner. One giant zippered notebook (The Brain) that has all necessary phone numbers and such for your move. Zippering keeps anything from falling out. One fold-up, mesh laundry basket.
    Another tip ~ get just one room completely put together early in the unpacking stage so you can have that room as a haven of normalcy to visit when you think you’re gonna lose your mind!
    Thanks for your list. Perfect timing :o)

  27. Great post, Tsh. Wish I’d had it last December, when I moved, but will refer to it next time (though I’m hoping that won’t be for a LONG time!)

  28. How about a little something to celebrate the first night in your new home? Maybe a couple of cupcakes with candles or a little wine for mom and dad. Anything simple to celebrate having made it this far.
    .-= Tina @ Ride On Toys´s last blog ..The Little Tykes Wagon For Your Little Folks =-.

  29. We’ve moved quite a bit in the last 2 years. You certainly do learn from each move.

  30. That list is very comprehensive, thank you. Moving can be really stressful unless you are REALLY organized!

  31. I wish I had read something like this a couple of years ago!
    Great article.

  32. Great list. I would add medicine/first aid supplies and trash bags.

  33. this will come in super handy for our next pcs, especially since hub wants to do a DITY move! i think coffee and a coffee maker would also be an essential for us. no marine i know can make it a day without coffee! thanks for putting this up! :)
    .-= genevieve´s last blog ..yay, ruarc! =-.

  34. Some great advice Tsh! I’ve moved 10 times in 10 year of marriage and my motto is label, label, label!!! I’ve also found that the sooner I can get the kids rooms organised the quicker they tend to settle in which lets me get more done. I also put clean sheets on the beds a day or so before we move so that all that linen can all go straight into a box marked BED LINEN FOR TONIGHT! Makes for a quick easy find and a good night’s sleep. Hope I don’t have to use any of this advice in the near future but happy moving to all of you about to take the next step in life’s adventure!!!

  35. Great list! I’m about to move in 2 month, so I’ll keep it.
    Good luck in your move!

  36. I have moved too many times to count, but fortunately have stayed in one general area of the US – the East Coast.

    Don’t forget chargers.

    Also, if you have the option of storing less needed items at someones house, do it! For example, in our past move, we took our valuable/breakable items (that we would be sad to see destroyed) to my inlaws. Their shed housed our artwork and wall hangings for a few weeks while we settled. These large items would have just been in the way if they joined us on day one of the move.

  37. avatar
    Danielle says:

    A lamp for that one room (or more!) that may lack any form of overhead lighting…and you didn’t notice! And a shower curtain for the post-move cool down shower.

  38. Due to a military career and a move overseas for my husband’s PhD, we have moved 13 times in 16 years of marriage. Whew! There are great suggestions on this list, to which I would add your phone/address book (if you’re still using a paper version!), the chargers for cell phones, and your TV/DVD/Stereo remotes. We inevitably forget where we’ve put these and although TV isn’t crucial to our lives, music is!

  39. When my husband and I moved into our first apartment we didn’t have anything to open the heavy duty packing tape we used to secure all the boxes for our move, so we went to the store for scissors. Except we ended up buying a multi scissor set that came in a super sturdy package that we couldn’t open without.. well scissors! good thing my dad was on his way and has a pocket knife!!

  40. Thorough list, Tsh! I don’t have any intention of moving anytime soon (please, don’t make me move again!), but when I do, I’ll come back to this.

    In all of our moves, I found that the most helpful thing I ever did was to create a binder with a tracking system for each and every box we packed. Every room had it’s own page, and I numbered each box. So I had Kitchen 1, Kitchen 2, etc. I wrote these down on the Kitchen page, and jotted down a few notes about what was in each box. It was incredibly helpful to be able to see at a glance which box had what. No more guessing.

    I didn’t realize that your move had happened so fast, but I hope that it’s been going well and it isn’t too stressful. Take care of yourself, ok? Blessings!
    .-= Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home´s last blog ..Winner of the Eco Nuts Organic Laundry Soap Giveaway =-.

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      Rachel P. says:

      I love this idea! We are moving from Virginia to Colorado in June/July and I think this is a great way to pack up super essential areas of the home (ie, Family Room, Kitchen, Master Bedroom/bath and craft area). Our upcoming move is a “no-touch” move, but I think I need to control things a bit more, so I will pre-pack the essential areas of our home.

  41. What a great article. We have moved 13 times in 18 years of marriage so I can totally relate! I would add a few things to your list:
    -Pen & Paper – so you can write things down that you need to repair, buy ,etc…
    -Box cutters – to open up the moving boxes
    -Packing tape – to be able to tape up boxes you want to restore, etc…

  42. having just found out we are moving cross country again (this is the 2nd time this in the last 6 months!) i am gearing up for the craziness of moving a family of six (four kids under 6 years)!! thank you for this guide. i love the celebratory glass of wine at the end of the first night. a great plan we implemented this past move in october was to have someone keep the kids and the other someone direct the movers. that way mama didn’t pull her hair out. thanks to my dad who came up to help me and kept the mover’s busy while i ran around with the kids! cheers to those who strive to keep it simple. each move i endeavor to purge and give away anything we havn’t used in a year – i guess this time its whatever we havn’t used in 6 months! you could say that being a military wife can lead to a simple life?:)

  43. Amazing blog Tsh… Especially this one as have just moved into new home in London and the info about water was most helpful. Thankyou

  44. I am living in my first apartment in over 25 years (lived in homes). I love it. It has taken some adjustments, but nothing earth shattering………I live in a wonderful community. The apartment in up to par and the special thing about our complex is the grounds. They are gorgeous and they are well kept. Check everything out before you move in and you should have a pleasant time………….

  45. Great ideas. I am living in my first apartment in over 25 years. I have always lived in single family homes. I love my apartment and they are especially well taken care of. The best value for the money in my area.

  46. I am so glad I found your site! It’s so wonderful, and I love this entry. We’re in the middle of moving house, and it’s my first time to undertake such a task. Thankfully, it was a pretty OK move considering it was the first time we were moving into a new place. I wish I had discovered this entry sooner, but it turns out that I did a good number of these tasks during the move (Pat on the back.).

    I’ll be sure to stay tuned to your blog!

  47. I have just moved house and I’m still finding random things packed together in boxes. I didn’t have the foresight many moves seem to have given you either.

    My first night in the new house I had no food & all the shops were shut. My first morning in the new house no shower get or toilet paper. Suffice to say I’m bookmarking you article.

    p.s. I now have food, shower get and toilet paper.

  48. That is a great list. My wife stresses out just having to pack for a weekend so this would really help her when we move.

    Moving can be so terribly stressful, but if you are organized it is much better.

  49. This is a great list. Me & my husband have both owned a home (as single people). I moved to his house when we got married 6mths ago. Due to the size, half of my stuff is still at my old house. We’re closing on a new house and will essentially have to move two homes . So, I decided to google this topic. Thank you so much for putting it out there.

    The only thing I see missing from the list is prayer. For those who believe in God don’t get so tired on the first night that you forget to pray for removal of any negativity from the previous owners. And peace and happiness for you in your new home.

    • After 8 years in one place, I do believe in praying: about the move, the house we are leaving and the new house and community we are moving to. I want a smooth transition and I need God’s help with it all.
      Thanks for the check list.

  50. You did a great and comprehensive list.I would like to personally convey my gratitude and thanks to this particular website.
    Thank you to be sure for all I learned, have a rest guaranteed I will share them to whoever is willing to be allocates.
    God Bless and more power!

  51. GREAT list!! This would really be a big help for me. Cheryl is right! Prayer is the best thing in all times of you doings.

  52. GREAT list! I’m an Army Brat and we must have moved a hundred times (it seems so at least!). The worst move times were moving overseas and we had to wait a month or so for our household goods to arrive, but my mom always made sure we had something to entertain us (oh if only hand-held gaming devices were around back then!). I’m sure my mom had moving down to a science after the first few times, but there are a few items on your list that I wouldn’t have thought to include/bring on the trip. Nicely done!

  53. I am a veteran mover, but I haven’t moved with small children before, so I love the tips. One thing I always do is pack the kitchen last and unpack it first. Just makes it easier when you are ready for breakfast the next morning..

  54. Your list is great, but it would be nice if you had a printable PDF checklist at the end so we can just check things off as we go.

  55. Great list. I’ve moved over 15 times as a Naval Officer and then as a civilian in the past 12 years. One thing I always found to be essential was an alarm clock. I also always brought a coffee maker.

  56. avatar
    Nebraskaland Moving says:

    You have shared very valuable and practical information about moving. It is easy to understand and apply which goes to show that you really know what you are talking about. Being one of the moving companies Lincoln NE, we understand the challenges that come with moving but with these tips here, the moving experience can be more memorable and less stressful.

  57. My last move had a 3 week delay between houses, so was a little tricky. We had some things in a container, some in storage, and some at a friend’s house. The one thing I did to maintain sanity is to use blue painter’s tape on all the “urgent” boxes that we would need to survive in the first few weeks, so that we could unpack them and the rest could wait until we had time. Also, I had a broken wrist during the move, so keeping the essential unpacking to a minimum was crucial :)

  58. I have moved a lot in my life, but not as much with kids as our oldest is 5. We just bought a house and are moving in a couple weeks, so we’re off to move again! One thing I’ve learned is that you need a place for the kids to nap or have some quiet down time, so a pack & play with their favorite blanket is essential for our 2 year old. If you’re able to have a friend watch the kids the whole day, that is much better so that they’re (and you’re) not worn out with all the craziness of moving day.

  59. Just to be safe, I would add foggers to this list, just in case there are any creepy crawlies that the landlord missed!

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    Laura Lockley says:

    Thanks, this has helped a lot. My husband and I will be married for a year on July 6 and were still trying to find a house, but this will help with us having a newborn.

  61. Great list! I would add a shower curtain, dish soap and dish towel (if not using disposable) and condiments (salt, pepper etc…) We always bring condiment packets.

  62. Wow, I love this! Soon this coming new year I am planning to my new apartment and I guess, i’m needing this. Thanks.

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    Valerie Tower says:

    Excellent list! Thank you!

  64. Best place to get boxes is your grocery store! Ask to speak to dairy and ask them to hold egg boxes for you. They’re perfect size and free!

  65. What a great list and great feedback. I am moving to a new house so I really appreciate the heads up. A couple of things I would like to add are: phone charger, a change of clothing for any kiddo’s mess. Diappers and wipes!!, Soy milk (it does need to refrigerate until open), few paper blinds. They are cheap $5 a piece for moving to a new built home.
    Thank you for the great advise!

  66. On a similar note as Kristen, I have to add a bottle opener! We desperately needed one our first night and were lucky to find one. Another essential is dish soap! I have been washing dishes in the bathtub because we’re renovating, but it is vital either way!

  67. GREAT list! This is a fantastic checklist for anyone moving or even just traveling with kids. Also, when you’re moving, check local liquor stores for boxes. They’re super sturdy and their size is super manageable!

  68. Great tips! These are very essential items to have when you move. It’s also good to pack some of the bathroom items last and unpack them first.

  69. Love this! Keeping things organized and planning ahead is essential to making your transition smooth.

  70. this is great advice thanks me and my boyfriend are moving together from southern California to a little town in Kansas on a small budget so we have to have everything before hand because there is no coming back for it. its very nerve wrecking this isn’t my first move but it is my first one where my mom isn’t making sure everything is done right, im on my own for doing that so any advice helps

  71. Tsh,

    What a list!
    Finally a detailed list of essencial survival items you must have when moving with your kids. as an ex mover, i have discovered while reading your post how much of these important things i didn’t know from a mover’s point of view!
    You brought to light what the moving guides made by movers are not explaining you – how to take care of your love ones while moving from a mum’s point of view.
    These days I’m not a mover anymore but still in the moving industry working as a blogger and content writer. i will share your article at my blog “Howtopackforamove.com” so my readers can get that fine list!

    Thank you,
    Aleks

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