Essential Items for Moving Day

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Essential Items for Moving Day


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Moving house is all about effective planning, from ensuring that you’ve got a professional removals team on board (such as Chappell’s Removals) to preparing your new home for habitation.

Although a good removals company will be on hand to take care of the preparation and transporting of your belongings, with so much going on it can be easy to forget about things that you might need to hand on the day of the move.

Moving can be a long process that might not end until well into the evening, meaning that unpacking might be postponed until the morning. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of essential items that you will need to have access to on moving day…

Overnight Bag

The simplest approach to putting together a moving day bag is to pretend you’re going on holiday for a couple of days. This gets you thinking about those essentials that you can’t go without for 24 hours. Start with toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, and shower products), a change of clothes and chargers for any phones and electrical items.

Accessible cash to cover any costs, such as a takeaway on the first night with all of your cooking equipment still boxed and no food in the fridge is always a good idea.

First Aid Kit

If you or any of the people helping out with your move have the misfortune to suffer an injury, being able to get at first aid, such as bandages and plasters, is vital. Cuts and scratches can easily occur while moving boxes around, so leave this bit to the professionals at Chappell’s Removals.

Similarly, if you are on any medication that you need to take regularly, ensure that you have this to hand.

Cleaning Materials/Tools

Depending on how much time you’ve been able to spend in your new home before the move, there could still be a few little jobs that need doing before you can unpack. For example, keep a duster, a cloth and some disinfectant to hand to give all the surfaces a once over before placing possessions on them.

If required, having some tools accessible could be useful if there are shelves to be put up or nails to be removed/hammered into the wall to hang pictures.  


It may sound like an obvious one, but the keys for your new home might not already be on your keyring, meaning that they won’t be among those items that you habitually put into your pocket before leaving the house. Arriving at your new home and having to dig through piles of boxes for the key isn’t the most relaxing start to the day!

Other Considerations

If small children are going to be involved in moving day, ensure that you have things to entertain them with when the boredom inevitably sets in, as well as snacks to keep them going.

Having a couple of light bulbs to hand could also be useful, as the ones currently installed in your new home could be coming to the end of their lifespan – you don’t want to be unpacking in the dark!


Chappell's Removals are the leading providers of domestic and commercial removals and storage services in the South East, carrying out work throughout the UK and abroad. Our team specialise in the careful packing and preparation of all household items ready for transit, no matter how delicate.

With over 40 years in the industry, we have the experience to ensure that every stage of your move, from the build-up right through to moving day and beyond, goes smoothly and without a hitch. Get in touch today for more information.

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