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7 Must Have Packing Essentials for a Quick Move



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Packing and moving to a new house is both hectic and stressful, but at the same time, it is exciting. As the day finally comes near, your days get busier as you make lists, redo them, and sort out every pending task. But there are some vital steps to moving to make sure that you don’t face difficulties when you move. You will need some packing supplies throughout the packing process and after you move to your new home.

The following are the seven must-have packing essentials for a quick move:

A Moving Folder

From the moment you sign the papers for your new home, you need to start making a moving folder. Collect all the addresses, copies of the contract, your home’s purchasing paper, or rental papers. Keeping a hard copy in your hand is more beneficial than a digital copy. If any problem or questions arise when you move, your documents will help you out a lot. You will have all the details and proof of every contract you made and all the payments. So having a moving folder with a compilation of every vital document will save you from many hassles.

Packing Supplies

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It is an obvious essential, but keeping all packing essentials on hand will save you many troubles and trips to the store. Packing essentials include moving boxes, packing tape, tape dispenser, stretch wrap, bubble wrap, packing paper, box cutters and scissors, labels and markers, dividers, and garbage bags.

Having all these essentials at hand will mean that you can pack your things quickly and keep them safe. Keep bubble wraps and Styrofoam peanuts with you when you pack fragile items; when it comes to boxes, control boxes of all shapes and sizes. But each box should not exceed the weight limit of 50 pounds. Once you have packed all the essentials, make sure you dump all the garbage out.


If there is furniture at your home that you don’t need immediately in the new house or fragile items, you can take it out later. In that case, consider finding a storage facility near your home. The latest Self-storage units come with a climate control feature and added locks to prevent theft. Also, if you are making a long-distance move, Storing fragile items in a storage unit is best.

An Essentials Tool Kit

Before you empty your garage and pack each and everything, separate some essential tools you will need before and after the move. These tools include screwdrivers, ranch, hammer, grip pliers, nails, and screws. Having a few tools on hand means that you can easily take apart things from your home and put them back together in the new house. You won’t need to go through boxes of tools and other stuff to find a single screwdriver if you want to fix a squeaking door.

Cleaning Supplies

Leaving a messy home or apartment when you go is not even an option. You have to clean the space when you move out and clean the house you move into. So keep your cleaning supplies separate from all other boxes. Spare a couple of containers and pack all the essential cleaning supplies. That way, you can easily clean the place when you move in.

Kitchen Utensils

You can’t stop eating or drinking even when you have to move. Keep that in mind when you pack all of your kitchen utensils and crockery. Prepare a separate box of essential kitchen supplies that include a couple of knives, spoons, forks, plates, bowls, cups, glasses, and cooking pots. This box will help you set up a functioning kitchen immediately so that you won’t have to struggle with taking out and paper plates until you unpack everything.

Personal Care Items


You can’t unpack so quickly after a tiring move. So until then, you need to live in a place cluttered with several unpacked moving boxes. During that time, you will need immediate usage of personal items. So pack a box with the essential things that you may need daily. For example, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, soap, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and a hairbrush.


Necessary Clothing Items

You can’t unpack your whole wardrobe all at once when you move in. So separate some home and work clothes from your boxes and keep them in your essential items bag. Having a few clean clothes to change into when you’re tired and sweaty from the move will be a significant relief.


Moving is stressful, but keeping the points mentioned above in mind can help you make this process easier. It takes weeks to pack and then weeks to unpack a home. If you have all the necessary items on you, your move will become easier. Make sure that the packing anxiety does not override your joy of enjoying your new home.

Derek Lotts is a Sydney based writer and researcher, a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. He writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and business. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.

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