When you're packing your house, you're also stowing the conveniences of home living. Pack a survival kit for the time you plan to do without, from loading to the first few days of unpacking. Long distance moves necessitate a kit mostly focused on the drive, which is taken with you. For moves spanning a few miles, a survival kit can be loaded with the rest of your boxes – just mark the box to be unloaded first.
To help in either situation, be sure you don't forget the following categories.
Pack your favorite and essential foodstuffs like coffee, tea, sandwiches and snacks. Stopping for these minor items during your unpacking or drive can become a major annoyance.
Pack your prescription medication. These are the most important items to have in your kit. Plan for cuts and scrapes during your move. They are more likely to happen than usual. Make sure you have band-aids, gauze, hydrogen peroxide and antibiotic ointments. It's also a good idea to pack mild pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen, and over-the-counter drugs for heartburn and upset stomachs.
Pack a change of clothes that will last throughout the duration of your move. Check your moving timeline. The clothing you'll need is dependent on how many days you'll be spending away from your belongings, or how many days you plan to unpack.
Stay clean when you're on the road or living out of a box. Pack the essentials: soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, etc. If your move doesn't involve motel stays, you should also have towels, washcloths and toilet paper at the ready. It's also a good idea to bring vitamins, especially if fast food will play a hefty part in your diet.
Plan for a mess. Whether it's in your new house or in your car, have cleaning supplies for quick clean-ups. Bring paper towels, a sponge, all-purpose cleaners, trash bags, etc. Bring other materials that prevent messes from happening: paper plates, plastic cups, napkins, small Tupperware containers, etc.
Pack a few tools. A pen and notepad will probably be the most used tools during your move. Keep other tools and accessories as light as possible. You should pack at least a multi-purpose tool like a Leatherman, a hammer, a folding utility knife and a screwdriver. Make sure you also have a flashlight and a few spare batteries. It's a good idea to pack some light bulbs too. If you're planning a long drive, check to see if you have a working jack, flares, tire iron and a spare.
Try to entertain your children as best you can. Keep favorite toys in reach. And pack video games, DVDs, coloring books, puzzles and books to stave your children's boredom.
A moving survival kit is as important as a moving timeline. Pack to meet the necessities of a regular lifestyle, even though your move makes it anything but. Don't worry, things will return to normal once you're unpacked.