Buying a HomeSelling a Home November 16, 2022

Moving Day Survival Kit Instructions

How to Prepare For a Move

If you’re like most people, moving is right up there with doing your taxes and getting a root canal on your list of favorite activities. But it doesn’t have to be that way! With some preparation and organization, you can make your moving day go as smoothly as possible. Here are the essential items you’ll need for your moving day survival kit.

Moving day has a lot of moving parts. Everything you own is stored for transit, and finding one or two essential items can be a major headache, even if you are prepared and organized with labeled boxes. 

To make the day as smooth as possible, I advise my clients make a “Moving Day Survival Kit.” It’s surprising how helpful these items are when you first land at your new home. From paper plates and plastic flatware for lunch to toilet paper for obvious reasons, the Moving Day Survival Kit can be a real lifesaver as you sort out where the furniture and boxes need to be. Below is a list of what I recommend you pack in your Moving Day Survival Kit: 

  • Paper towels
  • Glass cleaner
  • Baby wipes
  • Sharpie marker
  • Duct or packing tape
  • Large garbage bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Tape measure
  • Picture hangers/anchors
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Pliers
  • Box cutters (at least two)
  • Scissors (at least two)
  • Hammer
  • Small level or download a leveling app on your smartphone
  • Plastic silverware
  • Paper plates
  • Disposable / Solo cups
  • Light bulbs in high & low wattage
  • Extension cord(s)
  • First-aid Kit

An inexpensive plastic bin is a great way to assemble and store the kit separate from your other possessions. Feel free to add/omit items as you see fit, but you’re sure to have everything covered with this list. 

Tips & Tricks for an Easy Move

According to, below are a few extra tips that will make moving day a little less stressful. 

  • Find free moving boxes at recycling drop-off points, as well as on Craigslist,, and Freecycle
  • Reuse original boxes for electronics and appliances
  • Schedule a donation pick-up for free. Remember to save donation receipts for tax season
  • Obtain quotes from at least three different moving companies
  • Have lots of water bottles on hand when moving
  • If you are hiring movers, take photos of your belongings before packing them
  • Color-code your moving boxes and household items with post-it notes
  • Bring a door stopper with you
  • Get extra cash to tip movers

Consider Moving to Prescott, AZ

If you want to move soon, consider moving to Prescott, Arizona. You will find countless activities to do in Prescott, including horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, local breweries, restaurants, and shopping. All of this, plus a hometown feel that keeps Prescott visitors, young and old, coming back year after year.

Once the territorial capital of the state, Prescott, Arizona, is rich with history embodied in its world-famous Whiskey Row, the historic courthouse, and abundant historical landmarks. Whether you’re seeking to relax in a natural environment filled with beauty and wildlife or the history of “Everybody’s Hometown,” you will find something that will interest you.  

Prescott is located in the Bradshaw Mountains at an altitude of 5,400 feet. The average high temperature in the winter in Prescott is around 52 degrees and averages 89 in the summer. There are approximately 43,000 people in Prescott, but the surrounding “Quad-City” area of Dewey-Humboldt, Chino Valley, and Prescott Valley and the smaller towns of Mayer, Paulden, and Wilhoit, comprise around 103,000 people. 

Give Our Team A Call

If you’re in the process of moving, be sure to have a survival kit on hand! You can make your move much smoother by packing essentials like snacks, water, and entertainment. And if you want to sell your house, call our team. We would love to help you find your next home,   The Plane Team (928) 830-6976.