Thrifty Moving: Make a Moving Day Kit


It’s moving day, your truck is half loaded. You scratched your arm on the edge of a box and have a pounding headache. To make matters worse, you need to take your bed frame apart but can’t find a screwdriver to save your life.

You know you have all those items, but can’t remember where they were packed in that sea of brown boxes. So what do you do? You run to the nearest store and buy all the things you need.

The easiest way to prevent this last minute, emergency and impulse spending is to have everything you could possibly need in one place. The best way I’ve found to do this is to assemble a moving day kit.

I’ve actually seen these “moving day kits” sold online, which is ridiculous. I was able to put ours together with things I found around the apartment. Check it out:

Here’s what the kit contains:

  • First Aid Kit
  • OTC Pain Medication
  • OTC Allergy Medication
  • Tools (hammer, hex keys, screwdrivers, box cutter, etc)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Flashlight
  • Tape
  • Notepad
  • Pen/Marker
  • Umbrella (they keep changing our weather forecast)
  • Papertowels
  • Moist Wipes
  • Garbage Bags

We were lucky to have a travel first aid kit on hand, but obviously if you don’t then you don’t have to go out and buy one. A ziploc bag with bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze, or whatever else you’d need should suffice.

Other things you may want to include:

  • Paper Plates/Cups/Cutlery
  • A deck of cards (for possible downtime)
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Specific Medications you may need
  • Anything else that will help with your move!

Put it all in a convenient carrying bag. We have ours in an old backpack which can be tossed in the truck and taken with us from location to location.

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