Many homeowners make the mistake of packing away items that they actually need during the move. Moving homes can be both stressful and exciting, and the weeks leading up to the big move are filled with big to-do lists, so you can have everything in order when the big day comes.

One thing that can help greatly in reducing stress during your move is to prepare a moving essentials kit. This kit will contain everything you need on the move day so you won’t be running around looking for necessities while unpacking at your new home.

If you’ve got everything you need in an easily accessible kit, you can make things less chaotic for yourself and others. Every household is different but there are some items that are important to have access to no matter what. Take note of these moving essentials to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible.

Clean Bedding and Pillows
Stripping your bed is one of the last things you should do when loading up your moving truck. If the linens are clean enough, pack them separately and then when you arrive at your new home you can make the bed. You’ll thank yourself later!

Cleaning Supplies
Sometimes you’re lucky in that you have access to your new home before the big move in day, so you can prep ahead by cleaning the space before you arrive with all your things. But even if this is the case, it’s always helpful to have a few essential cleaning supplies at hand on the day of. You should be expecting dirt and other debris to get tracked inside the home during the hustle and bustle. You should keep some basic cleaning supplies like: sponges, hand soap, paper towels, all purpose cleaner, rags and a broom and dustpan. Oh, and don’t forget the toilet paper!

Toolkit & Flashlight
If you had to disassemble any furniture for the move, this is where having a toolkit can be mighty useful at your new house so you can put everything back together right away. And you’ll never know if you need a tool for something that comes up, so it’s great to have everything on hand.

Paper, Writing Utensils, Tape & Scissors
You should label your boxes with the rooms they belong to as you pack. This can help keep you and your movers more organized. You can also leave yourself a note of things that need to be done, or things you don’t to forget, which is why it will be handy to keep some writing utensils and paper in reach.

Other miscellaneous things you might pack in your kit include: phone chargers, Bluetooth speaker, snacks, water and a small overnight bag with toiletries and PJs.

By following these moving essentials kit guidelines, you’ll have everything you need while you are in the process of moving, so you don’t need to worry about having every last box unpacked on the same day. And you won’t have to go searching for things that are packed away in boxes.