How to prepare an essentials box for moving from CA

If you’ve ever moved before, you know how annoying it can be to rummage through your boxes when you need to find something in a hurry. That’s why you should always prepare an essential box for moving before the move starts. Even when you hire the best long distance moving companies Bay Area, you need to have some items on you. Yes, professional movers will deliver your items as soon as possible, but even that may not be fast enough. In essence, the box should contain items you’ll need for the first day or two after the move, and the night before the move. So, take a pen and paper and start making a list of the items you need before you start packing.

Clothes and bedding

You don’t want to wear the same clothes for three days straight, right? Especially if you’ll be getting sweaty and dirty during the move. Local movers Fremont CA will do most of the work, but you’ll still need to do some labor yourself. That’s why an essential box for moving should include a change of clothes (and enough underwear, of course). However, the aim is not to have a huge box you have to drag around. Think of the weather and pack as light as you can. Do the same with bedding – pack only as much you need. If the weather is hot, you can skip heavy blankets and similar items.

How to prepare an essentials box for moving.
You essential box should include the clothes you’ll need.

Toiletries and other essentials

You should always have toiletries on you. Put the basics in the box – toothbrushes, soap, and the like. You don’t need to pack everything. You can do without shampoo and conditioner for two days, right? The aim is to pack light. For instance, you may love music, but you wouldn’t consider a piano an essential item. You’d let piano movers Fremont CA take care of it. It’s an extreme example, but you get the point. Further, before your prepare an essential box for moving, think of where you’ll eat. We recommend you eat out for a few days. However, if that’s not your plan, then you’ll need to bring enough food to last you the first few days.


Electronics are definitely essential in the modern era. Naturally, you should include it in your box. You will carry some items on your person – most likely a phone – but the rest go in the essential box. Think of what you’ll need for work or to take care of business and place it inside. Once again, try to pack light. A laptop and tablet are essential, but a TV is not. If you’ll be taking electronics that have batteries, remember to take them out before packing. And don’t forget to include chargers.

Woman working on a laptop at a table.
When you prepare an essentials box for moving, remember to include the devices you need for work.

Documents and medicine

Finally, when you prepare an essential box for moving, you need to include your crucial meds and documents. You can keep some of your documents on your person (in your handbag, wallet, etc.). However, if you’ll need the deed to your new house or some other contract, remember to include it. And, of course, your meds. They need to be close at hand so pack them last and put them on the top of the box. Better yet, put them in a separate container within the essential box. And here’s a final tip – label the box as essential. That way, Go Movers will know to deliver it first. After all, what’s the point of preparing an essential box if you don’t have access to it?


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