What to Pack Last

Here’s a list of the items you’ll be using on moving day – at your old place and your new place. Reserve a couple of cartons for these last-minute items, plus other things you’ll need immediately upon arrival at your new home.


  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, etc.
  • First-aid kit
  • Aspirin or pain reliever
  • Medications and eyeglasses


  • Baby/child needs


  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver and hammer
  • Tape and dispenser
  • Work gloves
  • Extension cords
  • Batteries
  • Basic cleaning supplies and paper towels
  • Broom, dustpan and small vacuum
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Light bulbs
  • Flashlight


  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower curtain and rings


  • Dish soap, dishcloth and dish towel
  • Kettle or coffee maker
  • Instant coffee/tea, powdered milk/creamer and sugar
  • Snacks
  • Plastic or disposable plates, cups and eating utensils


  • Bedding and linens
  • Alarm clock


  • Local phone book
  • Map of the new area


  • Pet supplies

Keep these items handy and you won’t be stressed out trying to find basics on moving day.