Wherever you’re going and whatever the weather may be, no move would be complete without making sure you’ve packed your essentials box. if you're not sure what to include, then here our our 5 top tips for packing a winter essentials box...
An essentials box is exactly that – a box of essential items which will help to make moving day a little bit easier for all those involved; think kettles, snacks, phone chargers and toys for the children, etc.
If you’re preparing to move over the upcoming Christmas period then it’s important to remember that you’ll need to add a few key items when packing a winter essentials box:
- Kettle: A staple of any good essentials box, and one which we’d advise you to pack for any move! Being able to plug the kettle in as soon as you get to your new house will instantly make you feel at home – particularly when it’s cold outside. If you’re facing a long journey to your new house and won’t be stopping then fill some flasks up with tea, coffee or even some warming soup to keep you going until you get there.
- Tinned food: Likewise, it’s always a good idea to have some tins of food to hand. Cooking will be the least of your priorities once you’re finally in your new house, but all that energy burnt moving on a cold day will certainly work up an appetite. Make sure you have a few tins of soup or beans packed in your box – or anything else that can be heated up to provide a quick and easy meal while you concentrate on getting settled.
- A change of clothes: It goes without saying that if you’re moving in winter then the weather is likely to be less than favourable. Whether there be torrential rain, sleet, snow or ice come moving day, you’ll definitely appreciate having a fresh change of clothes to step into once you’re settled in your new house. Make sure everyone has their gloves, scarves and hats with them when you leave and perhaps even pack the car with some spare blankets and a hot water bottle or two if it’s particularly cold.
- Towels and toiletries: There’s no nicer way to warm up after a long day in the cold than in a hot shower or bath. Make sure you have some towels and basic toiletries included when packing a winter essentials box so that you can use the bathroom without having to hunt for anything when you’re tired at the end of the day.
- Snow shovel: An item which obviously won’t fit into your actual box, but necessary all the same! If the forecast predicts snow or heavy ice the week of your move then make sure you have a shovel and some grit at the ready with which to clear pathways - and don’t forget to check that your car is topped up and ready for the journey.
For more advice on what else to pack in your essentials box, read our guide on what to remember on moving day.