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First Night Survival Kit for Movers

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Despite the best of efforts, moving to a new home often is subject to Murphy’s Law – “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Never is this old adage more at play than on a family’s first night in a new home, hungry, sweaty and too exhausted to unpack. But a little pre-planning can help assure that your first night’s stay will be a comfortable one.

McKendree Moving & Storage offers this list of first-night essentials you’ll want to pack in an easily accessible spot:

Food and kitchen supplies

  • Sandwiches, snacks or the phone number to the nearest pizza delivery
  • Bottled water (lots of it)
  • Plastic plates, cups and utensils
  • Paper towels or napkins
  • Garbage bags


  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Contact lens cases and solution
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Brush and comb
  • Feminine hygiene products


  • Prescription medications
  • OTC headache or pain medications (moving can be headache inducing and taxing on your muscles)
  • First aid kit


  • Light bulbs
  • Flashlight
  • Candles and matches or lighters
  • Scissors
  • Batteries

Clothing and comfort

  • Several days’ worth of clean clothing
  • Pillows and sleeping bags or blankets
  • Battery operated alarm clock

Children’s items

  • Baby formula, food and snacks
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Favorite toys
  • Baby gates
  • Crib and carrier

Pet’s items

  • Pet food and treats
  • Food and water dishes
  • Leash
  • Collar and tags with your cell phone number
  • Pet crate and gates

If you’re planning a move to or from the Washington DC area, let McKendree Moving & Storage help. Contact us at 800-530-2626.

Top Tips for Moving During the Holidays


There are a few things in life that are simultaneously exciting and monumentally stressful. Among them are holidays and moving to a new home. So, imagine just what a stress-fest it is to move during the holiday season!

No worries – McKendree Moving & Storage has tips to help make your holiday move a smooth one:

  • Prioritize your packing: Before you begin filling boxes and loading up the truck, make a list of all the items you’ll want handy during your holiday. Christmas decorations, family photos and other sentimental items, outfits suitable for holiday parties and, of course, any gifts you’ve already purchased should be boxed and loaded last so that they can be quickly and easily retrieved.
  • Get your paperwork in order: We’re not talking about Christmas wrapping paper. We’re talking about all those forms you’ll need if your children are switching schools, if you have pets that will need new registrations, change of address forms for mailings, etc. Place them in a binder and keep it in easy reach rather than packing it away.
  • Send word: Create Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s greeting cards that pull double duty as notification of your address change. Remember to purchase postage stamps before you move and keep them handy.
  • Don’t let the chaos damper your holiday spirit: Moving during the holidays can be particularly tough emotionally. After all, it’s a time when being with family and friends is especially important. Allow your children the time and ability to stay connected with their friends and schoolmates via phone, Skype or social media. Play holiday music while packing and traveling. And fill a small box or bucket with holiday-themed toys, color books, games and other fun stuff to help keep little ones happily occupied throughout the moving process.

Of course, the best way to assure a smooth move during the holidays and any time of the year is to hire a reputable and experienced mover. If you’re moving to or from the Washington, DC area, call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626 to arrange your next move today.

From all of us here at McKendree Moving & Storage, have a wondrous holiday season and a prosperous New Year.