Arguably, the worst part about moving is unpacking. Let us help you streamline the tedious process with this ever-relevant idea.  


Decide on Your Container 

For this DIY, we recommend using a distinctive container, preferably something that’s clear and sealable, so that it doesn’t get mixed up with the rest of your boxes. TIP: gather together all the materials you would like to include in your kit first, so that you can get a sense of how large of a container you’ll need.  


Gather Your Supplies 

Here are some items we recommend for your unpacking kit: a box cutter or scissors, trash bags, cleaning supplies, and Advil or Tylenol. If you have children, you may also want to include games and toys to occupy them while you unpack. 


Include an “Open First” Bag or Box 

Here are some items we recommend for your “open first” bag or box: toilet paper, matches and candles, chargers for your personal electronics, a fresh change of clothes, toiletries including shampoo, conditioner and hand soap, and a fresh set of sheets.   


And Don’t Forget About Snacks! 

Include snacks that are non-perishable so that if you don’t have access to a fridge right away, you won’t have to worry about your food going bad. Think: granola bars, mixed nuts, crackers, and pastries. If you plan to prepare food right away, or even if you don’t, include paper or plastic plates, cups and utensils in your kit. Finally, if you have a pet, don’t forget to include dishes and food for them.  


For more packing and moving-related tips and tricks, you might find our article, Tips for a Smooth Move, helpful.

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter: @zakkassam

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