Pack an Overnight Bag for Moving

By Weston Cooper,

You’ve just moved into your brand new place. Everything looks empty, begging to be filled with your belongings. You start to unpack but suddenly realize you’re exhausted. The thought “Which box did I pack my toothbrush in?” pops in your head.

This is where packing an overnight bag comes in, even if you’re moving a short distance. Having essentials close and easy to find spares you added frustration and work. Here are some tips for packing your overnight bag:

Pack toiletries first

Technically, the first thing you’ll need is large duffel or suitcase. Now, pack the toiletry items you use every day. These would be things like:

  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • comb
  • makeup
  • deodorant
  • toilet paper (very important)

If you’re spending multiple nights at a hotel or a relative’s house while moving, make sure to pack shampoos, body washes, and other shower items, too.

Bring spare clothes

You’re probably going to feel tired and grimy after traveling, packing, and moving. Bringing extra clothes helps make you feel put together the next day. It’s always a good idea to have at least one change of clothes, though you may want to bring additional clothes if you’re going back to work the next day as well.

Keep valuables with you

Laptops, IDs, passports, birth certificates, sentimental items, and medicines are all things that can get lost, broken, or even stolen during a moving trip. Keeping them with you ensures their protection. While many moving companies offer insurance, some items are priceless and hard to replace.

Remember the details

Will you want to eat when you get to your new home? Chances are you’ll need:

  • kitchen utensils
  • pot/pan
  • spatula
  • paper plates
  • napkins/paper towels

If you want to shower, pack an extra towel. Your phones and tablets might be run out of battery life, too, so bring chargers. And you’ll likely want bed sheets and blankets in your new place, especially if you haven’t set up your bed yet.

Lastly, remember to pack your overnight bag into your car, not the moving vehicle, and pack it last to you can grab it easily.