When moving day arrives, it’s all hands on deck. It can be a bit crazy at times with boxes and people seeming to go every which way. Even with the most organized plans, it’s inevitable that things are missed. Here are some common items forgotten on moving day.


Batteries are always needed when you don’t have them on hand. Especially when moving into a new home. Make sure to pick up a fresh supply of AA, D and 9-volt to take care of remote controls, clocks, smoke detectors and any toys, if you have children.

Broom, Dust Pan, and Vacuum

Whether you are sweeping or vacuuming on your way out or after hundreds of shoes have stomped throughout your new home as they bring in all the boxes, you’re going to want to walk into the living room barefoot on clean carpets.

Chargers and Electronics

Have you ever left a charger in a hotel room or rental car? It’s just as easy to leave them behind in a move. If you can, charge them the day before your move and put all chargers, cords and non-essential electronics in your purse or vehicle. You’re likely to need your phone, but make sure it’s on your checklist so you don’t leave it behind.

Cleaning Supplies

Even the cleanest family can leave behind a mess and before you put your hand on something sticky—and let out an ewww!—make sure you have a rubber tub or box dedicated to cleaning supplies. Those should include multi-purpose cleaning spray, Clorox wipes, dishwasher detergent, dish soap, hand soap, laundry detergent, bleach, toilet bowl cleaner, rags, sponges, bucket, and a couple of drying towels.


Be sure to visit your local post office and fill out a change of address card prior to your last day at your current home. That way, you won’t miss any bills.

Medical Supplies

When it comes to medications, make sure they are in a logical, easy-to-reach place so you can take them when needed. Also, if you don’t already, set an alarm on your phone at the times you need to take them on moving day. It’s easy to forget out-of-sight tasks when overly busy and stressed.

Paper Goods

Another of the essential boxes that are last to leave and first to enter your new home is the one containing paper goods—especially toilet paper. Include paper towels and plastic bags for garbage.

Snacks and Drinks

A quick snack and a cold bottle of water can go a long way when you just need something fast and easy. Personal-sized snacks are a great option because you can grab a bag or package and keep moving. There will be time later on for a burger or pizza, but for now granola bars, peanut butter crackers, and protein bars will be worth their weight in gold. If you might need a hit of caffeine, throw some soda or iced tea into the cooler as well.

Tool Kit

When choosing your moving day tool kit, make sure you include a hammer, a variety of different size and types of screwdrivers, measuring tape, a level, pliers, a utility knife, and an electric screwdriver if you have one. It could come in really handy—especially at the end of the day when you’re tired.

One Last Item

Consider putting together a “First Few Days” box with some non-perishable, simple food supplies (peanut butter and jelly, anyone?), a flashlight, cups, and non-breakable or disposable dishes and plastic utensils. Don’t forget a manual can opener and a wine bottle opener, if that is something you’ll need after a long day.

Another tub with a bottle of shampoo, shower gel, a towel, pajamas and a couple changes of clothes for each person can give you just enough time to find and put those boxes of items away.

When you are ready to leave your home for the last time, walk through every room and look into every closet and drawer. Make sure any pets are already with family members and not in danger of being forgotten.

After that, go to your new home and collapse regroup.

Help from the Professionals

If all of this has you exhausted just thinking about it, and you would like an experienced, thorough, and careful company to help you move into your new home, request a quote from Alliance Moving & Storage. We are passionate about helping our customers start the next chapter of their lives. This is the heart of why we do what we do, and why we do residential moving so well.

Common Items Forgotten on Moving Day