Moving and Packing Tips

What to Pack in an Overnight Moving Bag

What is an overnight bag

A moving bag of essentials would be your moving day survival kit during your move. It is the bag that will carry everything you might need to spend a couple of nights at your new spot until you have the chance to unpack your belongings. Not only that, but it will also serve as your mini-safe, where you can store important documents and items that you don’t want to risk sending with the rest of your luggage.

A gym bag or a travel bag will be enough to pack your overnight luggage in. However, if you are travelling abroad, moving to a different country, you might consider a bigger suitcase. When it comes to international removals, the following overnight bag list might look a bit different. This will depend on personal needs and your situation. For now, we will focus on the basics that you will need to cover in order to pack the perfect overnight bag.

What to pack in an overnight bag

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Who is this post for:

  • People that are relocating;
  • People that are staying at a friends house for a couple of days;
  • Travellers.

Clothes and beddings for an overnight stay

  • Change of clothes + Spares;
  • Change of shoes;
  • Clean underwear and socks;
  • Sleeping clothes;
  • Slippers / flip-flops;
  • Towels;
  • Blanket;
  • Bedsheets;
  • Pillows+pillowcase.

Remember to check the forecast for your moving date and pack warmer clothes if needed. Pack additional underwear and socks in case you engage in some sports or other physical activity and would like to take a quick shower. Unlike other travelling bags, your moving bag of essentials does not have to be simple and minimalistic. Its sole purpose is to contain everything that you might need and provide you with easy access to it.

Items for entertainment

  • Phone + charger;
  • Laptop/tablet + charger;
  • Wi-fi biscuit;
  • Small portable speaker;
  • Book.

At your new home, there might not be cable TV and internet available for the first couple of days, so pack something to keep you entertained during your unpacking breaks. The speaker will boost up your mood to deal with the vast amount of work that you will have to cover before setting your new home the way you like.

Toiletries for your moving bag of essentials

  • Toothbrush;
  • Shampoo;
  • Soap/shower gel;
  • Toilet paper;
  • Comb;
  • Feminine products (if needed);
  • Roll-on/deodorant;
  • Body lotion/hand cream;
  • Hairdryer;
  • Wipes.

Hygiene is important and toiletries are a mandatory part of your overnight luggage. You may not have time to unpack all of your belongings right after you move in your new home but you will want to take a shower before bed or first thing in the morning. This is why it is so important to pack basic toiletries in your overnight bag.

Pet-related overnight essentials

  • Dog food + dog treats;
  • Cat food + treats;
  • Two bowls for food and water;
  • Leash;
  • Plastic bags;
  • Cat litter;
  • A couple of toys.

You can’t forget about your pet. It is a part of the family as well, and it should have a small overnight bag of its own.


  • Medication / Med Kit;
  • Documents;
  • Umbrella;
  • Set of eating utensils (can be plastic, too) or at least a foldable knife;
  • Water and snacks;
  • Spare lightbulb (in case there is any missing);
  • Batteries.

If you are on prescription medication, make sure you add it to your overnight bag list. Add some plasters, disinfectant and painkillers just in case. Pack them separately in a bag or a plastic organiser. That will be your moving medkit.

Your important documents should always be with you. Personal documents, diplomas, birth certificates and anything else. Keep them in a folder and keep them in a separate compartment of your bag.

Water and snacks will prove valuable if you arrive late and need some extra energy to make your bed and go to sleep.

Jewellery and expensive items can be stored at a friends house or at your bank if you have that option.
If you are a family on the move, each member should have their own relocation bag packed.

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful!

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