Moving Tips We Love: The Emergency Kitchen Box

You’re moving. The last thing you’re thinking about is meals. But when moving day comes, you’ll wish you had a plan. While pizza is absolutely a great moving day meal – heck, it can be delivered and pizza shops are everywhere –  pizza for 3 or even your first few days’ meals will still not suffice. So pack some basic kitchen supplies so you don’t have to turn to takeout again and again.

The Box Itself

Make sure your emergency box is easily identified – maybe use a Rubbermaid tub? If a company is moving you, make sure you label it clearly as the “KITCHEN BOX” so you don’t have to go looking for it and if you pack this box yourself maybe pack it in your car separate from the rest of the boxes.


  • Saucepan: A must – heat up some soup, cook pasta, oatmeal, etc.
  • Frying pan: Scrambled eggs, sauté vegetables, the list goes on and on.
  • Knife: Pack one. Do we really ever use more than one?
  • Cutting board: protect those brand new counter tops!
  • Large bowl: Good for salads, beat eggs, popcorn, etc.
  • Tongs: Got a grill? You’ll need these.
  • Foil: good for cooking, grilling, wrapping, storing or even a makeshift cooking lid.
  • Ziplocs
  • Oil, salt, and pepper

If you eat, you must have…

  • One set of plates, bowls, knives, forks, and spoons for each person. [And yes it is ok to pack paper products and plastic utensils]
  • Glasses – plastic is your best bet here. And don’t forget your COFFEE MUGS
  • Wine and/or bottle opener: It’s a lot harder to reward yourself with a cold beer or a glass of wine at the end of moving day if you can’t open it.

If you eat, you must clean

  • Dish soap and sponge
  • Kitchen towels: use these to wrap that knife and use as pot holders.
  • Paper towels: clean up your face, clean up your space

Creating an emergency kitchen box is a simple task to complete while packing. Your stomach will thank you for the effort. Not to mention you’ll be reaching less for that wallet!

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