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Preparing Meals for Moving Day

With so much going on during a move, it can easy to forget about planning your meals for moving day. Therefore it’s helpful to plan your meals in advance. Plan ahead with easy, prepared meals for the whole family. This can minimize stress on your actual moving day by giving you one less thing to worry about. We’ve gathered some useful tips to help you prepare your meals for moving day.

Prepare Healthy and Nutritious Meals

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Preparing your meals in advance can help you avoid last-minute options like unhealthy fast food. When preparing your meals, you’ll want to choose foods that are healthy, nutritious, and balanced. Nourishing foods will keep everyone’s energy levels high. Light, wholesome foods will help support the physical strength and mental stamina that moving requires. 

Fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains are excellent options. Processed foods or too much sugar will only slow you down. Avoid foods that can make you feel sluggish like bacon, salami, and sausage.

Easy Meals to Prepare

Before moving day, plan what your family will be eating for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It can be difficult to cook when you first move into your home because your pots and pans will be packed away in boxes and your refrigerator will probably be empty. This is another reason it’s best to prepare your meals in advance. Here are some ideas on easy foods to prepare for each meal on moving day.


African American man and son eating cereal.

Prepare breakfast for the day of and the morning after. Cereal and oatmeal are quick and easy breakfast options. Another option is to prepare overnight oats the day before and add fruits to them in the morning. We suggest drinking orange juice to load up on Vitamin C or coffee to help you stay awake and alert.


A happy African American couple eating salad while sitting on the floor with boxes surrounding them.

Meals you can have on the go like sandwiches or wraps are perfect for lunch during moving day. Think food you would take on a picnic. Salads are an excellent option as well. All you need is some greens, veggies, and dressing. You can pre-pack servings in mason jars with the dressing on the bottom so nothing gets soggy. You can also add slices of rotisserie chicken as an easy way to add some protein to your salad.


A happy biracial couple eating pizza while sitting on a floor surrounded by boxes.

Anything you can easily pop in the oven is a wonderful choice for a moving day dinner. Some examples are homemade frozen pizza, chicken pot-pie, or lasagna and garlic bread. Casseroles are great options as well since they only require one pan to prepare. Pasta and stews are also easy options.

For dinner, you may want to reward yourself after moving by ordering takeout. It helps to plan this out in advance, too. Before your move, collect different takeout menus and numbers from restaurants in the area. This way you’ll be prepared and won’t waste too much time searching when you’re ready to eat.

Moving Day Snacks

A masked African American woman carrying a box of healthy snacks and beverages.

Having access to moving day snacks can help you stay alert and productive. Some great ideas for healthy snacks that won’t slow you down are granola bars, nuts, fruits, and peanut butter sandwiches. You can also prep veggies with dip or yogurt cups in advance. Avoid sweets like cookies or brownies during the move. Save them as a treat after your move instead.

Stay Hydrated

An Indian woman filling up a water bottle at her sink.

It’s even more important to stay hydrated when moving since it requires a lot of physical energy. Make sure to pack enough water bottles for the day. Avoid drinking too much soda because the sugar might cause you to crash.

Don’t Forget About Your Pets

If you have pets don’t forget to prepare their food, too. Separate enough portions for each of their meals during moving day. They’ll be sure to get hungry as well. You may even want to bring treats or toys that can keep them busy while you move. For dogs, consider bringing rawhide or a durable chew toy. Cats will love your empty boxes.

For more tips on moving with pets, check out this post.

Pack an Essentials Box

When moving, it’s always useful to pack an essentials box. Include things like hand soap, paper towels, and hand sanitizer. For your meals, pack a few plates and silverware. We recommend paper plates and to-go silverware so you won’t have to worry about dishes during your move.

Hire a White Glove Moving Company

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Preparing your meals for moving day is a wonderful way to make your move less stressful. Another great way to make your move less stressful is to hire a top Orlando moving company, like Megan’s Moving. Hiring our white glove moving will help your moving day go as smoothly and efficiently as possible so that you can actually enjoy your meal at the end of the day. Request a quote for your full-service move today!

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