how to pack a bathroom

How To Pack A Bathroom

Know how to safely back your personal belongings
for moving long distance

cross country movers

How To Pack A Bathroom

The bathroom is a space within a home used for personal care. Dating back in history, bathing was a shared experience, often taking place in public baths. Still, in some countries, such as Japan, it is common and a social norm to share the act of personal cleansing. Since bathing individually, our bathrooms have become smaller, yet we maximize the space in which we can store the items we use within this sanctuary. When the time comes to pack up the bathroom, there are a few tips to simplify the process and stay organized.

Essentials Box

You will need to keep some daily items unpacked, to include in your essentials box. These may include:

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Shaving cream
  • Razor
  • Soap
  • Medicines
  • Cosmetics
  • Medical kit
  • Bathroom tissue

Cabinets And Drawers

Begin by sorting through the cabinets, drawers and vanity. Throw or give away anything that you do not use, is old, or half used. Most of these items can be purchased once you get to your new destination. Items you will be packing must be closed properly to limit any leaking. Using zippered plastic bags can be very helpful.

Medicines And First Aid

If you have a medicine cabinet or medicines, you will need to be thorough and careful while checking each one. Medicines and first aid supplies should be discarded if:

  • It has passed the expiration date
  • There is no label or the label is not clear
  • The color, appearance, smell or consistency has changed
  • The treatment was discontinued or not completed
  • The medicine causes side effects that didn't occur before
  • The medicine doesn't seem to work

You can talk to a pharmacist or contact the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) to learn how to properly dispose of any medicines. Do not flush medicines down the toilet, they cause environmental damage and contamination.

The medicines and first aid supplies to be kept that are currently being used or are heat sensitive need to either be packed in your essentials box or kept with you for the duration of the move. The medicines to be packed should be clearly marked.

If there are children or pets, make sure not to leave any medicines lying around and ensure they are packed securely.

Packing Materials

Make sure to have plenty of packing supplies before you begin. You will need an assortment of different sized boxes including:

  • Small boxes (16 x 12 x 12) – use small boxes to pack toiletries and medicines
  • Medium boxes (18 x 18 x 16) – these boxes can be used for towels and heavier items such as hairdryers and other small appliances
  • Unprinted newspaper
  • Ziploc bags or plastic bags – use these bags to limit leakage when packing bottles
  • Packing/Sealing Tape
  • Marker labels


When packing your items into boxes, remember to not pack them to heavy. Linens and towels can be used to protect the items that are to be packed in the boxes. Wrap any fragile items with bubble wrap prior to being placed in boxes, and be sure to fill any empty spaces with crumpled packing paper, packing peanuts or use those extra towels, it’s a great way to save on space.

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