First Night Must-Haves For Your New Home

Maria Fricano June 14, 2018

First Night Must-Haves For Your New Home

In the flurry to prepare for your big move, don’t forget to have what you need for that first night. Moving can be stressful, and it’s comforting to know that you’ve got your essentials taken care of. You’ll no doubt be tired after a long day, so here’s what you need to gather in a few boxes to make those first few hours in your new place as relaxed as possible.

First night box for your home

There will be a thousand small tasks to take care of in those first few hours in your new home. Make your life easier by putting all the tools you’ll need to accomplish them in one box. This includes:

  • Garbage bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Lightbulbs
  • Flashlight
  • Basic cleaning supplies
  • Phone chargers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Small kit of tools
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils
  • Can opener
  • Coffee maker and supplies
  • Pens and markers
  • Snacks
  • Bath towels
  • Batteries
  • Sheets, blankets and pillows for beds
  • Shower curtain
  • First aid kit

First night box for you

In addition to packing up all the necessities you’ll need for the house, don’t forget about your own needs. Include the essentials, as well as one or two items that will make your new place feel like home, including:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Other toiletries like soap, lotion, shampoo, etc.
  • Medications
  • A couple of changes of clothes
  • Shoes
  • Pajamas
  • A good book
  • Candle, incense or essential oil diffuser

First night box for your kids

If you’re making the move with kids in tow, don’t forget to include boxes for each of them as well. Make sure to have all the things that will help to keep them occupied and happy while the moving truck is being unloaded. In fact, it’s a great idea to have them each get settled in their own rooms when they arrive – it will put everyone a little more at ease. When you’re packing the first night boxes for your kids, remember to include:

  • A few changes of clothes
  • Diapers and wipes, if needed
  • Pajamas
  • A couple of their favorite toys
  • Books and games to keep them occupied
  • Medications
  • Sippy cups or bottles
  • Night lights for their new rooms
  • Their favorite snacks

First night box for your pets

Last but not least, remember to include your pets in this process. There’s nothing worse than showing up to your new place with your cat and realizing the litter box is buried somewhere in the moving truck. When you get to your new house, find a quiet room and leave your pets in there with the door closed. This will keep their stress levels lower and keep them out of the way while boxes are being unloaded. Remember to pack:

  • A few days worth of food
  • Water and food dishes
  • Cat litter box, litter, and scoop
  • Dog leash and waste bags
  • Toys and treats
  • Carrier or crate
  • Favorite blanket
  • Pet bed

Finally, don’t forget to leave time for a little celebration! Pack a bottle of your favorite bubbly and be sure to toast to your new home. Congratulations!

 

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