Be Prepared for Your First Night in Your New Home

Pack an “Open Me First” Box

man unpacking a box Even with the smartest planning – you did properly plan for your move, right? – moving a household can be especially chaotic. People and boxes and vehicles and this and that and the other are constantly coming and going and going and coming and – whew! It’s hard to keep anything under control! … Which is why, when you (and your family?) are in your new home at last and all the delivered boxes are scattered around with all your stuff still in ’em, you’ll need something accessible to help you through your first night.

The right “something” to have is an “Open Me First” box. But that just illustrates the value of sound planning. If you’ve given it some deliberation, you’ll have crammed your first-night “Open Me First” box with …
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, shavers, skin lotion, and other “gear” that helps you maintain your hygiene and appearance
    • towels (also maybe washcloths or loofahs or some such items, depending on your preference)
  • Kitchen/Meal Essentials
    • Various non-perishable foods, as your fridge or freezer may not be hooked up yet – snacks, canned goods, and so so on
    • Plastic or paper plates, cups, utensils, paper towels or napkins (Even if you prefer having food delivered to preparing it in your new home that night, you’ll undoubtedly want something with which to eat and drink besides your hands!)
  • Personal Items
    • Only enough clothing to get you through the next day or so (Keep it simple … unless you you’ll be attending a Grand Ball your first night in!)
    • Cell phone and other chargers
  • Entertainment
    • Cards
    • Board Games
    • Books and magazines
    • (Your TV and entertainment system probably won’t be set up already, so you can skip bringing along DVDs or Blu-rays. You know you’ve been wanting a few minutes to finish reading that new novel, anyway. And if you’ve got kids, the cards or board games should keep them well enough occupied. It is, after all, for just one night … or so!)
  • First Aid and Medications
    • There are a lot of compact, inexpensive but well-provisioned first aid kits on the market. Get one!
    • Don’t forget to carry with you any prescription medications you or your family members take. Aspirin (or some other over-the-counter painkiller) would be invaluable as well.
Keep in mind: the better you plan and the quicker you do it, the smoother your move will go. And the better your first night will be in your new home.