Moving is one of life’s most stressful events. One way to reduce stress is to bring essential items with you in your vehicle for the first day and night in your new home. Often, you may be waiting on movers to arrive or everything to be unpacked. Being prepared that first day is an important step in the moving process. Here is a helpful list of items you may want on the first day of move-in.
Items to Pack with You for the First Day & Night in Your New Home
At least 2 changes of clothing per person.
Toiletries including toilet paper, soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste.
A shower curtain.
A hand towel and enough bath towels for your family.
A first aid kit.
Electronics such as laptops, tablets, phones, chargers and a power strip.
Trash bags, paper plates, paper towels, paper cups and plastic utensils.
A small portable toolkit.
A flashlight and extra batteries.
A caddy of basic cleaning supplies.
Pet food and bowls.
If waiting on a moving truck to arrive with furniture, pack an air mattress or sleeping bags, and enough pillows, blankets and sheets for your family.
If waiting on furniture, you may want to pack folding chairs and a folding table, if you have space in your vehicle.
For quick meals, pack bottled water and snacks such as granola bars and nuts, a loaf of bread, peanut butter and jelly, and a box of pasta. Include a pan, large spoon and colander if cooking on your own. Many people will order take-out meals until the movers arrive.
Valuable items that you do not want to lose such as jewelry or family heirlooms, if these are not already stored in a safe deposit box.
Important papers such as financial documents, your checkbook, credit cards, passport, the contract from your moving company, and a checklist and contact information of the utility companies that service your new home.
If you want to efficiently and quickly have your home unpacked and organized, professional organizing services are available to help. If you’re relocating to the Raleigh, North Carolina area, contact On Task Organizing about our unpacking services. If you are moving elsewhere within the United States, check The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals listings for a professional organizer near your new home.