first day essentials

First Day Essentials

For an easier first few days after your move,
know what to pack

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First Day Essentials

Having some basic essentials could make the world of difference that first night, or even the first weeks that you are in your new home. Whether you’re moving locally or across country, you may need to “camp” while your belongings are in transit. You may want to spend time putting your furniture and personal belongings in place. Therefore, packing some essential items will make the transitioning process a more relaxed and comfortable experience.

If your essentials box or boxes are to be delivered at the same time as all your items, make sure it can clearly be distinguished from all the others. You will need to have these items on hand, so make sure to place them where they are easily accessible amidst the commotion of unpacking and being surrounded by cardboard boxes, bubble wrap and wrapping paper.

If you will be arriving in your new home prior to all of your belongings, plan ahead and think about shipping your essentials to arrive at the same time. If you will only need a few essential items, it may be easier to carry them with you.

Before you move or ship your essentials box, check to see if anything is on the list of Non Allowable Items.

Essentials For The First Days In Your New Home

Bedding And Linens - If your bed will arrive after you, it may be a good idea to pack an air mattress along with some basic bedding.

  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Air mattress
  • Kitchen towels
  • Bathroom towels

Toiletries - Make sure to pack individual essentials along with the day-to-day toiletries.

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

Electronics - We rely heavily on our electronics for many things: communication, work, and entertainment. Ensure you have all chargers, cables, and adapters for each piece of equipment.

  • Cell phones
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Portable alarm clock
  • Chargers and cables

Clothing - You may be starting a new job, have interviews, or children may need to start school before all your belongings arrive. Make sure to pack a variety of clothing per family member.

  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Pajamas
  • Dresses/skirts/pants/shorts
  • Short sleeve & long sleeve tops
  • Lightweight jackets
  • Jackets & coats for cold climates

Cleaning Supplies - Hopefully there won’t be too much cleaning to be done the day you arrive. However, having some basic cleaning supplies on hand when needed can be useful.

  • All purpose cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Glass cleaner
  • Dustpan & Broom
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish soap

Kitchen Items - Whether you love to cook or not, doing so in an empty kitchen is nearly impossible. Having a few essentials can make even the simplest meal easier.

  • Basic pots & pans
  • Basic cooking utensils
  • Plates, cups & eating utensils
  • Dried snacks

Children And Pets - Don’t forget to pack favorite items for children and pets, anything that could make this experience easier for them.

  • Toys
  • Books
  • Blankets
  • Treats

Miscellaneous Items

  • Batteries
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Small portable tool kit
  • Scissors
  • Pen and paper
  • Light bulbs
  • Candles

If you forget something, or are unable to pack everything recommended on this list, not to worry, almost everything can be purchased when you arrive!

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