Be Prepared for Your First Night in Your New Home

Pack an “Open Me First” Box

man unpacking a box Even with the most thorough planning – you did properly plan for your move, right? – moving a household can be incredibly chaotic. People and boxes and vehicles and this and that and the other are always coming and going and going and coming and – whew! It’s tough to keep track of it all! … Which is why, when you finally get yourself (and your family?) into your new home and all the delivered boxes are sitting around with all your stuff still in ’em, you’ll need something handy to help you through your first night.

The right “something” to have is an “Open Me First” box. Of course, that’s where good planning comes in. If you’ve given it some attention, you’ll have stuffed your first-night “Open Me First” box with …
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, shavers, skin lotion, and [[whatever else keeps you fresh, hygienic, and looking good
    • towels (also maybe washcloths or loofahs or some such items, depending on your preference)
  • Kitchen/Meal Essentials
    • Various non-perishable foods, in the event that your fridge or freezer isn’t hooked up yet – snacks, canned goods, and so forth
    • 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 probably want something with which to eat and drink besides your hands!)
  • Personal Items
    • A day or two’s worth of clothes (Keep it simple … unless you plan on 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 connected yet, 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 engaged. It is, after all, for just one night … or so!)
  • First Aid and Medications
    • There are a lot of practical, inexpensive but well-provisioned first aid kits you can get. Get one!
    • You’ll also want to carry with you any prescription medications you or your family members take. Aspirin (or some other over-the-counter painkiller) would be prudent too.
Keep in mind: the better you plan and the sooner you do it, the smoother your move will go. And the better your first night will be in your new home.