Be Prepared for Your First Night in Your New Home

Pack an “Open Me First” Box

man unpacking a box No matter how well you planned – 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 constantly coming and going and going and coming and – whew! It’s hard to keep your wits about you! … Which is why, when you (and your family?) are in your new home at last and all the unopened boxes are strewn 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. But that perfectly demonstrates the importance of sound planning. If you’ve given it some forethought, you’ll have provisioned your first-night “Open Me First” box with …
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, shavers, skin lotion, and [[whatever else helps you stay fresh, hygienic, and looking good
    • towels (also maybe washcloths or loofahs or some such items, depending on your preference)
  • Kitchen/Meal Essentials
    • A few non-perishable foods, as your fridge or freezer may not be hooked up yet – snacks, canned goods, and so forth
    • Plastic or paper plates, cups, utensils, paper towels or napkins (Even if you’d rather order out than cook, 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 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 aren’t likely to be put together yet, so you can rule out bringing along DVDs or Blu-rays. You know you’ve been looking for a few minutes to finish reading that new novel, anyway. And if you’ve got kids, the cards or board games should keep them adequately entertained. It is, after all, for just one night … or so!)
  • First Aid and Medications
    • There are a lot of small, inexpensive but well-equipped first aid kits you can get. Get one!
    • You should also plan 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.
Take heed: 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.