Regardless if it was office moving companies or personal decision, when the day comes for you to move out of your current home and begin the trek to your new location, you’re going to have a ton on your mind. Did you shut off the utilities? Did you turn on the utilities at your new place? There are so many things to remember. And while it’s always a relief to unpack and finally be settled in your new home, it’s a good idea to pack a ‘first-night survival pack’ for that first night in your new home to make the transition easier.
Here are a few suggestions on what you should plan to pack for that first night in your new digs.
Some would argue that toilet paper is the most essential thing you’ll need for your first night, and they’re probably right. Pack a roll or two in your bag along with toothpaste, soap, and shampoo so you won’t have to dig through boxes when the need arises.
Plates and Cutlery
When you finally get into your new home, you’re going to want a hearty meal. Now’s a good time to fire up that smartphone and find a good takeout joint that delivers. Having some plates and cutlery in your first night bag — even paper and plastic — makes it easy to have a nice sit-down meal, even if you’re sitting on the floor.
Cuts, scrapes, aches, and sprains come with the territory when you’re hauling furniture into your new home. Be prepared by packing a small first aid kit with bandages, ibuprofen, and anti-bacterial gel or spray.
Today we depend on our gadgets, whether they’re tablets, laptops, cell phones or all of the above. Be prepared to charge your devices once you get to your new location by packing the appropriate plugs and charging cables, so you never run out of juice.
Change of Clothes
Depending on when you arrive at your new location, it may take another day for you to unpack all of your belongings, which means your wardrobe could be packed up for a while. It’s a good idea to pack a change of clothes and underwear so you can start the next day fresh and clean.
Fun Stuff to Do
When you move to your new home, you may not have electricity hooked up right away, which means no TV. And while you can use your phone to stream movies, that can eat up your data pretty quickly. So, plan on packing some fun things to do to entertain yourselves, especially if you have kids. Bring books, card games, and even board games to have some fun and unwind after the long day of travel, especially if you’re doing interstate moving.
Stuff for Baby
If you’re moving with a baby, don’t forget to pack wipes, sippy cups, and extra diapers for that first night.
Stuff for Pets
Moving is stressful for pets, but if you pack along your pet’s favorite toys, snacks, and some food, it will help them adjust more quickly to their new surroundings.
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