Plan Ahead for Your First Night in Your New Home

Pack an “Open Me First” Box

man unpacking a box Even with the best of planning – you did properly plan for your move, right? – moving a household can be especially 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 everything on track! … Which is why, when you finally get yourself (and your family?) into your new home and all the delivered boxes are scattered around with all your stuff still in ’em, you’ll need something ready at hand to help you through your first night.

The correct “something” to have is an “Open Me First” box. Of course, that’s where good planning comes in. If you’ve given it some deliberation, you’ll have loaded 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
    • A selection of non-perishable foods, should your fridge or freezer not be hooked up yet – snacks, canned goods, and other such things
    • 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 figure 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 aren’t likely to be available already, so you can forget bringing along DVDs or Blu-rays. You know you’ve been hoping 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 well enough engaged. It is, after all, for just one night … or so!)
  • First Aid and Medications
    • There are scores of practical, inexpensive but properly stocked first aid kits on the market. Get one!
    • Don’t forget to take along any prescription medications you or your family members take. Aspirin (or some other over-the-counter painkiller) would be a good idea as well.
Remember: 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.