Plan Ahead for Your First Night in Your New Home06/23/2017Pack an “Open Me First” Box No matter how smartly you planned – 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 always coming and going and going and coming and – whew! It’s tough to keep your head on straight! … 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 correct “something” to have is an “Open Me First” box. But that just showcases the value of intelligent planning. If you’ve given it some forethought, you’ll have loaded your first-night “Open Me First” box with … Toiletries Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, shavers, skin lotion, and anything else that 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 decide not to cook but to order out, you’ll undoubtedly want something with which to eat and drink besides your hands!) Personal Items Enough clothes for a day or two (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 probably won’t be set up 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 a lot of practical, inexpensive but properly stocked first aid kits out there. Get one! Don’t forget to carry with you any prescription medications you or your family members take. Aspirin (or some other over-the-counter painkiller) would be a good idea as well. 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.