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 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 tough to keep everything straight! … 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 handy to help you through your first night.

The most useful “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 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
    • Various non-perishable foods, in the event that your fridge or freezer isn’t hooked up yet – snacks, canned goods, and other such items
    • 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 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 might not be up and running already, so you can rule out 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 occupied. It is, after all, for just one night … or so!)
  • First Aid and Medications
    • There are scores of compact, inexpensive but well-provisioned first aid kits on the market. 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 a good idea 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.