Plan Ahead for Your First Night in Your New Home

Pack an “Open Me First” Box

man unpacking a box Regardless of how smartly you planned – you did properly plan for your move, right? – moving a household can be uncommonly 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 hard to keep up with it all! … Which is why, when you finally get yourself (and your family?) into your new home and all the unpacked boxes are strewn 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 well demonstrates the value of sound planning. If you’ve given it some reflection, you’ll have stuffed your first-night “Open Me First” box with …
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, shavers, skin lotion, and other “gear” that 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
    • Various non-perishable foods, should your fridge or freezer not be hooked up yet – snacks, canned goods, and so so on
    • Plastic or paper plates, cups, utensils, paper towels or napkins (Even if you prefer having food delivered to preparing it in your new home that night, you’ll probably 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 aren’t likely to be connected yet, so you can skip 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 occupied. It is, after all, for just one night … or so!)
  • First Aid and Medications
    • There are scores of practical, inexpensive but well-provisioned first aid kits out there. Get one!
    • Don’t forget to bring 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 earlier you do it, the smoother your move will go. And the better your first night will be in your new home.