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Michael Maffucci is a third generation mover and President of Verity Van Lines, Long Island’s leading moving company. Learn more about him here.
Creating a First Night Moving Kit
Arriving in your new home after a move is an exciting time. The stress of moving day is finally over, and all the planning you have been doing has finally paid off. However, it can also be a challenging time because now you’re faced with unpacking and settling in. One of the ways you can make your first night in your home easier and more enjoyable is by creating a first night moving kit before you move. In this article, we’ll show you how to do it.
First, find a few sturdy boxes or clear containers and mark them ‘unpack first’ or something similar. This is where you will keep your first night essentials. In those containers you will put the following items:
- Toiletries: After spending the day unpacking, cleaning, and settling in, you’re going to want to clean up and refresh, so make sure to pack soap, shampoo, a few towels, washcloths, toothpaste, and other grooming essentials. Make sure to pack liquids in leakproof plastic bags. Don’t forget to pack essential medications as well!
- Linens: Pillows, mattress covers, sheets, blankets and other bedding supplies are essential, so make sure to put them in the kit.
- Clothing: Make sure to pack essential clothing that you may need. Pajamas, a fresh change of clothes, sweaters or sweatshirts (depending on weather), pants and other items that you don’t want to spend a lot of time searching for.
Basic unpacking tools: The last thing you want to do when you move in is run to the hardware store to purchase unpacking supplies. Make sure to pack scissors, box cutters, trash bags and a small tool kit for assembling furniture. Adding a first aid kit is a great idea as well.
- Cleaning supplies: Keep some basic cleaning supplies on hand in your kit to help make your new home clean: paper towels, glass cleaner, rags and a dustpan and broom will come in handy.
- Kitchen essentials: Consider packing enough paper plates, plastic cups, napkins and plastic cutlery to get you through your first few days.
- Chargers: Make sure to have enough chargers on hand to keep your family’s mobile devices charged and ready to go.
Creating a first night moving kit will pay giant dividends on moving day and help you enjoy the first night in your new home. If you are still unsure what to pack, speak to your moving company, they’ll be glad to help.
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