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Here are some great lists for making sure you don't get stuck without the essentials your first night in your new home! Wish I'd thought to do this last time I moved. Hate it when I can't find the toothbrush or the phone charger! (the following article is from Moving.com a part of the realtor.com network)


Having a "First night” bag, box or suitcase will not only give you peace of mind once the movers have left, but it will also make the entire experience less stressful overall. Of course, if you’re embarking on an interstate move, and your movers aren’t slated to arrive for another week, you’re going to need to pack enough clothing and personal essentials to last you during that time. Your “first night” bag should really be more of a “first week” suitcase.

Here's a checklist of items you should consider when packing personal essentials:

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste

  • Toiletries

  • Medications

  • Chargers for phones, computers and other necessary electronics

  • Pajamas

  • Extra underwear

  • Clothing and outerwear for the first couple of days

  • Shoes

  • Sleeping sound machine (if moving to a noisy city)

  • First aid kit

  • Wallet and credit cards


After you pack a first night bag for yourself, I recommend packing a separate suitcase or box with all of your home essentials for the first few days. If your move is same-day, simply pack a clearly labeled “first night home essentials” box to be included with the other relocation boxes. If the move is going to take a week or two, I recommend taking these home essentials with you on the move.

Packing these items will not only save you a trip to the CVS, but your sanity as well. Especially when it comes to things like finding toilet paper. Here’s what I recommend packing for the home:

  • Snacks, a few canned goods and sandwich basics

  • Sheets and pillows for the beds

  • Trash bags

  • Bottled water

  • Bath towels

  • Extra batteries

  • Toilet paper and a roll of paper towels

  • Small bottle of laundry detergent

  • Shower curtain (if needed)

  • Paper plates, utensils and cups

  • Lightbulbs

  • Flashlight

  • Can opener

  • Essential cleaning supplies


Moving with children and pets makes the relocation process all the more challenging. Thankfully, by preparing a separate overnight bag, you can thwart a lot of those first night problems for Fluffy and the kiddos. Moving is stressful and chaotic enough for both pets and children, so prepping a “first night” bag with familiar items will not only help to keep their anxiety at bay, but will also make their experience a fun one.

Here’s what to consider when packing an overnight bag for your kiddos:

  • Diapers

  • Wipes

  • Clothing and pajamas

  • Something to keep them contained, such as a portable bouncy seat or pack n’ play set.

  • A toy

  • Books or an iPad to play games

  • Snacks, formula, juice, food, etc.

  • Sippy cups or bottles

  • Pacifiers

  • Medications and first aid kit

Don’t forget fido or fluffy! Here’s what to consider when packing for your pets:

  • Enough food for a few days.

  • Food and water dishes

  • Poop bags or kitty litter box/scooper

  • Leash

  • Toys and bones for your dog to chew on

  • Cat toys

  • Crate or carrier

  • Blanket


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