Imagine it’s your first night in your new home, and all you want to do is take your contacts out, brush your teeth, and slip into your favorite pajamas. But, instead, you start rifling through box after box, trying to figure out where you packed the things that you’ll need to get through the first few days in your new home.
Thankfully, there’s a better way.
Packing an essentials box when making a household move can help make your first few days and weeks in your new home more manageable. You’ll have everything that you need for day-to-day living handy while you unpack your moving boxes. Here, we’ll take a look at everything you’ll need to pack in your essentials box to lower your stress levels as you settle in.
It’s critical to have all of the personal items you need to rest comfortably and prepare for the following day available in your essentials bag. A few days before your move, think about everything you need to get ready for bed at night. You should pack your toothbrush, medications, hairbrush, face wash, lotion, and other items you use to wind down in the evening into your essentials bag. You’ll also want to think through everything you use to get ready in the morning, including shower supplies, makeup, a hairdryer, and a change of clothes.
Likely, you won’t spend much time cooking as you unpack your kitchen, but it’s wise to have supplies on hand that can make it easier to enjoy takeout and quick meals from the grocery store. Paper plates and plastic utensils, cups, and easy snacks (like granola bars or dried fruit) can help you manage until you get to unpack your kitchen fully. You’ll also want to be sure to pack a few trash bags, dish soap, and other light kitchen cleaning items.
Keep a few garage staples in your essentials bag, including a basic toolkit, a flashlight, matches, and candles in case of an electrical issue, paper towels, and basic cleaning supplies. A dustpan can also help clean up small messages that inevitably occur during the unpacking process.
If you have a pet, be sure you bring their essentials as well. Pack their food, dishes, leashes, disposal bags, and anything else that you need to keep them active and happy as you move into your new home. Also, if your pet takes any medication, be sure to pack that in the essentials box as well.
Pack your phone charger, laptop, tablet, and any other electronics that you want to have on-hand in your essentials bag as well.
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